Enable two-finger touchpad scrolling in Linux

So I finally found a thread about touchpad scrolling which lead me to explore the output of the `synclient -l` command on my Gutsy notebook, and lo and behold, the answer I’ve been looking for:

VertEdgeScroll = 1
HorizEdgeScroll = 1
VertTwoFingerScroll = 0
HorizTwoFingerScroll = 0

It turns out that two-fingered scrolling (like on the new Macs) is really easy to enable. Here’s how.

Make a backup of your X.org config file. Don’t blame me if you don’t do this and hose up your system.

sudo cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.backup

Use the editor of your choice to add the following lines to your /etc/X11/xorg.conf file:

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Synaptics Touchpad"
Driver "synaptics"
Option "SendCoreEvents" "true"
Option "Device" "/dev/psaux"
Option "Protocol" "auto-dev"
add these lines >>>>
Option "HorizEdgeScroll" "0"
Option "VertEdgeScroll" "0"
Option "VertTwoFingerScroll" "1"
Option "HorizTwoFingerScroll" "1"

Restart X, and that should do it. However, if you're like me, and have enough trouble as it is with touchpads, you may want to disable the horizontal scroll, as you end up flipping back and forth between web pages without a clue what's going on.

The Universe of Classic Train (Thanks, Woot)

I just got my latest package from woot.com. It’s a battery operated train I got for five bucks to go around the Christmas tree. Here’s the box it came in:
Front of the Box

As you can see, it’s The Universe of Classic Train, Handpick Playset. Here’s a little closer on the bottom left:
The Universe of Classic Train

And in case you need help installing the batteries:
Installation way of batteries

I’m not even sure what “Simulating the true styles and making carefully” is even supposed to mean. But, it does go, and it does have a flashlight, or headlight, possibly, just like the box says.
Around the tree
Still around the tree
Here it comes

Happy Holidays.

Happy Repeal Day!

It's Repeal Day!

It’s that time of year again, when we celebrate December 5th, 1933, when Congress ratified the 21st amendment, ending Prohibition. And thus we have Repeal Day, the day we celebrate our constitutional right to drink. So stop by a bar on your way home, or just pick up a six-pack, but pop open a bottle and celebrate!