[John Norstad is an influential Macintosh programmer, having developed the once-ubiquitous anti-virus program Disinfectant (now retired) and spurred early Macintosh Internet client development with programs like NewsWatcher. Johns currently a systems engineer in Northwestern University's Emerging Technologies group.] (Nov-98)
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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