Note: This hack may NOT work on other mobile devices except Blackberry…but you never know- so read on!
The # “19” sounds a lot but it is 19 very simple steps 🙂 !
For those who enjoy blogging from their cellphones [99.9% of Socialkenny’s articles were written via mobile phone], draft posts disappearing is 1 of those hair-pulling occurrences you will face sooner or later.
For a guy like I am, who is constantly on the go and hates the shit out of laptops and its quirky mouse-pad [hence never owned 1], mobile WordPress for Blackberry and iPhone, has been my method of choice for publishing articles since launching this blog.
I’ve never actually written an article from a computer. Every single 1 of my post was drafted and written from a mobile device, going all the way back to the Palm Treo Windows Mobile phone!!!
As a Pick-Up Artist who’s constantly in the field picking up women and clubbing, I would literally construct a 1,000 words blog post from my Blackberry, while sipping a Negroni cocktail and seducing a hottie all at the same time…triple tasking 😉 !
Ok, every so often, you will encounter some anomalies in the way that your Blackberry functions with the WordPress app.
One such brain-wrecking issue is the sudden disappearance of your locally saved draft posts from your Blackberry WordPress app.
Losing your phone-draft posts could be the result of few things:
1.) Malfunction in the app.
2.) Un-plugging your Blackberry from the computer without properly disconnecting it.
3.) Errors between the media card and phone memory which cause your local-draft posts to vanish.
4.) Deleting and re-installing the WordPress app without saving your phone posts to the main WP directory.
5.) Sheer bad luck 🙂 .
Whatever the reason you no longer see nor find the phone-draft posts; doesn’t fucking matter- it’s a stressful occurrence for sure…especially if those posts were worth saving.
Alright, before I get into the hack/trick that will make you do back-flips, I first have to point out that if your phone drafts were consciously deleted by you, then this might be a lost cause in finding and recovering those posts…unless you manage to find a recovery software which can un-delete deleted files.
However, had those posts been deleted or vanished by no fault of yours; then continue reading!
Also as heads up: bear in mind to take precautionary measures in ensuring that you save your phone drafts to the main WP director on your phone instead of locally saved.
You can continue to save locally for easier access, but ensure that you also save that same post to the general WordPress account as you would when publishing an article via Blackberry app.
Since discovering this trick on my own, I now double save my posts: locally and to the main draft.
Wish I was doing this all along :(.
I Was Also A Self-Inflicted Victim
Personally, I’d lost locally saved draft posts on about 6 different occasions.
I virtually bawled my eyes out and was so distraught that suicide was actually a viable option…just fucking around! But you get the point…right? :shock:.
The previous 6 occasions in which my posts had vanished, I wasn’t able to recover any of them simply because I hadn’t discovered the hack…until now.
Had I known what I know now; I could’ve tediously recovered perhaps 80 or so local-draft posts.
Fuck it! No crying over spilled milk!
Fore-note:This will be a very tedious process but worth the time. I’ll also include personal screen-shots to give you a much better sense of where to go and what to do.
19 Step Procedural Hack By Socialkenny
Assuming you’re a total novice to the functionality of your Blackberry, I’ll direct you step by step.
If you’re a more advanced user; sorry for drowning you with the meticulous details. You can skip most of the steps :).
Ok, you first have to locate your WordPress folder in your Blackberry.
Depended on the model you have, the path may slightly vary but still the same process.
Presuming that your WordPress app is saved to the media card and not to the local device i.e. phone memory; do the following:
* On your BB, open up the “Media” folder from the home screen or wherever you have the folder located through customization.
The “Media” folder application highlighted in blue
* Then left click the BB home key to get the main menu to pop up.
* Down scroll to “Explore”, then click on it.
* Open up “Media Card”.
Depended on the configuration or customization of your phone, you may have to execute another set of procedures to get to the WordPress folder on the Media Card.
Assuming You’re unable to see the “Hidden” folders.
* Left click the menu key, click on “Show Hidden”, which means you’ll be opening the system files and hidden folders.
* A set of grayed-out folders should pop up. Click on “Blackberry” in order to open up that hidden folder.
* Scroll down until you see the “WordPress” folder (as in the screen-shot below) and click on it.
You’ll be presented with the system folders of the WordPress Blackberry app.
I advise you to NOT fuck with anything as far as deleting and relocating. That’s advice for the novices.
* Now click to open the first folder which has the scrambled number-letter codes.
Depended on your settings in the app, it could possibly be the 2nd or 3rd folder where your missing-drafts are located.
If you’re not sure, then click on all folders.
What you’re looking for is the lost draft posts which is the reason you’re here in the first place.
You should then be presented with the following screen in which you click on “d”.
Once again, depended on your settings, the hidden posts which you’re searching for, might be stored in “p” instead of “d”. So I advise you to search both folders.
What you’re looking for [your missing posts] should look like the files in the screen shot below.
You will NOT see the posts by their original titles but a set of #’s as you can see from the screen-shots.
These are your missing-draft posts which are unrecognizable.
Now, if you try clicking/opening 1 of those files, you’ll get the following error message due to the fact that the files (in their raw forms) are NOT compatible with the phone, nor do they even have a file extension, so they won’t open as readable files.
Now that you’ve at least located the once missing posts, you’ll have to do some file-extension hacking…which is pretty simple. But if you put the wrong extension on the file; it won’t open.
You want to convert the file whereas it becomes readable by your Blackberry. In this case, you’ll have to alter/hack the extension, which means adding the file format after the name of the file.
Sounds confusing- I know. But it’s a super-simple trick.
What an extension is, is the usual 3 letter sequence with a . preceding it, which appears after every file, whether on a computer or mobile phone.
For instance: .mp3, .pdf, .JPEG/.jpg, .jar. ,.xml, .bitmap, .html, .AVI, etc.
Those are all file extensions which appear after the name of the files.
For instance, a song would generally appear as: “I wanna fuck you.mp3”, or “Pick-Up Artist.WAV”.
Without those 3 words extensions at the end; your computer or mobile device will not be able to read nor open/play the media file.
So now, you just have to append the correct extension to the existing file: the missing-draft posts.
What I did first (out of sheer curiosity) was to experiment with some extensions I can use as hacks in order to open the missing draft posts.
I added “.PDF” as an extension to 1 of the draft posts in order to open it on the Blackberry.
To no avail; it didn’t open 😦 .
An error message will pop up saying that the file cannot be read…or something to that extent.
Doesn’t matter; you just have to find a readable extension.
Notice how the files [your local draft posts] are only #’s (numerical names) but have no extensions on them (as in .mp3, .mp4, .PNG)?
Well in order to open and recover them; you must put an extension.
How To Change The Extension To Open Missing Posts
Alright, you’ll have to alter the extension by re-writing it or adding 1. So this is what you do:
* Left click on the home screen Blackberry key.
* Select “Rename”.
The option will pop up prompting you to rename the file.
You don’t have to change the name of the file from, for instance: 30, to “my hidden post” or anything like that.
You can still keep the # but make sure to add the extension on the end.
.HTML or .htm
In the “Rename” field, add .HTML or .htm after the # or name of the file.
In other words, 22 should become 22.HTML or .htm
Remember by all means to include the . (dot) in HTML to become .HTML or .HTM
The .HTML file extension code will enable you to see your missing post :).
After successfully hacking/changing/inserting .HTML to the post, it will appear like the following screen-shot shows:
As you can see from the screen-shot, the files/posts which you haven’t renamed, cannot be opened.
The ones with .html at the end are good to go and will open.
You’ve just successfully hacked the system and recovered your missing-phone draft posts.
Note: You will not be able to automatically re-send your draft posts to the WordPress app from this point, so you will have to manually copy, cut and paste.
Now click on the file/post you had renamed with .html
You should see your post open up as in a makeshift browser as the screen-shot below of 1 of my missing but now found post.
A draft post of mines about fitness and who gets laid more: skinny or buff guys…
Now you’ll have to meticulously do this with each post you wish to re-save.
You won’t be able to see the original name of the post until you click on the new file.
In order to get this rough draft back into your Blackberry WordPress app, you’ll simply have to select-copy the entire post (by clicking home screen button to look for start selection or select), open up the WordPress app, create new post, then paste the drafted post and save it!!!
Do not make the mistake again of solely saving the post locally, but save it to the app itself which will automatically save the draft to your WordPress desktop folder where you won’t have to worry about draft posts disappearing again.
If you’re confused as to the steps: re-read the article and follow accordingly.