New year's resolution: A clean Mac
Posted 01 January 2013 - 08:18 AM
Blowing dust from the inside of electronics reminds me of when I did so for a 25 old college radio transmitter.
I was the only one in a city block sized building at 4AM Sunday morning. The transmitter was like a giant 8 foot tall refrigerator or gym locker on the top story. When I attempted to turn the transmitter back on, there was a lightning bolt like flash in front of me. The dust was acting as insulation for the cracked wires.
That was one of those incidents where one is too scared to be scared so it was exciting.
Posted 01 January 2013 - 10:13 AM
Posted 01 January 2013 - 12:24 PM
If you have one of those new Apple aluminum keyboards, you are out of luck. I killed one dead with the recommended cleaning routine. Some keys came back to life after drying it for a few days, but not all.
Those aluminum keyboards were always a bad idea. I have switched since them to a Logitech DiNovo for Mac --best idea I ever had.
Posted 01 January 2013 - 02:08 PM
Once in a while, I clean my Apple aluminum keyboard with a damp sponge. It does a good job and I'm very happy with the Apple aluminum keyboard.
Posted 01 January 2013 - 02:41 PM
Posted 01 January 2013 - 04:13 PM
never had a problem with i until today. Oh well.
Posted 01 January 2013 - 07:43 PM
Using a lint-free, microfibre cloth is the only way to go to clean anything on a computer, tablet, smartphone, etc. and slightly damp can be helpful, while SOME of the cleaning agents sold in stores are useful as long as they don't leave a residue.
Even the light drop of dish detergent is iffy, unless it is a VERY light drop on a very clean lint-free cloth.
And regular cleaning is obviously much better than waiting for many months/years and then having to SCRUB, especially screens, to get any muck off.
Alcohol ruins your screens, as does using your breath on them, much like using your breath to clean your eyeglasses actually slowly takes off any special coatings you paid many bucks for. Use a proper cleaning fluid, not rubbing alcohol, and a lint-free microfibre cloth (or preferably, just the cloth), and you're good to go.
Keep a few microfibre cloths handy and use them daily and you should be good to go.
Posted 02 January 2013 - 05:43 AM
My 27 inch iMac shipped with dust between the glass and display, and like the article says i thought it was a dead pixel. I thought I'd have to send the giant thing back until I realized it was dust and a simple piece of plastic could get the glass off.