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How does one clean a keyboard?
It is a questions that torments me. My keys look terrible. The coffee stains are probably several years old.
The keyboard is an old IBM model PS/2.
It is so antiquated that it still has mainframe commands like
Fine, but it is still filthy. What to do?
Chicken little, from small problem to big successWill the keycaps survive the washing machine? Tricky question. I'd better start on a small scale and chop this project into pieces.
I test the idea with the function keys, the least-used row. It's probably not a good idea to put the caps into the drum seperately. They get stuffed into a cotton bag, with a bit of washing powder, and they join the coloured laundry.
One hour later all the function keys are still intact and magnificently clean. Wonderful, wonderful, what a successful test!
Iterative approachSo, next are the row of numbers and
QWERTYUIOP\. Yes, a bit by bit approach, seeing that I'd like to continue typing during the cleaning process. It's surprisingly difficult to type blindly with ten fingers when you miss the key labels. One missing row is just about the maximum I can handle.
This round is less fortunate.
The cotton bag has come undone and the keys have scattered into all corners of the drum.
It takes a while to find all of them.
For a while the
Learn from mistakesThe final rows go in. I don't want another quest for missing keys. So, a double knot now secures the cotton bag. It works well.
I clean the body of the keyboard. It is shining, as good as new! Only the mainframe keys give its age away.
Quick & CleanSo, should you see a rapidly written piece of my code soon: I did not write it
Quick & Dirty, but
Quick & Clean.
· November 2001
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