Fix middle-button click on Dell Inspiron Clickpads

I seriously cannot believe that it took me as long as it did to find a fix to this issue. New-ish Dell Inspiron laptops have moved from touchpads to Clickpads – the biggest change is that Clickpads have no physical buttons on them at all. Everything is done by a combination of taps and clicks and gestures. Blame Apple for screwing around with something that should be straight-forward. ¬†ūüėõ

Anyway, after a few hours of searching, I found a fix. It’s straight forward, linked below:

The content of my file is:

# This option disables software buttons on FocalTech touchpads.
# This option is only interpreted by clickpads.
Section "InputClass"
    Identifier "Disable clickpad buttons on FocalTech touchpads"
    MatchProduct "FocalTech"
    MatchDriver "synaptics"
    Option "TapButton1" "1"
    Option "TapButton2" "3"
    Option "TapButton3" "2"
    Option "ClickFinger1" "1"
    Option "ClickFinger2" "3"
    Option "ClickFinger3" "2"
EndSection

Hopefully this will save y’all hours of frustration!

(via http://askubuntu.com/questions/761931/cant-simulate-middlea-click-with-my-trackpad-asus-zenbook-ux305ua-fc057t)

Fix for “gpg-agent is not available” message

I have to save this because I forget about this¬†every single time I build a new install, and can’t figure out why I keep getting “gpg-agent is not available in this session”.

The components come from different packages (gnupg2-2.1.7-1.fc22.x86_64 and gnupg-1.4.19-2.fc22.x86_64 in my case). The solution is to use the gpg2 command instead of gpg

Source: How to make gpg find gpg-agent – Unix & Linux Stack Exchange

Use @example.com email address for sites that require email

You know those annoying websites that are designed to briefly show you the page, but then block you from actually using it until you enter your email address? That annoys the crap out of me! There’s an easy way around it, though, if you don’t want to use your real email address: make an @example.com one!

There’s an explanation of example.com below, but basically it is a domain that seems like a real domain and accepts email from other mail servers, but immediately dumps the email. This allows people to test out programs they write that need to send email, but it also provides an interesting back door to websites requiring an email address.

All you need to do is come up with anything – anything at all, whether it’s names, words, just a bunch of random letters – and put it before the @example.com. As long as it’s a valid email format, example.com will accept it. So go ahead and use IROCK@example.com, or xxsddfswe@example.com or youcanthavemyemailaddress@example.com.

One caveat: this isn’t a secret, and there are quite a few coders out there that won’t allow any @example.com email addresses. This trick will work at most websites, but don’t be surprised if you get a “not a valid domain” message from time to time.

Happy surfing!

select a domain name without creating naming conflicts if end-users try to use the sample configurations or examples verbatim.

Source: example.com – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Tools I can’t live without: Synergy¬†

Geek post! ¬†ūüôā There are a few utilities that I use that are not well known, but I find critical. One of the ones that I use most is Synergy. It’s function is straight-forward: share¬†one mouse and keyboard among multiple computers. What makes Synergy awesome, though, is how far above and beyond this functionality Synergy goes. First, it’s cross-platform: I use it to share between my Linux workstation and a Macbook Pro seemlessly. Second, it supports clipboard sync – e.g. copy some text on the Macbook and paste it into a window on the Linux workstation like they are the same system.

Good stuff!

Synergy is software for sharing one keyboard and mouse between multiple computers.

Source: Synergy – Mouse and keyboard sharing software

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Meltdown on Steam

I’ve had this game sitting around in my Steam list for a long time (another Humble Bundle purchase), but just now got around to firing it up. And Oh! My! Gracious!!! ¬†This is such a fun game! The weapons are fun, enemies are goofy but deadly, and the visual style is both gorgeous and cartoonish. This has become my new favorite game!

Meltdown is a tactical arcade shooter featuring both singleplayer and intense online multiplayer. Become the most skilled soldier, choose your weapons, get the best upgrades, buckle up and start your mission. Be careful, each enemy has it’s own combat style, special AI and gear. Adapt to them to survive!

Source: Meltdown on Steam

Amiga Games now available via Internet Archive

Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh!!! The Internet Archive just dumped a metric buttload of Amiga games and software!  Anyone who loved and used an Amiga back in the day will be rejoicing today! There are so many classic titles available. Looking through the list, I see some of my favorites (Lemmings 2, Pinball Fantasies, The Lost Vikings) plus a ton that I always wanted to play (Batman: The Movie, Arkanoid: Revenge of Doh, Ninja Mission). I even see a bunch of non-games.

This is so friggin’ amazing!

Source: Software Library: Amiga: Games : Free Texts : Download & Streaming : Internet Archive