Apple, in its infinite wisdom, has not included a Kensington lock slot in the current model of the MacBook Pro computer. Given the computer's price, desirability, and the fact that three people I know have had theirs stolen, I decided to build an improvised adapter that would allow me attach a Kensington lock to the computer. I realize, that the security offered by such a contraption is what my colleague Vassilis Prevelakis calls an "advisory lock", for Kensington locks can be easily picked or pried away. However, I think it might deter a casual thief who would snatch the laptop you've left unattended for a couple of minutes.
The adapter is an L shaped piece of metal that will slide into the slot between the laptop's screen and body. Note that the slot is widest when the screen is half-open. To use the lock, you slide the adapter into the slot from the front, and attach the Kensington lock cable to the adapter's part protruding from the computer's back. Here is how to build it.
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