13 Replies Latest reply on Jan 1, 2012 1:55 PM by mbratch

    Using Home Pages more to save the "N" button from excess usage

      I am not thrilled with the new overusage of the "N" button with the update and I really miss the up arrow softkey. But, since it seems like we are stuck with it this way for a while (or forever), I decided to make more use of my home pages to save on having to hit the "N" button to get to my most used apps and library items.  I've got 3 of them after all, and have only been using the main one.

       

      Does anyone know of a way to put web shortcuts on one of the home pages? That would allow me to avoid the "N" button for all but a few things. I'd be really happy if we could do that.

       

      I wonder what the average lifespan of the "N" button is anyway? I wouldn't be surprised if in a few months we start hearing reports of "N" buttons sticking. They weren't originally designed to be used as much.

        • Re: Using Home Pages more to save the "N" button from excess usage
          CaptainGuy

          Yes, you can put a html page in your library (my files) and move it to the home page.  Trouble is, there is a bug in browser that barks about loading an HTML page unless there is a network connection.

            • Re: Using Home Pages more to save the "N" button from excess usage

              CaptainGuy wrote:

              Yes, you can put a html page in your library (my files) and move it to the home page.  Trouble is, there is a bug in browser that barks about loading an HTML page unless there is a network connection.


              I meant is there a way to put one of my bookmarks under the Web button onto my home page?

               

              • Re: Using Home Pages more to save the "N" button from excess usage
                Mark_OB1

                > Trouble is, there is a bug in browser that barks about loading an HTML page unless there is a network connection. <

                 

                CaptainGuy,

                 

                have you confirmed that they didn't fix this annoyance in 1.4.1?  It shouldn't complain, or pop up a connection box, unless there is some content it can't access w/o a network connection (i.e. it's not available locally).

                 

                Demanding to be connected, when accessing only local content, is (as you say) a bug. 

                 

                - Mark

                 

                  • Re: Using Home Pages more to save the "N" button from excess usage
                    DeanGibson

                    Mark_OB1 wrote:

                    > Trouble is, there is a bug in browser that barks about loading an HTML page unless there is a network connection. <

                     

                    CaptainGuy,

                     

                    have you confirmed that they didn't fix this annoyance in 1.4.1?  It shouldn't complain, or pop up a connection box, unless there is some content it can't access w/o a network connection (i.e. it's not available locally).

                     

                    Demanding to be connected, when accessing only local content, is (as you say) a bug. 

                     

                    - Mark

                     



                    Not fixed in 1.4 (NT) or 1.4.1 (NC);  happens on every stored web page that accesses only local content.

                     

                    In Android 2.2.3 on the Motorola Droid, and on the Acer A500, when the browser is first loaded, it gives the message, but not on subsequent page loads.  Seems reasonable.

                     

                    This is the main reason why I am so down on B&N software in the Nooks.  It's one thing to not implement something I think should be implemented, or implemented a different way.  What I excorate B&N for, is screwing up existing, working software "because they know better", or in some cases, are just plain lazy (like not sorting the list of eMail folders).  This is the main reason I returned my first Nook Tablet (I was so disgusted with the lack of bug fixes).  I recently bought another one because battery life is so important to me, and because I intend to devote some effort to unlocking the boot loader, even though for my purposes an unrooted NT or NC meets my requirements.

                     

                  • Re: Using Home Pages more to save the "N" button from excess usage
                    NookGardener

                    CaptainGuy wrote:

                    Yes, you can put a html page in your library (my files) and move it to the home page.  Trouble is, there is a bug in browser that barks about loading an HTML page unless there is a network connection.


                    CaptainGuy --- You are a pretty creative guy! (I remember all your work arounds for the gallery last summer.)  Thanks for the fix.  You have solved my problem! 

                    • Re: Using Home Pages more to save the "N" button from excess usage
                      mbratch

                      Ok so this is great! I like the html links doc idea. I put a "Favorites.html" file on my home page and I can now open it, which presents me with a small number of HTML buttons I can touch to go immediately to web-based items I like. Much easier than fishing out the browser.

                       

                      It shows up as a grey book on my home desktop with the word "Favorites" on it. I could easily break this into individual html's, each with their own function, which would link directly to their destinations, making them act like apps. But they'd al be grey book icons. Does anyone know how the NC associates a cover or icon image with a doc? If I can do that, then I can put whatever icons I want on them and that would be *really* cool. :smileyhappy:

                    • Re: Using Home Pages more to save the "N" button from excess usage
                      Mark_OB1

                      dfehling queried:

                       

                      > I wonder what the average lifespan of the "N" button is anyway? <

                       

                      Well, with all the new use it is getting, and based on the standard warranty, I'd guess 366 days.  :smileywink:

                       

                      - Mark

                       

                        • Re: Using Home Pages more to save the "N" button from excess usage
                          Omnigeek

                          I'm really not sure why people are panicking over the "n" key.  I don't believe they're using a mechanical switch for that.  I'd be far more concerned about the power button that someone said they're using to get to Home instead (!!!!).  I've had the power button actually get stuck and malfunction on me.

                          A lot of the keyboards in modern laptops/notebooks use soft switches which are rated at a ridiculous number of keypresses before failure; I suspect this is the kind of switch used in the "n" button.

                            • Re: Using Home Pages more to save the "N" button from excess usage
                              I'm not so much worried about the button breaking as much as i'm worried about the screen cracking around that button. As a past owner of a Palm Pre (1st gen), Palm put a hole in the glass touchscreen for a home button just like the NT's N button. After repeated presses, many owners started having problems with the glass cracking. I initially passed this off as abuse... i'm gentle on my gear so I was very surprised and disappointed when mine cracked a few short months into service. Palm acknowledged the problem, since the Pre 2 no longer has that button/hole in the glass. Maybe the glass quality is stronger on the NT, but this is in the back of my mind everytime i press that button. It would give me piece of mind if the menu arrow was added like my wife's NC (although i just read when she updates to the lastest rev, she'll be in the same N button situation i'm in).
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                                It is a mechanical switch on my nc, with tactile response. And it will likely fail just like the power button did for you. Best to advoid using it more than necessary, imho.
                            • Re: Using Home Pages more to save the "N" button from excess usage

                              This might be slightly off topic, but here is another way to save some use on the "n" button.  If you go to your settings, then your home settings under Apps you will see a check box for "Media Shortcuts."  If you check this box you will have the soft touch keys show up across the bottom of your screen for Books, Newsstand, Movies, Music, and Apps.  Unfortunately there is no Web shortcut, but at least these help a little.