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Damn straight, good soup has chewy bits
( well, tomato doesn't ( I grew up in S. Jersey - ever see a flat bed of bushel baskets of tomatoes going down the road? ))
Split pea & ham, chicken veg., c**k-a-leekie, even egg drop and sweet sour have bits. ( Note _I_ didn't censor "male fowl" that's auto-mangled.)
I make mine as Tomato and Chorizo, so it does have chewy bits!
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The space bar usually has a hinged wire, a hoop, at the underside with at least two guides near each end for steering the movement straight downwards, no matter where you press it. Are you quite certain that you have successfully gotten this wire properly into the guides? I have had keyboards where it certainly was not easy to get it in place!
On the other hand: Unless you want a super top rate keyboard (well ... I do ), they are so cheap nowadays that if it takes hours to get it to work, you hourly pay is quite poor, when the alternative is to buy a new one.
The space bar usually has a hinged wire, a hoop, at the underside with at least two guides near each end for steering the movement straight downwards, no matter where you press it. Are you quite certain that you have successfully gotten this wire properly into the guides?
Yeah, it does have the wire you mention, and I've tried to position it every way I could think of. I know how it won't go, because I've managed to get it so it wouldn't spring back up at all. I took it out of the guide altogether and re-inserted it multiple times...I feel that's what I'm missing. I can't quite get it back to where it should be going...?
It's a Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000. There's pictures, and even videos of it being disassembled. I can't quite see what I'm doing wrong...
they are so cheap nowadays that if it takes hours to get it to work, you hourly pay is quite poor, when the alternative is to buy a new one.
You're right. I still hate to throw away something that I know could easily be made to work...
I was teaching at a tech college in the days when not every student had a PC. So the college offered a hall full of fifty machines, available to all students. Frequently, the students had their lunch break by the PCs, or enjoyed all sorts of snacks.
There was a discussion among the IT maintenance guys which were worse: Coke, or yoghurt. Yoghurt spills ended up as being voted the most hated matter in the keyboards. The situation was so bad that we ended up pulling 'safe sex devices' over all the keyboards. Well, they were not plain safe sex devices, but models made for that specific use. I'll say that it might be difficult to tell the difference. They did prevent spreading of contamination, but were nevertheless hated by the students. (Again: Hard to tell the difference )
The students did get the message. So after some time we could remove the latex devices, and the students had learned to honor the 'No food, snacks or drinks in the PC hall'.
I once had a mechanical keyboard which just felt right. I kept that keyboard at work for over ten years. Every six months or so I brought it home, disassembled it including the keytops, cleaned it, and reassembled it. It finally developed an intermittent electrical problem in the board. I have a feeling there was a broken trace caused by the repeated disassembly. I gave up and grabbed a keyboard out of our lab.
Here at home I've used el cheapo keyboards for a long time. When the pandemic started and I was working from home full time, the keyboards started annoying me. I finally gave up and bought a Logitech K840 mechanical keyboard. It wasn't expensive - $65 at Best Buy. It's a full-width, standard layout, numeric keypad keyboard. Good tactile feedback without a whole lot of noise. Cleaning is easy as well, as the keys sit on top of a metal plate so I can just spray air through it. Excellent value for the money, considering I've seen mechanical keyboards for $300 or more.
The comments on both of those are (almost) worth the asking price.
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I already tend not to eat around my desk, although there have been exceptions. But never in my life has food ever been a problem around a keyboard.
I'll take a sip and stretch a can of Coke or other soft drink over an entire afternoon rather than finishing it off during lunch break, so "no drinks around the desk" becomes kind of impractical unless I stop drinking altogether.
As far as actually cleaning stuff like coke and coffee off electronics, I have two words for you: "Brake Cleaner" (read "universal solvent").
Generally with space bars, I tend to find the problem has less to do with the mechanical key press stuff than with the little metal balancing bracket thing that's also attached to the key, and somehow has to hook into the keyboard's base as well - many times, one of the anchor points for that isn't fully engaged, and that in turn throws off the whole thing...
Here's an out-of-the-box solution... buy a new one... a good quality wireless keyboard/mouse combo is less than $100. I know that's not nearly as fun as fixing it yourself and learning new things about DFM, but there are more challenging things to apply your curiosity to.
The problem with just buying a new one is that keyboard manufacturers all apparently can't help themselves from fiddling with the layout and adding various keys, and as a result no two keyboard models ever feel alike. Mine's no longer being manufactured, and I'm rather underwhelmed by what's currently being offered.
Same with mice: I had been using Microsoft's original Intellipoint for many, many years, and when my last one died, I spent literally years switching between various models every few months, and it's not until Microsoft reintroduced a "classic" version of that model that I could stop doing that. I learned my lesson and stocked up. I have spares sitting in a closet that, I hope, outlast me.
The same will happen with this keyboard. When I find a good replacement I like (and is still being manufactured), I'll be getting spares.
First, I am not rich enough to split my coke with anyone. I snort ALL of it myself.
Second of all, who drinks Tab anymore?
Ok, my dyslexia aside, the little levers on your spacebar are counter-intuitive, they may go the opposite of the way you think, or flop over when you put it in. Either a thin piece of cardstock (or two) is needed, or do it upside down if you are that coordinated.