Root'n-Score-It -- I'm Done! (Well, maybe...)

Finished Product You've gotten through the Root'n-Score-It installation, and the last page directed you here.

Hopefully you now have a NOOK Simple Touch PractiScore dedicated match scoring appliance with a screen that looks like the image shown to the right.

If you do, that's good and you're (technically) ready to head to the range. But there are a few more manual tweaks that should be made so that your device is ready to score anything from a 1-stage practice session up to a USPSA Level 2 (and maybe beyond) State Championship. These tasks are as follows (click on the link or just read down this very long page):

  1. Turn On Wireless (Essential)
  2. Name Your NOOK (Highly Recommended)
  3. Move Your Desktop Icons Around (Personal Preference)
  4. Who's Awesome?

Turn On Wireless (Essential)

If you started with a new NOOK Simple Touch straight out of the box and hadn't gone through the Barnes & Noble software setup before inserting the RASI card and turning it on, you're not connected to a Wi-Fi (wireless) network. Or you might have started with an already initialized e-reader and just aren't connected to Wi-Fi for some other reason.

Look at the top of the screen. The black bar along the top is called the status bar. On the right side, you'll see the time of day, a battery charge indicator, and (maybe) a Wi-Fi icon showing your device is connected to a Wi-Fi network. If you don't see anything to the left of the battery charge indicator, you're not connected to a Wi-Fi network and/or you don't have Wi-Fi turned on at all. (If the time of day isn't correct, don't be concerned. Once the NOOK is connected to a Wi-Fi network that has internet access, it'll set it's time automatically.)

No Wi-Fi Connection

To get connected, tap on the "Settings" icon on the main screen. You'll be presented with a screen that has a list of 4 items. Tap on "Wireless" and hopefully see this:

Tap To Turn On Wireless

If there isn't a check mark in the Wi-Fi box at the top of the screen, tap on the little checkbox to the right to turn on Wi-Fi. Now wait a few seconds while the NOOK looks around trying to find various Wi-Fi networks (it will always show you the "B&N Store" selection).

Choose A Network

Tap on the name of the wireless network you wish to join. If the network has security (such as WEP or WPA/PSK), you'll be presented with a screen to enter the password for your network. Enter the password then tap the 'Connect' button. After a few seconds, the NOOK will show as being connected to your network and a Wi-Fi "fan" icon will appear in the status bar to the left of the battery icon.

You've Got Wi-Fi!

Now press the "n" button at the bottom-center of the NOOK (just below the screen) to get back to the desktop screen.

Name Your NOOK (Highly Recommended)

By default, the NOOK has a PractiScore internal name of "Android Device" and that's fine... IF you never intend to use your NOOK in a real match. But if you're going to use it in an environment that has more than one NOOK (perhaps to score your monthly match or larger), you're going to want individually named NOOKs so that you can tell them apart.

The Chief Stats Officer (this is you!) will have another PractiScore device and will be pulling (syncing) scores from the stage/squad NOOK into the master from time to time during the course of the match. This periodic collection process is how you end up with a complete match at the end of the day. The stats officer (you!) is going to want to know from which device he is pulling scores instead of just going down a list of "Android Device", "Android Device", etc, etc.

So let's fix this, now. From the NOOK's desktop, tap on the PractiScore icon. You'll see the splash screen as PractiScore starts up, and then see this screen, which is the PractiScore home screen:

PractiScore Home Page

Tap on "Sync" and see this screen:

Tap To Sync

Tap on "Sync With Other Devices" and this screen will appear:

Change Device Name

This is where we change the device name. Tap on the box containing "Android Device" rather than the "Update" button to bring up the keyboard at the bottom of the screen. Once the keyboard appears, tap again in the box, but to the RIGHT of the text to position the cursor at the end of the "Android Device" text.

PractiScore Keyboard

Now tap the delete key (which looks like a left-pointing flag with a 'x' in it, beneath the 'p' key) repeatedly until the box is empty. Tap in the name you want (you may want to read forward a little bit about picking a meaningful name). BE SURE to press the "Update" button, otherwise your new name will not be saved. Then hit the "back" button in the status bar (it looks like a left-pointing circle) to make the keyboard disappear, and then hit the "back" button again to return to the previous screen. Tap "Sync With Other Devices" again if you'd like to make sure your new name is still there.

Now when you send this NOOK out to be used to score a stage and the stats officer wants to pull scores from it and other NOOKs out in the field...

Sync List

...he'll see a more meaningful list like this rather than just umpteen interations of "Android Device" (the example above is from an Apple iPhone as the master device). Giving your NOOKs individual names is actually a data security concern, as well. You don't want to inadvertently sync scores from a cmpetitors's personal PractiScore device where s/he may be playing "what if I hadn't shot that no-shoot" with their own scores.

One additional suggestion is to get a label maker (Brother, Dymo, or whatever) and print physical labels that match the PractiScore name of each of the devices, and label them devices accordingly. Our naming convention for our club is "CLUB_USPSA_nn", where "CLUB" is my club abbreviation and "nn" is a sequential number starting with 1. Under normal circumstances, we send device #1 to stage #1 (NOT bay 1, unless that just happens to work out), device #2 to stage 2, etc, and devices remain at the stages rather than moving with the squads.

Label Your Devices, Dude.

Move Your Desktop Icons Around

By default, the apps we think you need to run PractiScore appear at the bottom of the desktop, and that's fine. My (Bill's) personal preference is to move them around to a more centrally located part of the screen (whereas JC likes them at the bottom :) ). It's your choice, do it, don't do it; it won't affect operation of the device or the app.

If you wish to move your icons around, you'll need to unlock the desktop first (we have it locked by default so that icons don't accidentally get deleted). Tap on the "circle 3-bars" icon in the status bar at the top of the screen to see this at the bottom of the screen.

Menu Menu

Tap "More" to bring up the "Unlock Desktop" button.

Unlock Desktop

Tap on "Unlock Desktop" to... well....

Now you can actually move things around. Let's move the PractiScore app icon to a more-central location on the desktop. Tap and HOLD DOWN on the PractiScore icon until this flyout menu appears.

Icon P-and-H Flyout

Continue to hold down and drag the icon to it's new location.

Icons Are Such A Drag...

And then just let go. Your icon is now at it's new location.

Icon Where It Not Ought To Be

Repeat the process as desired for the other two icons. My (Bill's) preference is to have all the icons situated over the big grey "n" at 10 o'clock for PractiScore, 2 o'clock for Dropbox, and 4 o'clock for Setting. You may want them somewhere else, or may not want to bother with this at all (they go at the bottom, dang it!).

After you've finished moving things around, you'll want to relock the desktop to keep ham-fisted shooters from deleting things (or worse). Tap on the "Circle 3-Bar" icon in the status bar again, tap "More" again...

Relock Desktop

...and tap on "Lock Desktop" to lock things back down.

And that's it! Now you can take your NOOK(s) to the range, score a match, and help rid the world of paper score sheets that waste paper, can't be read, have missing hits and times, columns that aren't added, no competitor's name...

Who's Awesome?

Who's awesome? You're awesome!

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