[aprssig] Best Buy 8" Insignia Infocast

Stephen H. Smith wa8lmf2 at aol.com
Mon Feb 21 12:40:25 EST 2011

On 2/21/2011 8:27 AM, Wayne Sanderson wrote:
> Well, at the very least it can be hooked up to a cig outlet-to-AC
> inverter as power. If that works and it
>   has a native Linux OS onboard, could UI View be run on it?

  Considering that UIview (and it's associated mapping applications) are native 
Windows programs, that would be a real kludge.

Not to mention that these programs are designed for use with a mouse and 
keyboard. They would become nearly unusable on a small touch screen, since the 
pull down menus would be far too close spaced for fat fingers to select.

(This is why Windows tablets have, for the most part been a complete flop.   
You can't just shove a regular Windows program onto a touch screen system.  
Programs have to be purpose-built for touch-screen use, by avoiding pull-down 
cascaded text menus.  Instead, they must use screens with only a few large 
easy-to-tap buttons each. )

Xastir IS native to Linux, but it too suffers from the dense pull-down menu 
problem and would be very difficult to use on a tablet without a major rewrite 
to a "tablet edition" with big buttons.



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