Give Pastebot its eyes back (sort of)
Don Southard had an interesting idea:
I was heart broke the day I read Tapbots blog post about the legal issues it was having over the Pastebot Icon. As a solution they removed the eyes from the icon but in doing so, the app lost the feel of being a Bot. While poking around in the iPhone OS I found conveniently placed “Beta” icons that brought my Bot back to life.
He suggests browsing a jailbroken iPhone with SSH and replacing the beta icon with the original icon. After a restart the beta icon (with eyes) should be in place.
I would add a couple of things to his suggestion. In case your not SSH-savvy go download iPhone Explorer or PhoneView.
/private/var/mobile/Applications and find (or better search for) AppIconBeta.png. That should bring up any Bots you have installed. Among them should be Pastebot’s folder.
Open it and rename
AppIcon@2x.png. (As always make backups!)
Here’s a slightly geekier solution:
- Open Terminal or Prompt on your jailbroken iPhone. Make sure SSH is running.
- Terminal: ssh firstname.lastname@example.org
- Prompt: ssh root@localhost
- Enter your password (which is hopefully not alpine)
find / -name AppIconBeta.png
cp AppIcon.png AppIcon.png.bak
cp AppIcon@2x.png AppIcon@2x.png.bak
cp AppIconBeta.png AppIcon.png
cp AppIconBeta@2x.png AppIcon@2x.png
In my case I didn’t even have to restart my iPhone. Just activating “wobbly icon mode” or moving the app in a folder is enough to refresh its icon.
Thanks for sharing, Don.
PS: He’s looking like a soldier with his little yellow-black police tape headband. “Pastebot robot at your service, sir!”