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Two finger gestures in Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

So you installed Ubuntu or any other distribution, and don’t have two finger scroll and middle click? Here’s a quick-and-dirt solution. First create a script with the following text: #!/bin/bash synclient LockedDrags=false synclient VertEdgeScroll=true synclient HorizEdgeScroll=false synclient TapButton1=1 synclient LTCornerButton=2 synclient MaxDoubleTapTime=120 synclient TapButton2=2 synclient TapButton3=3 synclient EmulateTwoFingerMinZ=20 synclient EmulateTwoFingerMinW=5 synclient AreaBottomEdge=4200 # comment [...]

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Ubuntu updates bricked my Lenovo t500 laptop again. They messed up the graphic drivers for ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650 and left me without a decent graphic interface. To repair this mess, do the following: go to the site and download the new drivers ( The easiest way to do this is to use [...]

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Tesla 1060C, part two

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

… or the long way to get multi-core machine work. In one of the previous posts by Tesla, Gregor announced a few stats that are produced by the new multi-core computer. We have two multi-core machines for image processing or parallel computing. The briefing stats are: Core i7 processor 12 gigs of RAM GeForce GTX [...]

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multitouch, part II

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

A short briefing about what’s going on with Xlab’s multitouch screen. So: we developed a screen that actually works – still a prototype, but a good one! All we  need to do, is to mount it in some good looking box. Besides the looks this will also help improving the screen’s performance, by using CCV [...]

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Building a multitouch display

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Although research in multitouch displays has been around for about 30 years now, the field only gained broader attention in 2007 with the release of the iPhone. As it’s been about half a century that we are stuck at using a keyboard and a mouse, it is time for something new. Multitouch displays could indeed [...]

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A G-Spot of an Android, part three

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Prior to talking about the software, let us note a rather philosophical observation here. With G1, there is a (important, imho) paradigm shift when compared to (most) mobile/smart/whatever phones you used before. Up to G1, mobiles were pretty much self-contained devices: the phone was where your data was stored. At best, the makers let you [...]

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A G-Spot of an Android, part two

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Finally, both of you readers, I’ve managed to steal a moment or two to proceed with this little hands-on experience report. The phone was powered on for the first time, and the network unlock code was entered, so here we go … The Look Well, let’s face it, G1 is plain ugly. Butt ugly. A [...]

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A G-Spot of an Android, part one

Monday, January 26th, 2009

These days – mostly in order to facilitate some cool three-d-geo-development for mobile devices – a fine specimen of a G1 phone has found its way into our little X-Kolkhoz. A strange beast it seems at a first glance, and what else is there to expect, since – according to what it says on the [...]

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Data security on encrypted hard disk

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

When we look at security of laptop computers, many  people think that encrypting their hard drive will be enough to protect their data in case a laptop gets stolen. Basically that is much safer, than if it is not encrypted. When laptop is stolen even encrypting hard drive may not save your data from thief’s [...]

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Lenovo x series

Monday, December 15th, 2008

Recently we got our hands on a Lenovo X series laptops thanks to our boss and by his most respectful experiences convincing people to test things and take everything to the limit and get the most out of it this short article has been written. First little candy named X300 ended in my hands which [...]

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