Google+

From screenshots

I like what I am seeing from Google+ so far, and I would like to transition to it from Facebook, although that is dependent on social factors and not completely dictated by my preference for the format. I guess it isn’t a restricted beta anymore, so all you need to do is go to the Google home page and click on the “You+” link in the upper left corner of the screen.

Sentelic is the plague

Trouble with Sentelic Finger Sensing Pad Page 1 / Kernel & Hardware / Arch Linux Forums.

Apparently, having a Sentelic touchpad is akin to having an infectious disease.  I have done my best to get some help on the Arch forum for my Sentelic problem, and while my thread has gotten nearly a hundred views, it hasn’t received a single reply.

I have done my best to sort of keep it in the public eye with additional posts that are both informative while also bumping it back into view, but I have just about run out of things to add and I fear my question is simply going to slip into the darkness unanswered.

I really am sort of surprised at the lack of help on the matter.  There is only one entry in the Arch wiki on the subject, and it is a rather brief and unhelpful segment for the MSI Wind laptop that essentially assumes that your touchpad is functioning, but you just need to be told how to manipulate the values of these functions.  That is not my situation.

There was also a Gentoo wiki entry that I still have not successfully applied to my Arch context.  However, it seems to still be the best lead, and so I guess I am simply going to have to go back to it and see if I can’t get it to work again.

Sadly, I fear that there is some precedence for the lack of attention my thread has received, as there have been two other threads that have ultimately resulted in no solution to the Sentelic problem (here and here).  It appears that I will have to solve this on my own and then perhaps post my success for others if ever I do succeed.

My letter to Sentelic

Sent via their website:

I purchased a laptop from CyberPower Gaming PC’s (www.cyberpowerpc.com) with your Sentelic Finger Sensing Pad installed on the laptop. I purchased this computer without Windows, fully intending to use one of the Linux distributions I already have available to me.

But I have discovered that the driver that you have released for Linux use is severely impaired, and that this impairment is intentional on your part. I cannot express how disappointed I am with your company and product.

This experience has driven home one very important point to me, and that is that you do not care for you customers. I will almost certainly be wary of your product in the future and will do my very best to avoid it for more helpful competitors, like Synaptics. Congratulations on driving away another potential customer.

Sentelic’s Finger Sensing Pad

I have been bashing my head against this device since the new computer has arrived. Apparently Sentelic doesn’t like…anyone? Look it up on Google. You have both Windows and Linux users stymied and outraged by what would otherwise be a rather simple device. It almost had me give up on Arch Linux and move back to Ubuntu, but after more hours spent scouring the internet, I determined that I might yet be able to pull it off with Arch. I hope it doesn’t come to this, but I want Sentelic to know that I am not afraid to compile a custom kernel just to thumb my nose at them and their unwillingness to simply put out a workable driver, or to make their device operable with already workable drivers. At least I know I have the processing power to do it within a reasonable span of time (that does help make one a little less fearful of such things).

My next ideas, however, don’t involve kernel compilation, but rather overcoming the FSP linux drivers ability to record and modify touchpad settings. I hope that if I can surmount this obstacle, that I will have a fully functional touchpad. I will post my solution on the blog once I have found one.

Why would anyone hate Apple?

Apple hit Samsung and HTC Where it Hurts: New Complaint Seeks to Block Galaxy S2 and Desire Imports – International Business Times.

…other than the fact that Apple continues to beat the drum of the broken patent system the U.S. has for software.  I challenge anyone, look at the image of the phone in the article.  Would anyone mistake that phone for an Apple iPhone?  Most of this crap revolves around how the “look” and “feel” if the “Apple experience” has been stolen.  And yet, the look of Apple’s iOS is, frankly speaking, rather iconic and I dare say most people would instantly recognize it if they saw it.  So why is it that we can so easily tell the difference between an android phone and one from Apple?  It isn’t due to a lack of familiarity with Apple.  It is that the look of Android is different.  Perhaps not different enough for the incredibly vague patent descriptions Apple has filed and now uses in its lawsuits, but sufficiently different that the average person has no trouble differentiating the two.

And so, yes, I have a strong dislike for Apple.  Not for their products, they are excellent.  And not for their marketing, it too has been largely brilliant (perhaps even better than the products they sell).  No, it is the company, and its corporate practices, that fill me with disdain bordering on a sense of loathing.