Sometime last year I received snail mail stating that I had recently won in a raffle. I was quite surprised by the news since I hardly remember entering any contest. Nonetheless, the letter was real and after a month of waiting, I finally got the word to pick up my prize: a new 10.1-inch netbook. It’s a far cry from the former 8.1-inch netbook that was loaned to me by my best friend. Finally I have a more decent travel gadget in the form of an Intel Atom processor with 2 GB of memory and 160 GB of hard drive space. The bigger footprint made typing easier. I also started experiencing problems with my touchpad.
When I type, my wrist is usually grazing the palm rest of the netbook. This causes havoc with the rather large touchpad. Lowering the sensitivity won’t do since that means I won’t be able to properly use the touchpad when I need to. I was telling my best friend about this annoyance earlier today and he mentioned that he had the same problem as well. He then told me that there are some software that deal with this situation by disabling the touchpad when the user is typing. These software are all built for MS Windows though. I needed a Linux solution. Sure enough, I found it. In fact, I found two solutions. Since I wasn’t in the mood to do some manual configurations, I just went for the easier way, which is to install TouchFreeze.
If you search for TouchFreeze, you’ll end up at the Google Code page for the said application. You’ll notice that it’s only available for MS Windows. That is not the site you are looking for. Unless you really are looking for a Windows solution. What you should be looking for is the application created by Stefan Kombrink. TouchFreeze for Linux and for Windows work in almost the same way. TouchFreeze for Windows would completely disable the on the other hand, delays the touchpad from reacting for as much as two seconds after you last typed. I set my install for a delay of a minute and a half. I’m quite happy with the results. At least now the touchpad doesn’t get accidentally activated while I type. And I’m still able to use the touchpad whenever I need it.