[aprssig] APRS for IPad

Jason KG4WSV kg4wsv at gmail.com
Fri Jun 14 21:27:59 CDT 2013

On Fri, Jun 14, 2013 at 2:34 PM, Stephen H. Smith <wa8lmf2 at aol.com> wrote:
> The incessant unpinching/pinching gestures on the iPad to zoom in close
> enough to separate dense pulldown Windows menus and lists enough to hit only
> the desired choice, and then out again, gets old in a hurry.

I learned the solution to that one years ago - reduce the resolution
of the console to match the device you want to view on.  My servers,
for example, are 1024x768 resolution (or less in some cases), so that
they are reasonable to access via VNC client on a laptop.

xastir does a decent job at this; there's even a compile time option
for adjusting some settings to better match low resolution devices.

> How are you going to deal with this problem of "fat fingers" on the touch
> screen dealing with dense menus, dialogs and checkboxes on the
> keyboard/mouse-oriented app at the other end of the VNC link?

The mouse issue can be a nasty problem, especially for X11 where a 3
button mouse is assumed.  Since the computer I want to access is
within reach (inside the vehicle), simply plugging in a trackball
seems a likely solution.


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