| | 11-04-2011, 02:45 AM Thread Author #1
Found my Lost Playbook after 20 days!
I think this is a pretty rare case but thought I'd share!
After 20 days of losing my playbook (Since October 13), today, I've finally got my playbook returned.
My old playbook has been starving of juice, so priority charging !
So what happened was, I was travelling to get a haircut taking various form of public transit (TTC/ViVa), then finally went to my destination. Now I have quite a good backpack, got a sidepocket where I can easily slip my playbook. But apparently it was so tiny and portable, it fell out (lol).
I had no personal information there, but I did spend a ton of time organizing the playbook to the way I want. I have over 16,000 pictures. Stuff I've taken for the past 10 years all on my playbook because I enjoy sharing it ! Playbook's portability is unmatched and the tiny weight makes carrying the playbook over any photobooks
So after 2hrs, I left the salon and realized my bag was opened.... I was like.. shoot... did someone steal it? :x I start thinking.. it couldn't have been the case because.. I remember all the position I sat on the subway/bus and it would be impossible to reach. I was sleeping but my hand had a 9900, which would have been an easy target to steal rather than slipping into my bag for a playbook (which he didn't know if there was even anything there).
I start moving my phone around the mall and anywhere I walked... and the "bridge icon" never came up... I thought.. yea I'd probably lose it. I gave up, hurry rush home.
I then made a quick website to inform people if they return it, I'd treat em something good
Find Mai PlayBook | Find my playbook please ;; Toronto
I posted on craigslist, redflagdeals (which.. they deleted because I was... selling stuff? lol), howardforums, kijiji etc. I made it clear I dropped it and reward if returned.
I left my twitter/facebook password unchanged so if the person do have the intention of returning it, they would have message me.
I filed police report (not by dialing 911 lol), reported to the TTC as well as VIVA lost and found... 14 days went by, nothing was found.
I then went out and got my SECOND playbook (yes, I already knew OS2 was delayed at that point, I evaluated all other tabs, I stuck with the playbook again)
(Despite all my coworker told me that playbook/blackberry is crap etc, get "anything" but the playbook all that stuff... playbook again XD)
So I got my second playbook, even met a wonderful guy who kinda gave me a good career counseling (lol) so I was like meh, even though I paid for another playbook.. I got good counseling so I made a deal anyway
---- 20 days later ----
I received an email from "Test New"
"You lost your playbook tablet
I found it on the ground.
I checked it and found this email address.
Just wondering how can I return it to you"
I asked for phone number, he didn't give it to me :P i gave him my phone number and he didn't call.
His name is Test New. So is it Mr. Test? or Mr New lol...
I use another email all over internet to contact me if found..
This guy used a very unique email (and remember, bridge is offline)
I left twitter/facebook password unchanged as they were auto signed-in on playbook, yet no dice. I thought they would have formatted the playbook by now.
This guy ended up going to youtube, learning gestures, pull up the about menu and found my
NO WAY LOL! He used that to contact me, so I was pretty sure he got my playbook '~"
Friend met up with him (I had work), and he just... gave it to my friend. He actually went through all that trouble, to return a playbook? I originally was going to reward a playbook, but it was past the date that I thought somebody would returned it. I opened the playbook :x but I did leave a message as well as an email saying I'd still offer a sightseeing flight as agreed!
He said he took a lot of time to learn how to use the playbook, to get it back to me. I did take a look at browsing history and that guy literally, didn't use it (or maybe he's that good already, to partially delete surf history). Everything was in tact, data etc. Not much personal things was on there, just... u know... sucks lol!
So... here's a few thoughts
If I had password my playbook, he would have had no way to find out my ID. Since after 5 attempt it would have self wipe. There is no "If found please return to" displayed on tablet. So that's out of the the door.
If it was an iPad... I'd probably won't see it.
If it had remote wipe, I would have not see it again.
BACKUP lol! I know it's like 64GB... but it's well worth it, should you decide to get another. It was a pain to re-setup... almost to the stage I kinda gave up...
So... yea, guess I'm one lucky person to have gotten my playbook back. Everything fell into place. Especially it got picked up by the right person, with the right intent. My playbook was in the right setup (no password), with enough juice till he learns how to use it... find my blackberry ID and returned it!
If you're reading it, thanks Vincent! I left you a message / email and would still take you up for a niagara falls flight!
Thanks for listening! Playbook all the way!
AND AWESOME PEOPLE DO EXIST! Please return stuff when you find them... it is very touchy... seriously. The utility that one's get from getting their lost gadgets back is just... no word can describe xD!