I searched as far back as May, and didn't see anything about this.
When I boot my Nook Color (running from a card) wireless is off. I believe this used to work but it has been broken so long I'm not sure if I'm misrememberating that. This is on recent nightlies, before and after the hiatus. Currently 09222011.
I asked in Q&A and was told this was a problem in recent nightlies. Any chance for a fix so on boot it respects the state of wireless before rebooting/shutting down? Or if nothing is planned, hey! Please fix it! :)
then copy and paste the following
sqlite3 /data/data/com.android.providers.settings/databases/settings.db delete from system where name = 'airplane_mode_on'; .exit
reboot and see if that fixes the problem.