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get your StuffBak with Windows Mobile

posted in Guides on August 10th, 2007

There is little doubt about my love for StuffBak’s lost & found service and I have written about it on a couple of occassions.

Back in February, I wrote a guide about how to extend your StuffBak protection with a custom designed boot screen for Windows Vista. This time around, I’ll be discussing how you can protect your Windows Mobile (5) powered Pocket PC.

As with most customization guides available here, the standard disclaimer applies: I write about something that works for me. It may or may not work for you. If it works for you, feel free to post a comment with your device information, if it doesn’t work for you, retrace your steps and try to find a solution. If you manage to brick your device, don’t come screaming. I know it sucks but I can’t help you.

That said, let’s get down to the real stuff:

Pocket PCs tend to get smaller with every new revision and with more Pocket PCs being sold than ever before, its a fair assumption that a lot of important data is stored on these devices. To lose one of these devices is bad enough, but knowing that you didn’t do everything you could to help an honest finder to get it back is probably just as bad.

This guide will most probably consist of two parts, in this part, I’ll be discussing how to create a boot screen for your device, the next guide will focus on a way to create a theme that displays your StuffBak tag.

The first thing you need is a StuffBak tag, which, I assume that you already have. In case you do not have one, head on over to stuffbak.com and grab yourself a set.

Take a note of the code of your tag and grab yourself this PSD file from my gallery. You can edit it in Adobe Photoshop and many other image manipulation applications.

Pick the text tool and edit the text field. You will want to input your own StuffBak tag there.

The next step is to save the image. The name you will want to use is “welcomehead.96.png”.

The next to last step involves connecting your device to your PC, make sure that Windows Mobile Device Center (or ActiveSync) starts and copying the “welcomehead.96.png” to your device.

Finally, use Pocket Explorer, Total Commander CE or any other mobile file explorer of your choice to copy the file to your /Windows directory.

Now, whenever you soft-reset your device, you will see your boot screen with your very own StuffBak tag.

Note that this solution does not guarantee that your device will be returned to you, but at least you made it a lot easier for honest finders to get in touch with the rightful owner of the device.



4 Responses to 'get your StuffBak with Windows Mobile'

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  1. Jimmy W said, on August 10th, 2007 at 8:46 pm

    Won’t it be better if just install the anti-theft software from bak2u.com to protect the windows mobile?

  2. Kerim Satirli said, on August 10th, 2007 at 9:57 pm

    Jimmy,

    for the sake of keeping the conversation going, I will assume that you are not affiliated with Bak2U even though the way you asked the question sounds a little bit funny.

    That said, I believe in a multi-layered concept. I’d rather have two, three or even four solutions available for an honest finder. StuffBak believes in a concept where users are willing to return your device.

    The software from bak2u is a different solution where honest finders are not required to do anything and the software takes over, which can be useful too.

  3. Jimmy W said, on August 11th, 2007 at 10:19 am

    I am not a pda user myself but came across the software from handago and google for more information which was how I found your site too.

    From the country, malaysia i come from it be tough to get someone to proactively return the phone for sure but then of course the issue is more environmentally too.

  4. Kerim Satirli said, on August 11th, 2007 at 10:52 am

    Jimmy,

    it is difficult around the world to get people to actually return your device, no matter if it is a PDA, simple phone or anything.

    I would like to believe that everyone would just do the right thing and be honest about returning stuff they find, but many people are not.

    Still, for those that are honest enough, I am more than willing to provide ample opportunity.

    That said, a software solution would add another layer of protection to my device. I might have to look into that.