By the way, Kai's online calculator is cool. However, the need to plug in a code number is not. If they made it with cookies so that the website recognized the user and brought up all their work, that would be a nice feature. I don't like being tethered to the net, but that feature would make it more appealing.
There are two ways to solve this:
- bookmark the link with a descriptive title and manage the bookmarks. I have done that.
- sign up for BF with a trial account and you'll see a list of all your saved water calculations since having signed up. We recently added a title and description field that makes the bookkeeping easier. This is new since v1.4
I agree that keeping a code around is not very practical. I never use the code w/o the link. Sometimes folks send me just the code when it would have been as easy to send me the link+code.
The restore feature is for cases when you accidentally press the back button. This was something I asked for as a must since I hate forms where you fill stuff in, press the back-button for some stupid reason, and have to fill them out again.
I know that availability on the web is an issue. I talked to BF about this and since their business model is build around an on-line only calculator lots of investment is done with respect to redundancy and uptime. They can't afford even rare events of downtime since that can ruin their reputation. Especially if it happens while you brew. It can be argued that your records are safer on the web then on your computer unless you have a good back-up system implemented. That may not be that easy if you only work with a laptop, but there are solutions available. Many folks have lost all their recipes and other files due to hard disk crashes. That's an argument often forgotten when folks don't trust the cloud.
I'm not a big fan of the cloud either. I rather keep my stuff on my computer but in some cases it just makes life a bit easier and is not a huge risk.