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by Tom Berry
(trust him - he's older now)

Clean Your Keyboard
Do I have to?

So, how clean do you need to keep your keyboard?

If you read this article-- and follow it carefully, I’ll eat at your house anytime with no fear of bacteria.

As for me, my keyboards just wear out. They start sending very strange instructions to the computer with goofy results. And then I replace them.

I do keep a can of compressed air handy for blowing out computer towers, fans and so forth. It will also blast out the key cracks and crevices of the keyboard so that things don’t get too awfully gross.

We seldom think before using someone else’s keyboard. We just quickly lay our (of course!) pristine fingertips on their who-knows-what. Eeeuuuuwwww! Perhaps we should carry around our personal keyboard in a hand carrier like a cue stick in a professional pool player’s possession.

When my keyboard starts to wear, the letter “A” disappears first. Go figure. If you search for “Which letters on the keyboard wear off first,” you’ll find that keyboarders have different experiences with their letters wearing off. I must have a heavy pinky on the left or something.

Buying a new keyboard might fly against the new ethic. We should have keyboards that last for life, easily disassembled and cleaned with cheap replacement parts that kids could learn to service in kindergarten. Sure.

Your keyboard should last for some years without your doing much of anything except typing (provided you stop spilling beverages on it.) Don’t you think that somebody should create a keyboard that you can simply throw in the washing machine or the dishwasher? And I could go on about infrared keyboards that would project something like holograms onto hard surfaces. Holograms don’t catch crumbs or coffee.

Anyway, if you read the article in the link quoted above, let me know. And let me know what we’re having for dinner and when. I’ll bring my laptop.

Posted 11/25/2011