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All Hail My New TrackPoint Overlord!

Hey, guess what? It’s another ThinkPad update!

I don’t know if it’s the device or how Linux handles it, but the touch pad is terrible. I get more unexpected movements of the cursor than expected. In Firefox, the scroll two-finger gesture very often ends in zoom control. The button underneath the touch pad is stiff and not pleasurable to use. Say what you will about Macbooks, but they mastered the touch pad.

So, I’ve done what any sane neckbeard would do and disabled it completely. When I’m in laptop mode, I’m using TrackPoint, and when docked, I rely on a trusty old mouse either way.

ThinkPad's TrackPoint
ThinkPad's TrackPoint

And boy, does Trackpoint has a stiff learning curve. Having the cursor move in the expected direction is easy, but having any precision? Contrary to any logic, the speed is not controlled by the horizontal force but by the vertical. So, one needs to press the nib more and not lean it more. Or at least I think so.

But here I am, two days after relying only on TrackPoint, and it’s near the point when I’ll actually enjoy it.