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Disinfect Your Keyboard

Keyboards, particularly those shared by multiple people, harbor huge quantities of bacteria. If you want to reduce the chances of picking up your co-worker's cold, you can disinfect your keyboard with disinfecting wipes. To avoid damage to the keyboard, be sure to:

  • Unplug the keyboard before disinfecting it.
  • Squeeze out any excess liquids from the cloth to avoid liquid dripping into the keyboard.
  • Don't let any liquid from the wipe sit for long periods of time on the keyboard.
  • Don't scrub the keyboard, just lightly wipe down. Rubbing too hard leaves behind more lint.
  • Avoid cleansing cloths that contain bleach.

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Portable Battery Bye-Bye

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Owners of the discontinued Macintosh Portable will feel even more left out this fall, when Apple plans to remove the Macintosh Portable Battery from all of its price lists. The separate battery was intended for users who wanted the convenience of having an extra battery on hand for those long computing sessions away from any AC outlets. Of course, most users have found the single battery that came with their Portables to be sufficient for working several-hour stretches so long as they recharged the battery between work sessions.

If you have a Portable, and you've thought about investing in a spare battery, now is certainly the time; the 19-Oct-92 price lists will no longer include the item, dealers may be unable to get the batteries, and we have not yet run across a third party supplier of the batteries. We suspect that limited quantities will be made available to dealer service departments, in case a customer's battery needs to be replaced someday, but you may want to get yourself a spare just in case.

 

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