[Ubuntu-US-CA] Fwd: Re: ubuntu help

Philip Ballew philipballew at ubuntu.com
Wed Jan 21 18:34:41 UTC 2015

Hey Larry,

I just recently saw your email, and see that you are close by. I am happily
willing to look at your macbook and any other issues you have. I live in
Ocean Beach, San Diego and if you wanna meet here or talk on the phone, or
email I can try to work with either of these options. Do these options seem
like ways to work with you? Here is my number as well: 530-305-6497

On Wed, Jan 21, 2015 at 8:43 AM, Larry <larrywhitchcock at gmail.com> wrote:

>  Folks:  Elizabeth encouraged me to reach out to the users group, so here
> I am.  Previous conversations are included for background.  Is there anyone
> here who could meet up with me / who might be able to help with this issue (
> *bold*)?  Thanks in advance.  Larry
> -------- Forwarded Message --------  Subject: Re: ubuntu help  Date: Fri,
> 16 Jan 2015 10:45:04 -0800  From: Larry <larrywhitchcock at gmail.com>
> <larrywhitchcock at gmail.com>  To: Elizabeth K. Joseph <lyz at ubuntu.com>
> <lyz at ubuntu.com>  CC: Philip Ballew <philipballew at ubuntu.com>
> <philipballew at ubuntu.com>
> Elizabeth/Philip:  I'm in Carlsbad, would be willing to travel a couple
> hours if I really thought someone could help me.  See below for more
> detail:
> *The touch pad on my computer has been an area of frustration for me.
> It's too sensitive for me to use as I'd like.  There are a couple items I'd
> like investigated.  As a reminder I have Ubuntu 14.04 installed as the OS. *
> * 1) I would like to be able to disable the touch pad, and just use the
> mouse.  From my on-line research, I've found that windows offers that
> option, and apparently so does Ubuntu.  I can't find that command option on
> my computer anywhere.  It may exist, I just can't locate it.  It looks like
> there is a way to add that command option, in the event it's not there.
> There was some on-line discussion about having the touch pad automatically
> disable itself, only while typing.  That option should be explored, or at
> least have it available in the software.  A point to consider however; I
> could think of a situation where I might open my computer (with the touch
> pad disabled) without having the mouse affixed; hence I would be unable to
> use the computer, even temporarily.  Please help me think through those
> types of situations. *
> * 2) The touch pad on my daughter's Macbook works differently than the one
> on my computer.  On my computer, running or scrolling my finger on the
> touch pad moves the cursor; the same is true on the Macbook. The difference
> however, "clicking" a command with my computer only requires a very slight
> touch (tap); a "soft click" so to speak.  It senses the "command" long
> before I actually press and hard "click" the touch pad.  On the Macbook,
> you have to press the touch pad ("hard click"), you feel and hear a
> "click", then the command is activated.  My touch pad does have the the
> hard press "click" as part of the hardware.  Possibly, there is a software
> program that would allow the hard click option, it seemed to be discussed
> in some on-line forums. *
> * Having both  1 and 2 options available would be a real help to me. *
> I live in Hamilton, NY; home of Colgate University.  I'm a graduate of
> Cornell University; my wife St. Bonaventure University.  Now retired.  Not
> missing the cold at all.  My daughter did undergrad work at CSU San Marcos;
> now attends University of New England School of Pharmacy in Portland, ME.
> She was out here for the holidays.  I suspect she'll be back to California
> once she starts her career.  Eldest son lives in San Marcos, CA.  Thanks
> for any help.  Larry
> On 01/16/2015 10:28 AM, Elizabeth K. Joseph wrote:
> Hi Larry,
> I've only ever been to San Diego once, so I'm not really familiar with
> the area. I'm including Philip Ballew on this email, he goes to school
> down there and may be able to point you in the right direction. If
> not, you're welcome to email the Ubuntu California mailing list to ask
> folks there, I know we have several contributors from the San Diego
> area: ubuntu-us-ca at lists.ubuntu.com.
> Smart move to spend winters in San Diego, I lived in Rochester and the
> Finger Lakes region for a couple years and the winters were brutal,
> even compared to where I grew up in Maine! :)
> On Fri, Jan 16, 2015 at 10:00 AM, Larry <larrywhitchcock at gmail.com> <larrywhitchcock at gmail.com> wrote:
>  Elizabeth:  Hi, my name is Larry Hitchcock.  I live in upstate NY, spend
> winters in north San Diego County.  I have a new Lenovo Ideapad with Ubuntu
> 14.04 OS; on a good day I am a novice.  The very sensitive touch pad on my
> computer is problematic.  I'm looking for a place (storefront, corporate
> business, small personal business) to go, with my computer (north San Diego
> County), where a Ubuntu expert could help me.  Any ideas?  Thanks for your
> time.  Larry
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