Why mobile reference apps shouldn't be cloud-based

There are a great many applications coming out these days that are a type of reference book replacement and are designed so that you have to be connected to the Internet in order to use them. If you want access to information, you had better be connected to the magical cloud. I have a big problem with that, and no one I've worked with in recent years seems to understand why. Apparently, the digital elite think that everyone has constant access to the Internet, and therefore, there is no need to produce applications that have everything needed packaged in local storage.

Saving myself from Nookish disaster

To do a hard reset, turn off your NookColor. Then, hold down the Home Nook button and then press the power button at the same time until your machine powers back up and gives you a choice to reset your nook. Power button will cancel it and the Nook home button at the bottom will continue with the reset. Confirm it and it will take a couple minutes and your machine will be back to square one.

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That reset will clean out all your data, but it will not fix a messed up operating system.

Android in the dark

I was supposed to call someone yesterday, but I didn't get around to it. I figured I'd get to it this morning, but I didn't manage that, either. At last I had a few moments to breathe as I sat down on the train to Tel Aviv. I looked at my phone and realized that I was almost out of battery. Deciding that it wasn't a good idea to use the last of the battery on a phone call that might not last long enough to say anything important, I thought I should send an sms instead. Short, quick, and interruptionless.

But then I stopped myself.

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