What happens if they swap out the HDD? I'm not a laptop thief, but if I were to steal a laptop that would be the first thing i do unless I was stealing it for the information on the HDD. But then I guess some people might have their BIOS set to lock up as soon as hardware is changed, and maybe, just maybe some people an encrypted drive. But for the average user that doesn't know about any of this, the tracking software is pretty much useless if they swap out the drive, isn't it? Or format it?
If the manufacturers of motherboards and such could implement this sort of tracking ability on the hardware side, that would be a much better solution. Setting up something like that in BIOS and having it to connect to any free hotspot during bootup to check in with the mother ship, or even better, just using the ethernet connection for a faster checkin while booting up if the cable is plugged in. As soon as it gets a message from the server that reports its MAC address or serial number as lost, it can lock up and send the owner whatever information he needs, i.e. Location and whether anything has been tampered with, i.e. HDD swap or format.