A Mystery In My Keyboard

The keyboard on Beast is an ancient Fujitsu thing, built like a tank, nicely curved surface, and with reliable hysteresis and feedback. This morning I went to use it and the keyboard had lost its mind. Keys weren’t mapped. “Enter” didn’t work and it was unusable. I rebooted. No difference. I attached a USB-keyboard. Instantly, I was in control of Beast again. Shortly thereafter, I found a puddle of water on my desk where the old keyboard had been…

Therein lies the mystery. From whence came that water? The normal human event is water getting onto a keyboard from some careless human drinker. I am not careless. There was no glass or tumbler near the keyboard. I do have a drinking bottle off to the side but I don’t slobber and the bottle showed no leak. The amount of water was considerable, perhaps 30mL. It’s hard to imagine any accident that deposited that much water without being noticed by the depositor. I checked the ceiling for water leaks. None.

Further, the amount of water on the desk is not something one could ignore. It even invaded the mouse-pad. It must have come from the old keyboard when I moved it away to install the USB-keyboard. There must have been a quantity of water in the old keyboard waiting for a time to disrupt the keyboard and to pour out when the keyboard was moved. Close examination of the old keyboard revealed a dripping from one of the openings in the case. I really have no idea how the water got onto the keyboard without my noticing. I’m the only one who uses that keyboard and I’m the only one who came near it in the last 24 hours. It’s a mystery. I hope the keyboard recovers after drying. If it was our well-water, I have doubts. If it was divine distilled water, there is hope…

In the meantime, I’m using a cursed, flat, ugly, black plastic keyboard from Logitech. My typing speed is in the single digits…

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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