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    Default Laptop/Netbook apps that rotate 90 deg

    Hi,
    I looking at getting a Netbook as a internet access device and as an ebook reader. Most netbooks have a 1024x600 resolution.
    I prefer the 600x1024 resolution for reading. I'd hold the netbook like a book with the keyboard in one hand and the screen in the other.

    Are there any apps the will rotate the top 90 deg?
    Most items I read would be HTML. Like the Java Tutorial or API docs

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    Normally you'd rotate your whole desktop via your window manager settings. On a per-app level, I know it's possible to draw text vertically in Swing (example). I wonder if there's a JTextArea-derived component out there that can render a whole document sideways. (If not, there should be!)
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    What is the difference between Laptop and netbook?

    {"1024x600"} are netbooks smaller (and wider relative to the heights)?
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    Net books don't have DVD/CD I/O.

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    Well, how needs that on their portable (or smaller) computers, if it takes out spaced that can be used for other things.
    But why do they not have it?
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    I never posted that I had found out how to rotate the screen: CTRL+ALT+ an arrow

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    You did not post OS either but since Ctrl+Alt+{←↑→↓} does not work for me, I assume you are running in Windows or something.

    Here is the X solution anyway:

    Invoke process:
    xrandr [--nograb] [--screen snum] --rotate {normal, left, right, inverted}

    man xrandr for more stuff…
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    Also if you want automatic detection if rotation of the computer (physical rotation).
    Dissemble your PS3 controller and build it into your computer and connect it via USB (avoid bluetooth as it will force you to open your computer and recharge it).
    All(!) information from the controller is reable from a /dev/hidraw* file.

    Edit:
    With rotation I meant tilting. (Yes, titling in that plane (both 2 planes not described by (that is: not orthogonal to) the gravitation are picked up.)
    (But rotational acceleration in the 3rd plane is picked up.)

    Edit 2:
    And you I do realise the controller will probably not fit inside the computer.
    In that case do not remove anything that is already there (when bought).
    Simple attach it to the exterior instead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Norm View Post
    I never posted that I had found out how to rotate the screen: CTRL+ALT+ an arrow
    Well, thank you very much for that: I tried that Ctrl-Alt <one of the arrows> thing and nothing happened; because it's my constitutional right to have my laptop screen tilted I started fooling around; in my configuration screen I found something for a 'tablet computer'; I fooled around a bit there and presto: I had my screen tilted 90 degrees. After a few minutes of toying around I decided to tilt it back again but I couldn't find that 'tablet' thingie anymore. I decided to reboot my laptop but couldn't manage to make my mouse pointer point to the top left corner (originally the bottom left corner), i.e. the thing had become sort of spastic. After some fiddling I finally succeeded and rebooted the machine. After rebooting the darn thing still had a tilted screen. After some more fiddling and messing around automagically that 'tablet' thing appeared again; I tilted back my screen and now my neck hurts; thank you very much.

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    Well, it is also your constitutional right to think before acting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hibernate View Post
    Well, it is also your constitutional right to think before acting.
    It's my right, yes, but it's not my duty so I decided not to think for a moment.

    kind regards,

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    Maybe next time you should think about thinking before acting.
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