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When keyboards go bad

My Microsoft Natural Keyboard has apparently died. I am posting from the laptop.


The thing is ... I am now very tempted to spend a bit of money on a wireless keyboard and mouse.

If I could somehow prevent them from ever getting food inside them (a bad bad thing that happens to my keyboards, they collect CAT HAIR and HUMAN HAIR and FOOD PARTICLES and FLERN and DUST BUNNIES until they stop working and cannot even be cleaned.)

So. Back shortly.

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drath
Apr. 19th, 2007 01:45 am (UTC)
Prevention is cure in these situations. Order anti-static soloutions and tools by the truckful and use with every meal!!
robotech_master
Apr. 19th, 2007 03:58 am (UTC)
I've been told that at least some keyboards can survive a turn in the dishwasher and start working again when they dry out.

If the keyboard is dead anyway, might be something to try.
bunny_m
Apr. 19th, 2007 08:13 am (UTC)
I know that keyboards can deal with a good thorough rinse if you let them dry for a week or three.

I've spilled drinks over my keyboard several times, and when that happens I give them a good rinse in the kitchen sink, then prop them up to drain and use my backup keyboard for a few weeks.

The only trouble is that my backup isn't a natural keyboard, so I have to readjust to a standard one again. >.>
kwsapphire
Apr. 19th, 2007 12:52 pm (UTC)
I hate ergonomic keyboards. Then again I don't type using home row, so my wrists aren't in much danger. My hands kind of float above the keyboard all over the place, my elbows sit on the table.
bunny_m
Apr. 19th, 2007 01:13 pm (UTC)
Ahh, well I had a pair of stuffed wrists for a few years, and the ergonomic keyboard helped immensely with that.

These days I much prefer it purely for the way the layout separates the keyboard into two distinct halves. Much harder to mis-hit keys in the heat of combat this way.

Not that I don't do it anyway, from time to time. <.<;
kwsapphire
Apr. 19th, 2007 01:19 pm (UTC)
See, I may use either hand for the keys in the middle, so having the keyboard split usually screws me up.
foomf
Apr. 19th, 2007 03:48 pm (UTC)
I figured from the way it was acting that the problem was really that the chipset on the keyboard was frotzing out. It was unrelated to where I typed, what would go nuts.

And, I've wanted to replace the keyboard with a wireless one anyway, so I did.
foomf
Apr. 19th, 2007 03:43 pm (UTC)
I'm thinking I need to get a keyboard condom.
kwsapphire
Apr. 19th, 2007 12:47 pm (UTC)
Your icon is funny as hell!
snobahr
Apr. 19th, 2007 04:40 pm (UTC)
¿Que es "flern"?
foomf
Apr. 19th, 2007 05:40 pm (UTC)
It's a nonsense word from Computer Science Geekery that seems to have taken on a life of its own, not unlike that of the crud in my dead keyboard.

Google it... there's much there which is not worksafe, and much which is nerdful.
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