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    Over in the Windows 98 Forum, we've been having a bit of a difference of opinion on whether you can (should) clean a keyboard by uplugging it, then washing it, and letting it dry thoroughly. One or two loungers are totally horrified by the idea. All I can say is, it works, and there's no good reason why it shouldn't. We're talking ordinary, bog-standard keybds with nasty liquids spilt on them. Not laptops. Not detachables. Not delicate membraneous varieties and not ones still attached to your system.
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    <INPUT TYPE=RADIO NAME=option VALUE="1"> Yes, it's ok
    <INPUT TYPE=RADIO NAME=option VALUE="2"> Yes, it's ok, and I've done it
    <INPUT TYPE=RADIO NAME=option VALUE="3"> No way, Jose, I blew up the kids
    <INPUT TYPE=RADIO NAME=option VALUE="4"> Would never do it on principle
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    Re: Washing

    There's no category for this, but I prefer a delicate cleaning... time spent, all that juicy stuff...

    There IS a rust factor too.. ya know..

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    Re: Washing

    But... how do you know when it's *thoroughly* dry? [img]/S/thinks.gif[/img]
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    Re: Washing

    If you plug it in, and [img]/S/electric.gif[/img], it probably isn't ready yet...

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    Re: Washing

    [img]/S/thumbup.gif[/img] That's what I thought. [img]/S/devil.gif[/img]
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    Re: Washing

    ok, i had a user who spilled coffe in her kb. We took it, soaked it, let it dry for 24 hours on each side and it worked fine. I'd wash it.
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    Re: Washing

    This reminds me of a true story my mother told me about when she was in hospital once. It seems the Matron told a new nurse to go help the old dears with their teeth. The newbie duly went around the whole ward, collecting their teeth and then dumped the whole lot into a sink and started scrubbing them...
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    Re: Washing

    Here's a few replies from reputable sources. I won't drop any other names, but if I did you'd know some of them. Probably. I particularly liked Jerry Pournelle takes his into the shower

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    Re: Washing

    Hi Mel,

    I've voted on principle, but you are starting sway me...well almost! [img]/S/thinks.gif[/img]
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    Re: Washing

    My understanding of that term, empiricist is that it is the view that experience is the only source of knowledge... I do not hold that view. [img]/S/nope.gif[/img]

    Everyone has their opinions. (There's a saying like that... but far to vulgar to post)
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    Re: Washing

    As I recall, empiricism is the theory that all knowledge is derived from sense-experience. Personally, as a philosophy graduate I couldn't even tell you what knowledge is, let alone where it comes from! [img]/S/grin.gif[/img]
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    Re: Washing

    After spilling substance on keyboard:
    1. Call co-worker into fictitious meeting with another co-worker
    2. Stealthily creep into co-workers office or cubicle
    3. Unplug co-worker keyboard, replace with yours
    4. Return to your work area and connect co-workers keyboard

    Works for me every time. [img]/S/devil.gif[/img]

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    Re: Washing

    Hi drkRealm
    Perhaps empiricist was too extreme. I should have said pragmatist (one using the method of testing the value of any assertion that claims to be true, by its consequences).
    I was implying that your joke showed a perfectly respectable way of approaching problems : try it and see if it works. It was actually meant to be complimentary in an ironic sort of way.
    However, I subscribe to Huxleys view : All true science begins with empiricism. (1881 T. Huxley in Nature No. 615. 343). The doctrine which regards experience as the only source of true knowledge is a philosophical standpoint taken by many of today's educational practitioners (rightly or wrongly, but including me). It was not meant to insult you (as your rather different private post to me seemed to suggest).
    I can do much better than that... [img]/S/angel.gif[/img]

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    Re: Washing

    Merc,

    Only mild offense was taken... that's the beauty of emoticons.. dry humor can become less dry.. [img]/S/grin.gif[/img]

    I don't recall sending you a private post, although I was tempted to do so.. can you elaborate on the contents of that post? [img]/S/smile.gif[/img]

    I find this great/wonderful/intriging... there's nothing like a little sported debate to bring out the best (and worse [img]/S/blush.gif[/img]) in people, but most importantly, to bring out the opinions. Forums thrive on opinions, and i'm glad to be a part of it!

    Regarding the thread, here in the US, a cheap keyboard can be had for a little under $10, So to some, maticulous cleaning wouldn't be the answer... Personally, I find such actions relaxing, so that's how I handle the occasional beverage over the keyboard incident. I don't think that makes me empericist, or pragmatist. It's what I enjoy. [img]/S/shrug.gif[/img]

    No worries, no nothing... I think it's great here, and always will.

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