May 17th, 2005


Of mice and keyboards

So I just went and degunked my keyboard, and at the same time degimmicked the space bar (the little metal bar which stops it wobbling had come out of the little plastic clips.

I wonder how long before a) I get fed up with it and regimmick the space bar, or b) the little metal bar pops back out of the little plastic clips and the keyboard regimmicks itself? Bear in mind that there are several odd things with this keyboard. One, while being a Dell keyboard, there are no windows keys. It predates Windows 95 (to give you an idea of timing, it came with a Dell 486SX25 (or possibly SX33)). Two, when unscrewing it you quickly realise that there are no surface mount components - it's all big ol' resistors, caps, wire links and a massive 20-odd-pin IC. Three, when unscrewing it further, you realise that it's switch-per-key and so clatters nicely when you type (except for the space bar, which now makes a muffled thud instead of a springy clack). Still, I prefer it to modern membrane keyboards. It has a nicer feel, and makes a much nicer sound too. You just can't go >clickety-click< on modern keyboards.
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