19 June 2005

Taming the touchpad

Someone stepped on my tiny optical mouse, so I’ve reverted to using the touchpad. The page for my laptop now has an Xorg/XFree86 recipe that works well for me: turn off tapping, make reasonably heavy pressing necessary and put a scroll zone on the right and left edges.

I played with circular scrolling, too. It has its merits but the gain in resolution is (for me) not worth the loss of touchpad area or loss of horizontal scrolling. When someone puts a 1600x1200 display into a cheap (.LT. AUD$1500) laptop, I will be in the queue to get one.

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