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Geek Comic for November 1st – The Broken Keyboard


Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 11/1/12

Comments (5)

  1. LadyFitzgerald

    Actually, it is broken for many people. Because of my ADD, I need those letters, even though I took typing in High School (almost half a century ago). Anymore now, all one can find are keyboards that use decals for the letters, etc. that wear off fairly quickly, unlike my first keyboard that lasted eight years with the letter intact.

  2. Dan Flak

    I don’t know. You use a keyboard for 8 years and you think the lettering would hold up. Sheesh!

  3. LadyFitzgerald

    That keyboard, a Gateway from back when Gateway still had their own stores, still had the lettering intact when I retired it. Every keyboard I’ve had since then hasn’t kept the lettering more than a year or two.

  4. gilteon

    @LadyFitzgerald, you could use a Dremel to carve letters into the keycaps, then fill the carvings with paint or putty. Alternatively, spraying the keycaps with an aerosol clearcoat would probably extend the wear time before the letters start to fade.

  5. LadyFitzgerald

    I could use a Dremel but my old, arthritic hands aren’t steady enough anymore. I tried brushing on various clear coatings but they all looked Mickey Mouse. Masking off the keys would be a nightmare.

    I just ordered a Logitech G110 lighted keyboard (picking it up later today). I defy those letters to wear through!

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