* Posts by Thom Sanders

9 publicly visible posts • joined 3 Jan 2010

Amazon Kindle Lighted Leather Cover

Thom Sanders

Light would be nice

but a jiffy envelope robbed from the office stationery cupboard is working well for me as a case. Adds some bulk but no weight so useful for protecting the kindle if carrying it in a bag.

Samsung intros 'skinnier than iPad 2' tablets

Thom Sanders

Secondary display

not via USB but quick google found this for Windows: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/displaylink/id411678720?mt=8 . For Macs there is Air Display (http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/air-display/id368158927?mt=8) and probably others.

Haven’t tried these as don’t have an iPad but seem useful…

Oz pedestrians fall to 'Death by iPod'

Thom Sanders

Speed limit

Since when do ambulances carrying a patient and using their lights/siren have to stick to the speed limit?

20mph limits in urban areas are a great help for all road users and I'm glad they're becoming more widespread.

Apple iOS 4 update due today

Thom Sanders

Well done you

And your point of your post is?

Apple adds 'make the web go away' button to Safari 5

Thom Sanders


because it obviously isn't possible to run Lynx on a Mac. Or disable javascript in Safari. Or specify a user style sheet in Safari.

Where do people get their ideas of what OSX can/can't do? I moved from Debian a few years ago and have found almost nothing which I can't run on my Mac which I used under Linux.

Some 'Penguinistas' could do with looking around outside their little bubble occasionally to see what is going on on other platforms.

Adobe tilts at windmills with image apps for iPad

Thom Sanders


are you referring to the Apple Human Interface Guidelines? If so, what OS/GUI doesn't have one? Microsoft certainly does: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa511258.aspx . So does Gnome: http://library.gnome.org/devel/hig-book/stable/ . I'm guessing KDE project hasn't got round to one yet judging by the last time I saw it ;-)

There is no compulsion to follow these guidelines. I can (and do) run run a huge amount of GUI and shell applications that are not native to OSX. I also run applications developed for OSX which have some pretty 'funky' interfaces, both free and commercial.

Either I've misunderstood what you were getting at or you are talking complete nonsense.

Google Street View logs WiFi networks, Mac addresses

Thom Sanders


posted a response in the same vein last night but somehow didn't get past moderation.

It's one of the most embarassing things about this country. I've lived in Germany, have a german partner and consequently know a lot of germans. The amount of times I've been with them in the pub and overheard these kind of comments or been watching television and some attempt at comedy has turned up is frightening.

It really is sad and makes us look like a bunch of ill-informed, xenophobic kids to people from other countries. Grow up indeed.

iSlate? I spy more control from Cupertino

Thom Sanders


turns out I have two accounts here. fgp and Thom Sanders are one and the same so was responding to Martin Nicholls' reponse to my earlier message.

As I'm sure everyone was desperate to know...

Thom Sanders

Sort of agree, but

every single developer event I have attended in the last few years has shown 50-75% upwards of participants to be running OS X on a Macbook of some kind. Even at MS events I've attended there's a high percentage of Apple hardware on display.

Things like the ipod/iphone are locked down but Macintoshes aren't really and seem to be a favourite tool for hackers - the combination of running *NIX apps and having a good range of commercial, supported software available makes sense.

Of course, I'm posting this from a MacBook Pro so have already drunk the Kool Aid and may be safely ignored by most on here.