[WNYLUG-Users] Wireless Trackball

Robert Wolfe wolfe.robwolfe at gmail.com
Sat Mar 24 02:59:19 EDT 2012


On 03/23/12 11:40 pm, Kevin E. Glosser wrote:
> If you're having trouble with your trackpad inadvertently registering while you're typing, there is an easy solution in Linux.
>
> There is a, I don't know what I want to call it, "program" maybe "daemon" is more accurate that can help you. You run it and it adds delay to your touchpad, so that it doesn't cause input to your shell while you're typing.
>
> Whenever you type, whatever delay you specified occurs. So if you accidentally hit the touchpad it wont do anything. It's as if you never touched it. Then, when the specified time runs out, it functions as normal.
>
> It's cool. I used it once, a while ago. My focus kept moving when I composed emails in Thunderbird. This would cause text to get inserted in the wrong place. Quite annoying.
>
> Maybe this is what you're looking for, instead of replacing the trackpad.
>
> If it is, the good news is, it exists. And it's installed with every distro, I believe. Just issue the correct command with proper syntax, and you're all set.
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> The bad news is, I don't recall the name of it off the top of my head. And I'm not gonna look it up for you. :)
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> You'll find it, if you look. Knowing it exists is half the battle. Hope that helps.
>
> KEG
>
> Sent from my ASUS Eee Pad
>
> josephj at main.nc.us wrote:
>
>> I've been fighting my touchpads for years and, lately, they've become
>> almost intolerable. I spend more time trying to get the touchpad to do
>> what I want than I do actually getting things done.  I've had a couple of
>> bad coding errors caused by the touchpad unintentionally highlighting a
>> block of text and replacing it with text I was trying to insert.  Usually,
>> I catch this when it happens, but when I'm concentrating on what I'm
>> typing, it's easy to miss.  Also, touchpads have all sorts of extra
>> "features" like scrolling that are very difficult to disable (I've been
>> down that road).
>>
>> I'm very tall (really long legs) and don't fit at a conventional desk, so
>> I have no place to put a conventional mouse and mouse pad.
>>
>> I'm thinking about trying a wireless trackball such as (just an example)
>>
>> http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-Details.asp?EdpNo=6730806&sku=L23-0126
>>
>> http://www.kensington.com/kensington/us/us/p/1444/K72352EU/orbit-wireless-mobile-trackball.aspx
>>
>> 1) Is this something I can just plug in and use with Linux, or will it
>> take fiddling or worse to get it recognized and functional?  It sounds
>> like the Logitec M570 just works.  (I don't need a wireless keyboard,
>> etc., so I don't have to worry about two devices and one receiver,)
>>
>> 2) Do any of you use a trackball or mouse "off table"?  I'd like to know
>> how you manage it.  I usually have my notebook on my lap.
>>
>> I'm thinking about attaching it with Velcro to a strap on my leg (kinky!)
>> so I can let go of it and type with both hands without having it fall on
>> the floor.  That's why a wireless one would be ideal.
>>
>> 3) Trackballs are designed for either thumb or finger.  Any comments on
>> which you like and why?
>>
>> Any ideas would be appreciated.
>>
>> TIA
>>
>> Joe
>>
>>
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I think what he may be looking for is syndaemon.



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