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I'm lucky, I sell enough books to allow me the opportunity to buy a new one, they're only $5-$10.  :hehe

I spend more than that on mine, being Logitech bluetooth with a mouse. And not those generic mac things either.

I tend to replace mine about every year or so.

Mainly because some of the keys have the letter worn off them.

Over time, I think I only once replaced one for spilling coke all over it. Cleaning it didn't work. But that was back in the 80's sometime. I learned the hard way not to spill drinks on keyboards.

I have taken some apart at times to clean dust and cat fur out of them though.

I did a purge of old keyboards earlier this year. I found eight of them stored away just in case I needed an emergency replacement.

And having recently just replaced 2 of them, those 2 are now the emergency replacements.
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I'm lucky, I sell enough books to allow me the opportunity to buy a new one, they're only $5-$10.  :hehe
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If your keyboard is part of a laptop, I wouldn't do it.  I would think that would help seal in the heat and pose a problem for the longevity of the keyboard.

As for regular keyboards, I think an actual keyboard cover would probably be best.

If you do spill something on your keyboard, assuming it's a modern USB device that can be unplugged without shutting the computer down first, unplug the keyboard right away.  If it is wireless, remove the batteries.  Turn it upside-down over paper towels and let the liquid come out.  For best results, disassemble the keyboard and wash the parts.  For the actual board, wash with distilled water or isopropyl alcohol.  If you spilled soda, coffee, juice or anything that might be sticky, give it a good rinse.  Check the keys to make sure any residue is gone.  Let dry thoroughly before attempting to use it again.

My father has a habit of spilling coffee on his keyboards.  I've saved a number of them.  But, also, some have been cheap and haven't recovered.  Fortunately, he's not ruined the temporary keyboards I've given him during drying periods.
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I started wrapping cling film round my keyboard after I read about someone accidently squirting orange juice on theirs and ruining the keyboard. Other people have had problems after crumbs have got lodged in the keys, and the letters can eventually fade after constant use. There was also an article about the amount of bacteria found on keyboards, so if you share one it might be a good idea to wrap it and regularly renew it.  Grin
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Last post by Vijaya on August 23, 2022, 01:31:32 AM »
Ah, new beginnings! A friend of mine has a parrot that loves nibbling on champagne grapes.
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Last post by Jan Hurst-Nicholson on August 22, 2022, 07:52:07 PM »
I laughed when my partner said he was going to plant a grape seed to see if it would grow. Grapes do not grow in KZN. The Cape is the grape growing area. Undaunted, he put a few seeds in a plastic container with some damp padding and soil.
We now have the beginning of a vineyard  Grin

Can a glass of wine be far behind?

 :icon_mrgreen: :icon_mrgreen:
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Last post by Maggie Ann on August 22, 2022, 11:43:53 AM »
I laughed when my partner said he was going to plant a grape seed to see if it would grow. Grapes do not grow in KZN. The Cape is the grape growing area. Undaunted, he put a few seeds in a plastic container with some damp padding and soil.
We now have the beginning of a vineyard  Grin

Can a glass of wine be far behind?
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Last post by Jan Hurst-Nicholson on August 22, 2022, 04:40:19 AM »
I laughed when my partner said he was going to plant a grape seed to see if it would grow. Grapes do not grow in KZN. The Cape is the grape growing area. Undaunted, he put a few seeds in a plastic container with some damp padding and soil.
We now have the beginning of a vineyard  Grin
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: Silly Spammers
« Last post by David VanDyke on August 19, 2022, 08:21:42 AM »
You could have it auto-load a payment form where they have to pay you a small amount of money. Say, $5.

You could say that you will refund the money to (whoever) if it's legit. Something like that. So truly legit people might be willing to do so, with the promised refund. But scammers rely on volume and that might deter them. Or you get $5.

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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: Silly Spammers
« Last post by Post-Crisis D on August 16, 2022, 06:49:20 AM »
Well, it hasn't eliminated spam on that contact page, but it has dropped it from about 4 or 5 daily to 1 or 2 every couple days.

:shrug
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