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gbcb 06-11-10 04:01 AM

Wearing out the keys
 
After four years of typing, several of my black MacBook's keys are wearing away. Where there used to be an "E" there's now just a big white spot. Also going soon are "A", "S", "N", "O" and "C". After that, "I" will be next in line.

Based on the level of wear, I think my most frequently typed sentence has been "Canoes encase a noise." Or maybe "Cease! Canonise a nose."

I've never worn away the letters on a keyboard before. Do I get a prize?

Snicklefritz 06-11-10 06:18 AM

Yes you win a prize! you and me both. I wore out about 8 keys on my macbook quite a while ago and then had some of them replaced at the apply store. I know have a new keyboard that a friend installed for me and the a, s, and l keys are beginning to show some wear.

Do you play any musical instruments by chance?

StupidlyBrave 06-11-10 07:14 AM

This knowledge puts you at a distinct advantage when playing "Wheel of Fortune"




My advice, however, is to skip that.

skijor 06-11-10 07:31 AM

Replace them :D
http://hooleon.com/miva/graphics/000...0506-large.jpg

Siu Blue Wind 06-11-10 07:58 AM

*looks at keys*

Oh my.

SingingSabre 06-11-10 08:18 AM

Better to wear them out than gunk 'em up.

Jus' sayin'!

annc 06-11-10 09:43 AM

According to Wikipedia the English letter frequency is "ETAON RISHD LFCMU GYPWB VKXJQ Z" so your T should have worn out well before the S and C so it appears that most of your typing is not in English but probably in computerese (think select all, save, new, open, and copy).

gbcb 06-11-10 09:53 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Snicklefritz (Post 10946654)
Do you play any musical instruments by chance?

Yes, I do -- guitar (classical). Why do you ask?

Quote:

Originally Posted by annc (Post 10947526)
According to Wikipedia the English letter frequency is "ETAON RISHD LFCMU GYPWB VKXJQ Z" so your T should have worn out well before the S and C so it appears that most of your typing is not in English but probably in computerese (think select all, save, new, open, and copy).

Yeah, I'm a bit confused about the T's lack of wear....

gbcb 06-11-10 10:02 AM

I don't think it has anything to do with my long guitar fingernails... the long nails are on my right hand, but four of the six keys showing the most wear are on the left side of the keyboard.

Snicklefritz 06-11-10 02:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gbcb (Post 10947579)
Yes, I do -- guitar (classical). Why do you ask?

I play classical piano and tend to type as if I'm playing on a piano with a heavy action. I'm beginning to think the wear on my keyboard stems from that. I can also type 110 wpm with 95% accuracy even though I don't touch type. It's purely from all those finger exercises. lol.

CliftonGK1 06-11-10 02:29 PM

It's an online gambling addiction:

E-CASINO

StupidlyBrave 06-11-10 07:57 PM

^^


http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s...ics/ohsnap.gif

gbcb 06-13-10 11:49 PM

:lol:

jsharr 06-13-10 11:52 PM

I think he is typing to the person on the other end of the web cam. (looks at Pgaot)
No Can See Ass!

steve0257 06-14-10 04:11 PM

And some people prefer to have the letter preworn

http://www.thinkgeek.com/computing/keyboards-mice/8396/

Psydotek 06-14-10 10:14 PM

I had an old keyboard that I had worn out WASDFC. In fact, the letters were not just worn off, but the plastic was eroded with little ridges in them from my fingernail hitting them.

Caspar_s 06-16-10 05:22 PM

My wife is on her second keyboard like that. The spacebar also has a dent on it on one side, and the "hand rest" area of the keyboard is worn away - silver keyboard with a white area where it has worn through the plastic.

gitarzan 06-16-10 05:28 PM

You're probably typing on CF or Al. Everyone knows Steel Key caps are real.

norsehabanero 06-16-10 08:00 PM

my wife did on her dell

wfin2004 06-25-10 06:40 PM

You have been spelling "Sequoia" to much.

Only word I know of that has all five vowels.

TexasGuy 06-25-10 08:39 PM

asdnm are pretty badly faded
e and l are slightly as are the left and right arrow

Asi 06-25-10 08:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by wfin2004 (Post 11019985)
You have been spelling "Sequoia" to much.

Only word I know of that has all five vowels.

Here's more: EDUCATION
AUTOMOBILE
EVACUATION
REMUNERATION
REGULATION
MISBEHAVIOUR
AUTHORITIES
AUTHORIZE
AUTHENTICATION
PRECAUTION
MIRACULOUSNESS
MISDEMEANOUR
PREAMBULATION
AURIFEROUS
MENSURATION
TAMBOURINE
UNOSTENTATIOUS
UNOBJECTIONABLE
MULTIMILLIONAIRE
CONSEQUENTIAL
PRECARIOUS

My keyboard have the A C I L M T P faded out (in this order), in contrast Q K H J Z X Y are brand new. (it would have been included W also but wasd keys are used for more than typing ;) )
But I don't type in English often.


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