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Aurora Humarán  Identity Verified
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hola May 31, 2006

I chose the N/A option because I did not know where to vote. I only change my keyboard when I change my PC, never before. With every new computer comes a new keyboard and I never change it, before replacing the whole thing. (I did change my mouse a couple of times, and I did change the monitor to get a 'thin' one Of course, I cannot remember the right name)

Au


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JaneTranslates  Identity Verified
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I replaced it today! May 31, 2006

I can't believe this poll is running right now. Just yesterday I was finishing a job and my keyboard went insane. I replaced it today and finished the job, and had to take 5% off my bill for late delivery.

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M. Anna Kańduła  Identity Verified
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Never May 31, 2006

I never changed my keyboard - which means I work on it for 8 years now I never broke up, so no need to buy new one.

Anni


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Dan Marasescu  Identity Verified
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Keyboard quality improving? May 31, 2006

Wow, I'm a bit surprised by people like Anna and others who told me they very rarely change their keyboard. You shouldn't think you are an exception, Aurora, someone told me he changed his computer twice but kept his keyboard.

This shows me that the quality of the keyboards is generally very good. I think most of them now have a self-lubrication system, but I'm not sure how I should clean such a keyboard. What's the right way to do it?

Thanks,
Dan


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Agnieszka Zmuda  Identity Verified
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Never bother about it May 31, 2006

I have an IT expert at home so it's for him to decide when to buy a new keyboard. I just try not to spill coffee over it, nor season it with breadcrumbs too much Our present keyboard has already survived over 5 years of moderately intensive use and it still doesn't seem in need of retirement

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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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Is there a keyboard gremlin hiding in the ProZ pages? May 31, 2006

Mine went kaput today, too!! Fortunately, I had one in reserve.

This is the third or fourth time in my at-home career that I have worn one out. They have a lifetime of a certain number of keystrokes.

[Edited at 2006-05-31 08:40]


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Monika Jakacka Márquez  Identity Verified
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never...? May 31, 2006

I work on a laptop, so it's quite difficult for me to change the keyboard without changing the computer. And if I decide to do so, it's normaly not because of the keyboard but laptop's obsolete features.

Actually, I didn't know which answer to choose...

I have never ever broke the keyboard, but I know people who are really obsessioned with having a perfect keyboard (surprisingly they don't use a computer as much as I do).

And one more thing, I really enjoy working on a laptop keyboard. It's softer and smaller (perfect for my little hands...) and much more comfortable (for me!).

M.


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Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
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They will last. May 31, 2006

I killed generations of "mice" which are hanging upside down on my "computer-kill"-wall, together with various deceased hard disks (better than deer heads, right?), however, I never managed to destroy a keyboard.

When kept clean and sanitized on a regular basis, they seem to last forever.


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Aurora Humarán  Identity Verified
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off topic May 31, 2006

Nicole Schnell wrote:

I killed generations of "mice" which are hanging upside down on my "computer-kill"-wall, together with various deceased hard disks (better than deer heads, right?), however, I never managed to destroy a keyboard.




This reminded me of a story at the bank where I used to work as an in-house translator.

Once upon a time... one of my small earrings disappeared somewhere in the keyboard.

The IT guys feared me. I must have been the bank's employee with more help requests. Soooo.... I decided to get my earring without bothering anybody. I remembered I had once seen one of the IT guys remove one of the keys to get a tiny thing that had dropped there. I did the same and removed the L. I had the feeling the earring was somewhere there Perhaps that would produce a hole for my earring to appear. I started shaking the keyboard and could hear my earring calling me from inside. I removed the K, the O and the I. Nothing. [I got nervous] I removed a couple of other keys. And then more keys. And more.

EUREKA!

Scrabble time: I had to go to my workmate's desk to see the right position of each of the letters!!! (sad for a translator not to know what to do with letters! )


[Edited at 2006-05-31 10:56]


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Aurora Humarán  Identity Verified
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Not me May 31, 2006

Monika Jakacka wrote:

And one more thing, I really enjoy working on a laptop keyboard. It's softer and smaller (perfect for my little hands...) and much more comfortable (for me!).

M.


Not that my fingers are so huge but I don't like the small movements of the pad. I feel restricted there.

I am sure, however, that if I started woking on a laptop I would get used to it (adaptability to the environment )

Au


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msherms  Identity Verified
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I need a change!! May 31, 2006

Hi,

Sometimes I just need a change and buy a new keyboard, hoping it will take the boredom out of daily routine (something maybe in bright green...). Once though my two year-old daughter got a hold of my keyboard - they are not childproof!

Somebody asked about cleaning. There are mini keyboard vacuums available on the market.


Regards,
Melanie


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Fan Gao
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Good Question Timing! May 31, 2006

We have two computers. One desktop and one laptop. The desktop is pretty new and the keyboard is, in my opinion, the best keyboard I've ever used.

The laptop is another story! Only about two years old but it causes nothing but trouble. The internal fan gets blocked with dust etc and has to be taken in to get cleaned out every 3 months. On top of that the letter 'T' somehow detached itself a few weeks ago! I don't think I'm that heavy handed but I guess it is one of the most commonly used letters in the alphabet and had just had enough of its daily pounding!.

So it will off to the repairers yet again for its quarterly clean and I guess they'll have to replace the whole keyboard!

Mark


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Ricki Farn
Germany
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Picky, picky May 31, 2006

I have a really good keyboard, and keep the ones that "come with the computers" as spares for the case of spilled coffee. But I hardly ever break a keyboard - just let them dry

Actually I simply went to the local computer store and asked for "the best keyboard without geeky frills", and they knew exactly what I wanted.

Nicole, I love your idea of a trophy display. I would have quite a few mice (and trackballs) there by now, but few or no keyboards.

We shold run a poll next about how many of us use a "straight" keyboard and how many prefer an "ergonomic" one.


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Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
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Never!! May 31, 2006

It is quite hard to find a keyboard that has firm enough springs to stand up to my thrashing! I make masses of typos anyway (That's how - or why - I learnt to proof read ) And my fingers simply skate at random over the cheap keys.

A good IBM keyboard came with a company computer, and when the computer was scrapped (disk too small...) I was allowed to keep the keyboard! It has marks where my nails dig in near the delete key but it still serves me faithfully after more than 5 years.

My guru found another keyboard, same model, which had also outlasted its computer... So I have that as a reserve on my backup machine. I don't know how old it is!

Don't ask what will happen if or when these two keyboards give up! I try to take care of them and clean them regularly with the ordinary vacuum cleaner - it has a brush attachment for that sort of thing.



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