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Knock Some Commands Into Your Laptop

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the wake-up dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "For the first time, you can smack your computer and get a meaningful response! An article at IBM Devworks show you how to rap on the laptop case with your knuckles and have commands run on those knocks. Enterprising hackers have developed modules for the Linux kernel to take advantage of laptop integrated accelerometer sensors; with them the possibilities are endless."

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196 comments

This technology was first developed... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15812980)

...using Ralph Kramden's wife.

Re:This technology was first developed... (-1, Flamebait)

utopianfiat (774016) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813195)

I've earned mod point to say just this:
Zonk, nobody gives a shit about your stories. Go beg to scuttlemonkey so he can take his job back and then go fap in front of your poster of Steve Ballmer you fat MS fanboy.

multiple desktop switching (4, Informative)

Speare (84249) | more than 7 years ago | (#15812987)

A MacOSX program called VirtuaDesktops has integrated this sort of thing, but it's still a bit finicky. You knock the laptop and it switches to the next desktop in the direction you knocked. It needs some debouncing because the recoil often just switches you right back to where you were.

Knock knock! (5, Funny)

modecx (130548) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813039)

knock knock knock smack smack smack knock knock knock

It looks like you're calling for help.
Would you like help?
* Telegraph CQD RAPE RAPE STOP NEED HELP PDQ STOP
* Just signal your distress without help

Re:Knock knock! (1)

LiquidCoooled (634315) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813412)

* Dear aunt, let's set so double the killer delete select all

Re:multiple desktop switching (4, Informative)

Jeff DeMaagd (2015) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813040)

Definitely not the "first time", though maybe a first for Linux.

I think there is a video called "SmackBook" that demonstrates the use of the software you described. I thought it was posted on Slashdot.

Re:multiple desktop switching (1)

justsomebody (525308) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813073)

Definitely not the "first time", though maybe a first for Linux.

Not the first time linux too (read my previous comment if you want video), but it probably is the first time published by entity that will make a lot of fuzz about it.

Re:not the first time (1)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813547)

You've always been able to reboot ANY os by giving it a swift kick. Isn't that why they call it "booting"?

SmackEdit (4, Interesting)

HTTP Error 403 403.9 (628865) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813070)

There is another Mac OS X app called SmackEdit. It simulates a manual typewriter and when smacked on the side, it performs a carriage return including the bell ring.


Lots of fun at the coffee shop.

Re:multiple desktop switching (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15813085)

Smack My Bitch Up!

Re:multiple desktop switching (1)

NosTROLLdamus (979044) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813248)

Change my pitch up?

Re:multiple desktop switching (5, Funny)

Rude Turnip (49495) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813231)

The most amusing of the Macbook motion sensor apps is Macsaber, which creates various lightsaber sounds in response to you swinging around your laptop. It's fun for the first 5 minutes until you remember how much your Macbook cost.

WINDOWS XP Version (1)

thisnow1 (882441) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813274)

Anyone know if this is possible (or if there is any group) working on this for WindowsXP-based Thinkpads?

Re:multiple desktop switching (2, Informative)

catwh0re (540371) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813308)

Here is a video link for interested people "Smack book" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uvQTTPr9Rw [youtube.com] .

Macs also have a few other apps such as stable window which keeps a window upright while turning the laptop around, plus a few games that work on a similar principles such as "Neverball" amongst others. There are even widgets that tap into the AMS to play small ball-in-hole games.

My particular favourite is the app that turns your powerbook into a light saber making sound effects as you swing it around. (MacSaber)

I've avoided pasting links to all of these as most are run on small sites where a direct link will /. the 'ell out of them. However just do a google search for anything you're interested in. There is a lot of fun projects happening with AMS as a HID device in the open source community.

Re:multiple desktop switching (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15813342)

Indeed. It all started with the whole "Mac alarm" thing some time back, a video of the same being quite popular on the meme sites.

I wish the authors for IBM's developerworks would just submit stories with their actual names, rather than continually doing this "anonymous" thing to try to get some hits for what would otherwise go ignored. Nathan, just put your own god damn name on the submission.

Re:multiple desktop switching (1)

void bear(void) (930003) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813498)

Pretty much all the smack mods for macs use Amit Singh's handywork. The 'creators' of the smackbook virtual desktop thing decided it wasn't good to smack computers and went for the ambient light sensors as an interface instead.

Within moments of this article being posted... (5, Funny)

DietCoke (139072) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813001)

IBM's warranty calls for failed drives shot through the roof.

Re:Within moments of this article being posted... (1)

kemo_by_the_kilo (971543) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813105)

like since fujitsu took over the HDs they werent already failing alot......
deskstar became deathstar around where i work.

Re:Within moments of this article being posted... (1)

xetovss (17621) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813207)

Actually Hitachi bought IBM's hard drive business. At the service center I work at (NOT BB/GEEKSQUAD) Hitachi drives are commonly known as Hitrashi and Fujitsu HD's is Fushi*su and Toshiba HD's well just add a 't' in the appropriate place. Just got stacks and stacks of them around. Just seems that modern laptop drives are just not built to the same caliber as desktop drives are, heck I even see drives in MFG warranty failing left and right. For the record Samsung and Seagate drives seem pretty bad as well, WD's laptop drives haven't seen to many of them go bad yet as they are newer but they are starting to pop up. Oh well I guess it keeps the HD mfg's in business and repair depots like the one I work at in business as well, and I'm not complaining :).

I don't know about you, but. . . (4, Insightful)

kimvette (919543) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813002)

I don't know about you, but I would not go out of my way to subject a laptop to sudden motion intentionally while the hard drive is running, no matter how well the hard drives are built. If I spend $2,000 on a laptop, I'd want the thing to last.

Re:I don't know about you, but. . . (2, Interesting)

justsomebody (525308) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813045)

Now even for a fancy feature like this one?
http://www.gnome.org/~fherrera/blog/gtollina [gnome.org]

C'mon... Admit it:)

btw. hitting your wife is so 70's. Now its all about hitting computers.

Re:I don't know about you, but. . . (4, Funny)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813119)

btw. hitting your wife is so 70's. Now its all about hitting computers.

That is where most of us get our sex anways.....

Re:I don't know about you, but. . . (1)

dreamlax (981973) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813160)

Have you heard of the Panasonic Toughbooks? Their top of the line model can be dropped onto concrete from over a metre and withstand the fall. It can also operate at sub-zero temperatures because it has a built-in hardware (particularly hard drive) heater. Its case is made from titanium, and of course being Panasonic, it has an SD card slot.

They are expensive though. The cheapest I've seen one in NZ is just over $4,000 (NZD).

With that sort laptop, I wouldn't care about giving it a thump.

Re:I don't know about you, but. . . (1, Redundant)

kimvette (919543) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813258)

Despite the fact that it's designed to withstand an accidental drop, I still would not go out of my way to intentionally knock the thing around. Have you any idea just how tight the tolerances are in modern hard drives? Sure they're machined better than hard drives of the past, but with the tighter tolerances I'd avoid intentionally jostling the things while they're running.

Re:I don't know about you, but. . . (1)

shadowbearer (554144) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813389)

Abuse your equipment, and it'll eventually stop functioning. It's a universal truth.

SB

Re:I don't know about you, but. . . (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813295)

"I don't know about you, but I would not go out of my way to subject a laptop to sudden motion intentionally while the hard drive is running, no matter how well the hard drives are built. If I spend $2,000 on a laptop, I'd want the thing to last."

Funny you should mention that. My Toshiba M-200 TabletPC has an acellerometer in it. It comes with a little app to do things when it detects a sudden movement. I set up my laptop to make the "waaaah!" sound from Quantum Leap whenever Al slapped the handlink. The point of that wasn't to be cute, it was to minimize how many times I heard that sound for exactly the reason you mentioned.

Re:I don't know about you, but. . . (1)

schwaang (667808) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813318)

I don't know about you, but I would not go out of my way to subject a laptop to sudden motion intentionally while the hard drive is running

Aw c'mon, not even to test the new OhSh*tImInFreefallParkTheHeadBeforeWeBounce command?

Re:I don't know about you, but. . . (1)

Ohreally_factor (593551) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813654)

I'm pretty sure that the HD is parked while these apps are running, or at least it is recommended that your HD be parked.

Obligatory Starter Thread - KNOCK, KNOCK! (-1, Offtopic)

xmas2003 (739875) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813008)

Who's there?

Re:Obligatory Starter Thread - KNOCK, KNOCK! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15813185)

Customer Service.

Re:Obligatory Starter Thread - KNOCK, KNOCK! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15813198)

Customer Service who?

Re:Obligatory Starter Thread - KNOCK, KNOCK! (2, Funny)

redstar427 (81679) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813392)

Future of laptop communications between laptop and its owner...

Laptop owner (trying knock commands): knock knock
Laptop: who's there?
Laptop owner: me
Laptop: me who?
Laptop owner (frustrated, tries again): knock knock
Laptop: who's there?
Laptop owner: your owner
Laptop: your owner who?
Laptop owner: want your owner to knock you on the ground again?
Laptop: okay, okay, no need to become violent!

Re:Obligatory Starter Thread - KNOCK, KNOCK! (1)

HillaryWBush (882804) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813450)

Control freak of Slashdot!

Now YOU post control freak of Slashdot who!!!

This is not new (5, Informative)

SuperMog2002 (702837) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813010)

This has been around for months on the MacBook Pro in the form of Smackbook [google.com] . The user simply hits his MBP to switch desktops. In this case, one of the desktops is running OS X, the other XP via Parallels.

Re:This is not new (1)

Man of E (531031) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813074)

And for those of us with Powerbooks with ambient light sensors, there is Shadowbook [medallia.com] , which can be used with Virtue Desktops to switch between virtual desktops with the wave of a hand. It's a bit gimmicky, but fun.

Itsy had "Rock n Scroll" in 1998 (1)

EmbeddedJanitor (597831) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813348)

This has been around for many years.......

Re:This is not new (1)

labratuk (204918) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813442)

Linux has had people playing with this sort of thing ever since the hdaps driver was written for thinkpads just over a year ago. The first things done with it were e.g. being hooked up to neverball [icculus.org] .

What is that program? (1)

ModernGeek (601932) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813643)

What is that program with the blue liquidy stuff that seems to move whenever he moves the window. Looks like oodles of fun.

pffft ... (4, Funny)

Average_Joe_Sixpack (534373) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813013)

Enterprising hackers have developed modules for the Linux kernel to take advantage of laptop integrated accelerometer sensors; with them the possibilities are endless
 
I'm waiting for them to enable the self destruct sequence on Dell laptops ... that would be useful.

Re:pffft ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15813086)

Re:pffft ... (2, Insightful)

ScrewMaster (602015) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813365)

The self-destruct sequence on Dell equipment is fully automated and is initiated the first time the unit is powered up after purchase. The countdown is assigned to a random number at the factory, ranging anywhere from ten seconds to several months.

So I can use... (5, Funny)

NoseBag (243097) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813016)

...my laptop to detect opportunity when it knocks?

How 'bout compiler engines? Will it detect knocking in them?

Re:So I can use... (3, Funny)

twiddlingbits (707452) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813178)

No knocks to worry about if you write High Octane Code!

Re:So I can use... (1)

Ohreally_factor (593551) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813675)

I'm still getting a pinging, tho'.

Won't work for me... (5, Funny)

x2A (858210) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813022)

...usually when I hit my laptop, it's because it's already frozen.

dupe (oh wait that was digg) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15813023)

Does it run on windows?. Smackpad for linux came out days after smackbook but I dont know if anyone was working on porting it

random sensors..... (5, Interesting)

eggoeater (704775) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813028)

Maybe we should just start putting in different types of random sensors in laptops that can pull data from the emediate environment and see what the hackers can do with them. Some suggestions:

Gyroscopes for Orientation (pitch,roll,yaw)
More accelerometers
Altimeter
GPS
External temperature,humidity, pressure
Pressure sensors (which determine how hard the user is banging on the keyboard in aggrevation).
Thermal imaging

Re:random sensors..... (0, Offtopic)

eggoeater (704775) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813052)

immediate.... not emediate

Wow...I typed that previous post quick but even still, I haven't mangled a word that bad in a while.

I am my own grammer nazi....

Re:random sensors..... (1)

NoseBag (243097) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813252)

That's badly.

I sincerely and abjectly apologize, but I couldn't resist.

Don't you just hate it when that happens?

Re:random sensors..... (1)

Ohreally_factor (593551) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813684)

I salute you grammar nazis. You guys think different.

Re:random sensors..... (1, Insightful)

justsomebody (525308) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813094)

Maybe we should just start putting in different types of random sensors in laptops that can pull data from the emediate environment and see what the hackers can do with them. Some suggestions:

Gyroscopes for Orientation (pitch,roll,yaw)
More accelerometers
Altimeter
GPS
External temperature,humidity, pressure
Pressure sensors (which determine how hard the user is banging on the keyboard in aggrevation).
Thermal imaging
:P ??? :I !!?# :(

I'm all for that, except my backpack is not big enough to fit nuclear power plant that goes with that setup :(

Re:random sensors..... (1)

ScrewMaster (602015) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813396)

The geek crowd here on Slashdot would probably be impressed with a laptop nocturnal tumescence monitor. I mean, what better place to put one?

Yes, such things exist. Back in 1982 I wrote a data acquisition and display program for one of those on an Apple ][. Fortunately, I was never treated to the sight of one in actual use, but I did see the recorded output. It was ... interesting.

Re:random sensors..... (1)

Ohreally_factor (593551) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813694)

Your .sig has become a little less cryptic.

And seriously! Who knew back then that computers would demonstrate nocturnal tumescence! You were ahead of your time, sir!

Re:random sensors..... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15813602)

Thermal imaging
Laptop at the beach. Yum.

Re:random sensors..... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15813631)

Dude, you just invented the tricorder.

Thank you for calling IBM Warranty services... (5, Funny)

RulerOf (975607) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813031)

... What seems to be the problem?

"Uh, well, I was drunk and I, uh... My screen is cracked."

Re:Thank you for calling IBM Warranty services... (1)

identity0 (77976) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813150)

Note: procedure does not work on wife. Do not attempt.

*knock* "Why aren't you doing the dishes?! One knock for dishes, two for laundry!" *Krrrack*

"IBM tech support, how many I help you?"

"..my wife broke my Thinkpad over my head..."

New Dialog box (2, Interesting)

fluffywuffy (844881) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813032)

One knock for yes, two knocks for no, and three knocks for cancel

Re:New Dialog box (1)

kanweg (771128) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813175)

Vista will have this, but the commands are the other way around. (Cancel is one knock). A demo will be given shortly.

Bert

Re:New Dialog box (1)

ronz0o (889697) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813209)

I can't wait to put this on an old computer, have a faulty sensor, and have it only read one knock for the format...

What they need to do... (2, Insightful)

Doc Squidly (720087) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813041)

What they need to do to install the sensors int the monitors of desktops because that's were the average user will hit they computer.

My guess is that most people get fixated on the monitor or don't realize that if they wanted to do damage then need to strike the components that actually do the work.

Re:What they need to do... (1)

aztektum (170569) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813620)

In other words, "Don't shoot the messenger!"

Dumb dumb dumb... (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15813047)

Aside from the fact that encouraging people to gradually ruin their notebook's hard drive, this idea is the next "MOUSE GESTURING".

Write press release - introduce a few whiz-bang apps or games - stumble over an article about the concept ten years later and laugh at the idea all over again.

At least it's not the next Z-Board.

Re:Dumb dumb dumb... (1)

penguinwhoflew (904673) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813337)

Laugh at mouse gestures? Hardly. I use them quite a lot in Firefox, it's excellent for browsing because my hands are rarely on the keyboard. All my favorite sites start open, and all I need to do to switch tabs etc. is right-click + a direction. But I really don't see nudging a laptop being very useful, unless you have to hold down a button to use it (which would be pointless, might as well use key combos if so).

Hmm.. something useful here (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15813065)

1. chair impact detected
2. sell microsoft stock
3. buy google stock
4. profit!

Re:Hmm.. something useful here (1)

Geoffreyerffoeg (729040) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813527)

You need a ??? in there...maybe replace step 1?

One if by land. Two if by sea. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15813069)

"Enterprising hackers have developed modules for the Linux kernel to take advantage of laptop integrated accelerometer sensors; with them the possibilities are endless."

Detecting underseas earthquakes?

I guarantee.... (5, Funny)

gardyloo (512791) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813072)

... that everyone's new password will be "shave and a haircut"

Re:I guarantee.... (1)

KDR_11k (778916) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813134)

Obviously. No toon can resist that one.

Re:I guarantee.... (1)

Andrew Penry (969613) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813695)

Mine is that elementary school favorite:

Ta Ta Ti-Ti Ta.

I guess we'll have to teach rhythm solmization [google.com] in staff meetings.

Real port knocking protocol? (3, Funny)

noidentity (188756) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813080)

So, will this allow a true port knocking protocol to be implemented?

"Why isn't the USB port working?"
"Knock first!"

The Best Possible Response (4, Funny)

Billosaur (927319) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813102)

"Help, help, come see the vviolence in the system... help, help, I'm being repressed!!!"

What? (3, Funny)

eosp (885380) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813106)

Typing ls was too much for people?

Re:What? (1)

LindseyJ (983603) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813510)

Most people don't use *nix, so yes, getting them to a point where that command actually does anything besides echo("Bad command or file name") is a bit much :P

corepirate nazi felons knock sense into US? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15813117)

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for many of US, the only way out is up.

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Join G.R.O.S.S. (0, Offtopic)

kemo_by_the_kilo (971543) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813155)



G.R.O.S.S.

see http://www.geocities.com/lsyuen.geo/gross.html [geocities.com]
I think the knock sensor would be cool for security, have a secret knock, just like in the pillow forts and tree house clubs of yore.
also...for the kid in you...
http://www.knock-knock-joke.com/ [knock-knock-joke.com]

Mod Parent 50% Down (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15813184)

50% Offtopic - Calvin and Hobbes have jackshit to do with this topic.

Knockers (0, Redundant)

kanweg (771128) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813164)

A couple of knockers on a computer. What else is new?

Bert
Who learned his slang from a James Bond movie (the one with Famke Jansen)

Re:Knockers (1)

masterzora (871343) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813463)

Goldeneye

A new type of password? (0)

Wescotte (732385) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813171)

A secret knock pattern to login to your machine perhaps?

Re:A new type of password? (1)

DigitAl56K (805623) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813284)

Right, because nobody would be able to hear you logging in.. :S

Also, 90% of the 'knockphrases' (you read it here first!) would be "knock knock kn-knock knock... knock knock".

Re:A new type of password? (1)

Wescotte (732385) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813309)

A secondary lock.. I mean if it doesn't prompt you "Please knock your PW now" who'd know why the system doesn't come up after entering a valid username/password.

Or maybe you could just have various aspects of your desktop hidden unless you knock a specific pattern.

Or, you could just wave your hand over your Mac... (4, Interesting)

thedbp (443047) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813213)

This is even cooler - using Virtual Desktops, Shadowbook, and Parallels Desktop, you can switch between OS X and Windows just by waving your hand over the ambient light sensor in the MacBook Pro ...

Peep a video here:
http://blog.medallia.com/2006/06/shadowbook.html [medallia.com]

Cheers!

Quake (3, Funny)

cdep_illabout (992133) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813267)

I would hate to get owned by someone who didn't even have their laptop open.

Morse Code (2, Interesting)

ronanbear (924575) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813272)

It would be a great way to input Morse Code into a laptop. It could be integrated into a program which teaches Morse Code and would be fun to learn.

Re:Morse Code (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15813346)

How would this be better than just hitting the space bar or mouse button? And how could a program possibly discern a dot from a dash if all you're doing is hitting the computer?

I'd just like mine to play a wav file (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15813340)

...of that grrrl from Unreal Tournament saying, Hit me harder

At least I thought she said that...

Today's post was broght to you by the kaptcha "deprive"

'I can't let you do that, Dave.' (1)

ReallyEvilCanine (991886) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813345)

How hard do you have to hit it before it starts singing A Bicycle Built for Two?

So... (1)

shadowbearer (554144) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813373)


  I can take a framing hammer to my laptop, and it'll install Ubuntu in response?

SB

can someone tell me (1)

johansalk (818687) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813405)

What was the original intention of this accelerometer sensor gizmo?

Re:can someone tell me (1)

magetoo (875982) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813431)

Parking the hard drive heads if/when the laptop is dropped, and so preventing them from touching the spinning platter and destroying data when it hits the ground.

Re:can someone tell me (1)

omegakidd (592638) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813515)

wow, that sure is impressive.

Dear Linux Gods... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15813437)

Please write a module that shouts out expletives when smacked. Maybe hack offensive fortune package for this. I promise to donate some to buy y'all (well, some of yous) a round of beer for this.

Please. Thank you.

Accelerometers - too complicated (1)

kooky45 (785515) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813457)

Any laptop with a microphone will pick up someone rapping on the case.

the best use of this technology (1)

adrianmonk (890071) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813490)

Seems to me the best use of this technology is to do something that nobody has ever been able to do with a computer before: make a realistic pinball game, one where you can actually nudge the machine to control the ball (and risk getting a tilt).

I've been able to slap sense into my windows... (3, Funny)

ArielMT (757715) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813495)

I've been able to slap some sense into my windows for quite some time now. It comes built-in to X11.

First off, choose a cursor theme in which the cursor for moving a window is a hand, such as any of the comix cursor themes in Debian. Next, on those rare occasions when a program misbehaves, hold down the Alt key to warn the window. Finally, click and drag the mouse anywhere on the offending window briefly, while the Alt key is still held down.

Congratulations, you've just slapped some sense into the misbehaving window.

With technology like this... (1)

TheVelvetFlamebait (986083) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813633)

...is is any wonder why no-one uses desktops anymore?

The Module - with apologies to E. A. Poe. (4, Funny)

Karellen (104380) | more than 7 years ago | (#15813703)

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious man page of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, to page down I started tapping,
On the case of laptop rapping, rapping to see one page more.
`'Tis a kernel module,' said I, `understanding taps galore -
Only this, and nothing more.'
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