[techtalk] Re; Smoking kills!
dmerrill at lupercalia.net
Thu Dec 14 17:30:21 EST 2000
On Thu, Dec 14, 2000 at 01:57:50PM -0700, Wood, Mary wrote:
> > I have a friend who (for some reason) has been working
> > in PC repair for 5 years. He stands by giving keyboards
> > cold showers. I did it to one of my keyboards after a
> > coffee incident a few years ago, and it still works
> > fine. I wonder if a long, hot, dishwasher ride is
> > overkill, though ...
> I've never heard of any of this! I've been conditioned
> into the general belief that anything mechanical/
> computeresque + water = bad. You put the whole keyboard
> in water? Cord, guts and all?
Some electronic devices store an electric charge even when unplugged,
but your keyboard does not. When it is disconnected from its power
supply, it is completely charge-free. Nothing can short when there is
no power. As long as it is completely dry before you reconnect it,
I take my keycaps off and put them in a laundry bag. You know, the
kind for washing sweaters in, that's a kind of netting. Then I throw
the bag and the keyboard itself right in the d/w and run it. On cold
Dr. David C. Merrill http://www.lupercalia.net
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