Dark Day in Computer Land

Today I spilled some tea on my beloved Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 and now it no longer works. Sigh.

This is when I realized for the first time that my absolutely awesome Dell Dimension 9200 does not include any PS/2 ports and offers only USB ports for peripherals. Of course the 4000 is the only USB keyboard I’ve ever owned so my stash of retired keyboards was of no use. It took me a while to remember that I had never even looked at the keyboard that Dell shipped and thankfully it is a USB keyboard. Of course now I’m condemned to this miserable excuse for a keyboard.

My non-geek friends must think I’m odd but I guess only a geek/programmer would understand the attachment one forms with a keyboard.  :)

© 2007 Kenny Kerr

Published Thursday, February 15, 2007 6:50 PM by KennyKerr


# re: Dark Day in Computer Land

Thursday, February 15, 2007 8:40 PM by Aaron

With time your keyboard will work again. It probably just needs to dry out.  I have spilt coffee and juice on my keyboards.  the keys stick alittle.

# re: Dark Day in Computer Land

Thursday, February 15, 2007 9:46 PM by KennyKerr

You see what I mean: whichever way you look at it, us geeks are passionate about our keyboards.  :)

Stuart: Yes, that’s the one, although this is a slightly newer revision with silver trim and even more backlit buttons. I guess you either love it or you hate it.

I loved the classic Dell keyboards, the cream colored ones, but I can’t stand the new black keyboards they make these days – they just feel so unnatural.

# re: Dark Day in Computer Land

Thursday, February 15, 2007 10:12 PM by Ari Glaizel

I personally hate split keyboards Kenny. I have no idea how twisting your hands 80 degrees is 'natural'. So as far as I'm concerned, suck it up princess and use a real keyboard. :)

Keytronic keyboards are great, Logitech as well makes good keyboards as long as you avoid the silly media keyboards. I actually don't like any keyboards from Microsoft, surprisingly enough.

# re: Dark Day in Computer Land

Thursday, February 15, 2007 11:34 PM by KennyKerr

jon: I’m with you man – I can’t stand that stupid f-lock system. That’s about the only thing I don’t like about the Microsoft 4000 keyboard.

Ari: what you failed to mention is that you’re a sucker for Microsoft mice.  :)

# re: Dark Day in Computer Land

Friday, February 16, 2007 5:11 AM by Paul M. Watson

Oh those Microsoft keyboards are nice, especially the split ergonomic natural jobs. I miss mine a bit but when I started working here the pain of switching between it and other computers became too much.

So now it is the keyboard on a Mac Book Pro which has turned out better than expected.

# re: Dark Day in Computer Land

Monday, February 19, 2007 10:21 AM by Ty

Running your keyboard through the top rack of the dishwasher face down does wonders for them.  It's amazing how dirty they can get in just a little time.


# re: Dark Day in Computer Land

Friday, February 23, 2007 12:43 AM by Ashley Visagie


If you had a name for your keyboard then I would really be concerned.  My cheerfully obsolete computer is (informally) known as "Big Bertha" to me - and no, the keyboard does not have a name!

Ah, I'm such a geek ;-)