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Sunday, 22 February 2009

Switching off the Synaptic touchpad in Linux

If you are anything like me, you will find it annoying that your hand sometimes brushes against the touchpad of your laptop and - bang - the mouse has moved, the courser is misplaced and you have to correct what you have just written on...

Normally switching off the touchpad on laptops is easy, there will be a hotkey, but in Linux you will find not all ACPI options are working well and properly - or at all.

But it can be quite simple switching the touchpad on and off.

We need one step of preperation:

Open your xorg.conf as root (in my distro):
# sudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf

Somewhere there should be this section:

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Synaptics Touchpad"
Driver "synaptics"
Option "SendCoreEvents" "true"
Option "Device" "/dev/psaux"
Option "Protocol" "auto-dev"
Option "HorizEdgeScroll" "0"
Option "SHMConfig" "on"

It is important that you have this in there:
Option "SHMConfig" "on"

If that's done, save and exit.

Next you will need to restart your graphic interface (so xorg.conf get's loaded again). Simply press CTRL + ALT + BACKSPACE

Great, that's done - now you can do this (as root):
# synclient touchpadoff=1
to switch it off, and:
# synclient touchpadoff=0
to switch it back on...

Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Kingdom Of Fear

An interesting article I saw in the morning paper, cited that the former head of MI5 warns that British Labour (the party) is using fear of terrorism to restrict our civil liberties and invade our privacy.

I found an article on BBC about here:

'The Home Office said it was vital to strike a right balance between privacy, protection and sharing personal data.'

The truth is, in the eyes of the state, the right balance is no privacy for the individual. This is something I've learned to accept and it's quite understandable that people won't start a revolution over what is essentially put into place to protect them.

Nonetheless, I think I will use the opportunity of posting a few tutorials about staying save and 'private' on the internet. Afterall, why would I want the government to read and record my emails? I don't know what they could spin me out of whatever, but my secrets should stay mine. I feel more comfortable this way.