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591 comments

Wiped out by a virulent disease from unsanitary KB (5, Funny)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203509)

The clever golgafrinchans who stayed behind were wiped out by a disease caught from an unsanitary telephone. Does this study suggest we're on a similar path (unless we begin training keyboard sanitizers) or is it possible they are helping keep out immune systems regularly tested by the evils which lurk beneath the h, j, k and l keys.

Re:Wiped out by a virulent disease from unsanitary (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12203618)

You could always clean it in the dishwasher [rabidhardware.net] ...

Re:Wiped out by a virulent disease from unsanitary (1)

afd8856 (700296) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203630)

don't forget about the lethal combination: shift + 2

Re:Wiped out by a virulent disease from unsanitary (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12203646)

Well, you know what they say: Those who don't learn from the past are doomed to repeat it. In this case, the repetition seems to be happening about once every 2 million years [bbc.co.uk] ...

Re:Wiped out by a virulent disease from unsanitary (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12203733)

Don't you mean the p,o,r and n keys?

Re:Wiped out by a virulent disease from unsanitary (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12203740)

By analogy, it would have to be the Europeans who'd get wiped out ...

Re:Wiped out by a virulent disease from unsanitary (1)

Shkuey (609361) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203756)

You know I've been considering mailing in some keyboards from around the office for biological testing. To all you filthy engineers* out there, the IT staff occasionally may have to use that keyboard... try not to drool on it, or use it as a plate, or whatever the hell you guys do to get it so rancid.

*or anyone else, really, it just happens to be engineers around this office

Re:Wiped out by a virulent disease from unsanitary (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12203767)

Let's not forget about mice...although you can train yourself to (as a righty) use the left hand while ehhhh..."talking on the phone and writing numbers"...It gets annoyting after a while...
and most people have poor hand washing habits.

I often get weirded out when I'm fixing someone's computer and the crud makes the letters on the KB illegible.... Now using latex gloves while fixing computers sounds like a good plan. You'll look stupid but at least I won't catch herpes or chlamidia removing GATOR entries!

Re:Wiped out by a virulent disease from unsanitary (1)

bcmm (768152) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203790)

You mean j, k, l, ;

Where are your home keys then?

Easy one: Wash it! (5, Interesting)

MPHellwig (847067) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203510)

Perhaps using a keyboard you can clean the "normal" way would help:
http://www.icintracom.com/merchant.ihtml?pid=4564& lastcatid=119&step=4 [icintracom.com]

Now don't say that they couldn't have thought of it too (I mean that, don't say it).

Re:Easy one: Wash it! (1)

FatalTourist (633757) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203565)

You can clean a normal keyboard the "normal" way as well. Just make sure it's good and dry before you plug it in again.*

*Poster is not responsible for loss of computer equipment, life, etc.

Re:Easy one: Wash it! (1)

El (94934) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203576)

Perhaps using a keyboard you can clean the "normal" way You mean this keyboard will survive autoclaving? Somehow I don't think so...

Or, use a virtual keyboard... (4, Informative)

ites (600337) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203641)

Project this onto an untreated wooden surface, you have zero bugs and nothing to clean:

http://www.expansys.com/product.asp?code=118539

Re:Or, use a virtual keyboard... (1)

Brushfireb (635997) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203755)

Bugs cant survive on wood?

Re:Easy one: Wash it! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12203775)

You /.ed the vendor... Notice the sign that says out of stock.

Wait, the descriptions says it is compatible with only Windows 98SE/2000/Me/XP; therefore, you couldn't have /.ed it. This doesn't make any sense. Oh!! err!! uh lost carr;lkjsdaf.....

This is why I don't touch mine (4, Funny)

0racle (667029) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203514)

I'm far too scared to type.

Re:This is why I don't touch mine (1)

DonServo (727377) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203543)

Been using those new brain implants to control your PC, eh?

Re:This is why I don't touch mine (2, Funny)

pinchhazard (728983) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203768)

Been using those new brain implants to control your PC, eh?

No, you just copy and paste each letter you need from some other document. You get lucky and find the whole word you need sometimes.

Sweet.

The touchstream is the perfect solution (4, Interesting)

John Meacham (1112) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203521)

http://fingerworks.com/

I have one, you can clean the entire surface with windex or lysol. It uses E-field sensing so does not have the drawbacks of membrane keyboards and in fact has many advantages over regular keyboards.

Re:The touchstream is the perfect solution (4, Interesting)

Quasar1999 (520073) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203601)

I, like many others, do touch typing... so I need tactile feedback.

Re:The touchstream is the perfect solution (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12203688)

This post was touch-typed on a Touchstream keyboard. Granted, it takes some getting used to, but it can be done.

Re:The touchstream is the perfect solution (1)

FortKnox (169099) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203690)

Yes... a perfect solution for anyone willing to shell out >$300 for a keyboard....

Re:The touchstream is the perfect solution (2, Informative)

buserror (115301) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203784)

Yeah Fingerworks. I touch type too, and I go pretty fast in the TouchStream (but heck, I have it for 2 years now). Not only that, but I no longer have to move my hand to mouse and back..
Oh, and the cursor key gestures. JUST for the cursor key gestures, I'd sacrifice *anything*. Hmm ok that and the programmer's keypad (drop 4 fingers of the left hand, and the right surface keys become "handy" things you'd have to reach and/or shift for, like != , {}_,-> etc)
Ok it IS expensive, but looking at it, it's an investment.
And yeah, the surfaces are near-indestructible & easy to keep clean, the only possible problem is the ribbon cable between the two parts, and thats only if you bend it a lot while travelling etc.

Grant $$$ (5, Funny)

yotto (590067) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203522)

...research noted that there is a lot of computer use in hospitals...

I wonder how much grant money they got for that one.

Plastic cover (5, Informative)

kdark1701 (791894) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203525)

They could put a plastic cover over the keyboard, with molds for each of hte keys, and spray/wipe that plastic cover with bleach every now and then.

Re:Plastic cover (5, Funny)

Lispy (136512) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203585)

"with molds for each of hte keys"

Bu then again, this could lead to typos...

Re:Plastic cover (2, Interesting)

zev1983 (792397) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203597)

How about just disposing of the plastic cover and getting a new one after a set period of time. Like surgical gloves for computer use.

Re:Plastic cover (2, Insightful)

the real darkskye (723822) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203721)

Or why not just wear surgical gloves while typing?

Re:Plastic cover (1, Insightful)

AviLazar (741826) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203786)

I think the problem comes from the person using surgical gloves, touches something that comes in contact with the patient then touches the computer. Imagine if the patient had AIDs/HIV, and the nurse who had gloves touches the keyboard. Would you want to be the next patient in line - when the nurse touches the keyboard and then touches you? A good keyboard cover that can be immersed in amonia (or whatever cleaners the hospital uses) should do the trick. After each case they spray the keyboard just like they spray everything else in there that cannot be autoclaved or disposed of.

What about... (2, Insightful)

Frogmum (778954) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203527)

on screen keyboards?

I don't worry. (1)

OmgTEHMATRICKS (836103) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203530)

The only germs on my keyboard are my own. Although, I suppose this gives brothers and sisters of the future a reason to stay away from their sibling(s') keyboard: Keyboard Cooties

Damnit! (1)

FortKnox (169099) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203534)

I've been figured out! I guess I'll have to go with plan B... hiding my superbacteria in the folds of fat old IT drones.....

That is NOT what they found! (5, Informative)

BrakesForElves (806095) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203535)

By saying "keyboards harbor bacteria and super-germs" in the present tense, "harbor" means that keyboards right now contain super-germs. That is a crock, and a gross mis-characterization of what the study found. In the study, they _innoculated_ keyboards with "super germs", then found how long the germs could live. So the headline ought to read more like "bacteria and super-germs can survive on keyboards for 24 hours or more". Rob---

Re:That is NOT what they found! (3, Insightful)

gammygator (820041) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203731)

Furthermore, having worked for a hospital, IMHO it is most likely the hospital that harbors the "super germs". Keyboards are just another medium by which these "super germs" propagate.

I seem to remember something in orientation about certain germs and bacteria only existing in a hospital... something to do with the environment being hostile to everything but the strongest bugs.

Nice work, Gary (5, Informative)

TripMaster Monkey (862126) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203538)

Quotes from the article:

"The difficulty with keyboards is you can't pour bleach on them," Dr. Allison McGeer, an infection control specialist from Toronto's Mount Sinai Hospital, tells The Canadian Press. "They don't work so well when you do that.''

"Keyboards will never be completely sterile," Noskin advises. "There are always going to be bugs there."


This is the most ridiculous piece of non-news I've seen in a while. This so-called 'researcher', Dr. Gary Noskins, needs to research Google for some sealed keyboards.

These keyboards have been in use for quite a while...durable, washable, and yes, they can be sterilized.
Links here [industrial...sure.co.uk] and here [inducomp.com] just for starters.

Mabye I should mail Dr.Noskin my findings...mabye I can publish a study of my own.

Re:Nice work, Gary (1)

EnderWiggnz (39214) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203647)

and how much more expensive are those keyboards over whatever-the-cheapest-crap-from-china-is-today.

i have a hard time believing that for-profit hospitals are about to spend NEMA-like rates for computer equipment to be more bacteria resistant,

Re:Nice work, Gary (3, Informative)

exp(pi*sqrt(163)) (613870) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203717)

Spillproof keyboards are $20-$30 - you could pour Lysol over them without doing damage. And flexible silicone keyboards are the same - I don't know how washable they are but I'd guess 'very'.

Can't pour bleach on them? (4, Funny)

mrjb (547783) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203716)

HA! Just watch me! I'll pour any damn liquid on there I want! There, doone! Anmd itttttttttttttttt sssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssstuiuiuil ll wwwwrrks perrdfgdfgctttttttttttttttttttttttlllyy!@@@#@@@

I see bugs (2, Funny)

michelcultivo (524114) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203539)

It's well explained why a lot of bugs in software that are "unebuggable".

How are they hard to clean? (1)

Imaginator (860100) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203544)

Computer keyboards are easy to clean, just stick it in the dishwasher, it works fine afterwards.

Re:How are they hard to clean? (3, Funny)

virid (34014) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203710)

THANKS ALOT!!! My laptop is ruined!!!

Plastic has this problem... (5, Informative)

ites (600337) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203545)

Nice surface for bugs, grease and moisture hangs around for ages.

Wood is what you need. Dries out the bugs in no time at all.

I've seen wooden keyboards but they are horrendously expensive. Sigh.

The motto is: don't share your keyboard, and when you go to a cybercafe, wash your hands afterwards, and don't pick your nose.

Sterilizing Keyboards (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12203548)

I work in a research lab, and the way we clean keyboards is by using compressed air to blow out the dust and dirt, then spraying them with 70% ethanol to remove organics. After the ethanol, they airdry pretty quick, and at the very least, we *think* they're clean. :)

I had real bugs living in my MS Natural Keyboard (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12203550)

Dismantled to clean after I noticed a cracking sound on the "X" through "B" keys. When I opened it up I found several tiny larvae curled around the plastic contact points.

Re:I had real bugs living in my MS Natural Keyboar (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12203696)

It was made by Microsoft - what do you expect?!

Sounds like a moneymaker to me! (1)

mikewren420 (264173) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203551)

1) Develop a touchpad keyboard that mimics the key travel of traditional keyboards but can easily be sterilized.

2) Pitch to the medical community

3) Profit!

Maybe what we need (4, Insightful)

arodland (127775) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203555)

Is a more lightweight, disposable version of those plastic keyboard covers. It would be a membrane thin and flexible enough that it wouldn't interfere with your typing, but which could be thrown out at the end of the day. It would also, conveniently, protect your keyboard from wayward food particles and corrosive finger oils.

I can only assume that if making such a thing were easy it would have been done by now.

First Post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12203561)

Support the jihad go here [slashdot.org]

My immune system getting stronger and stronger... (4, Interesting)

helioquake (841463) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203564)

I don't know about you, but I'd get my daily dose of bacteria from my keyboard and keep my immune system up and ready to fight off.

hand washing/cleaning (2, Interesting)

puck01 (207782) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203567)

Properly hand washing/cleaning alleviate this problem. The hospitals I work at are setup with hand cleaner all over the place so its nearly impossible to forget.

Re:hand washing/cleaning (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12203723)

I second that. Doctors are a fucking disgrace. If you're in hospital they'll come over to you from some other patient without washing their hands, and if you ask them to they get very huffy. That's probably why I'm still getting jaw pain from a botched wisdom tooth operation eight years ago. Bastards.

Dishwashers (1)

wschalle (790478) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203569)

Keyboards go through dish washers just fine. Also, H202 would probably do the trick. Or even alcohol.

Re:Dishwashers (1)

mrjb (547783) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203759)

I tried a 5% alcohol solution once. Didn't work too well, big trouble. Rinsing it with water, opening it up and blowdrying it got it back to life though.

Re:Dishwashers (1)

laejoh (648921) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203766)

OB Simpsons [apathy.net]

To alcohol! The cause of and solution to all of life's problems!!!

Ugh (1)

phaetonic (621542) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203570)

The internet definetly perpetuates my self-diagnosed OCD ... at least the hand sanitizer gel I keep next to my workstations have more of a basis for being there.

Disposable Keyboards? (1)

vandrad (853436) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203571)

Keyboards are so cheap nowadays that hospitals could easily change them every 24-72 hours....and somehow get away with billing it to patients' health insurance.

Umm *cough* Protein... (4, Funny)

DarkHelmet (120004) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203575)

I bet all that "protein" that lands on the keyboards of many of us slashdotters are helping those strains out, don't you think?

Re:Umm *cough* Protein... (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12203715)

It's not how it lands there that's the problem; it's the people licking it off afterwards.

alternative input... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12203577)

How about alternative means of input? like touchscreens or tablets, maybe even speech recognition...

its romantic (1)

vidalsasoon (555891) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203582)

WASD holds my unborn children.

Literal bugs (3, Funny)

tehshen (794722) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203587)

I've had real live bugs living in my keyboard before - I guess it's a warm and snug place for them to live. I was happily tapping away one day, when this cockroach-type thing crawled out from under the Z key. Luckily, they didn't attack any of the wiring, but it was scary nonetheless.

Re:Literal bugs (1)

yotto (590067) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203765)

...this cockroach-type thing crawled out from under the Z key.

I am /so/ cleaning my keyboard when I get home.

Re:Literal bugs (1)

tehshen (794722) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203781)

Don't type first! It'll be angry, and attack you!

I for one welcome ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12203588)

...our keyboards harbor bacteria overlords.

Just use cheap keyboards and mice (1)

Flounder (42112) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203593)

Clean them with bleach or germicide, replace when no longer functional.

Do what I do... (5, Funny)

Danimoth (852665) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203595)

Only type with one hand, half the germs, twice the fun.

Laser keyboard (3, Interesting)

op12 (830015) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203604)

A solution like the laser keyboard [engadget.com] could be ideal for the situation, though it will be a while before the cost comes down. Since it projects onto a surface, the table/counter could be cleaned easily.

Study... (5, Informative)

Virtual Karma (862416) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203606)

Here is what one study has to say :

According to the study, from researchers at the University of Arizona, phones have up to 25,127 germs per square inch, keyboards 3,295 per square inch and computer mice 1,676 per square inch.

source here [enquirer.com]

Uh huh (2, Informative)

Auckerman (223266) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203607)

While I can understand a concern for this in hospitals where peoples immune systems are already comprimised, for the rest of this, this should be irrelevent.

Living in a purely sterile enviroment weaks your immune system. Our bodies require a "tainted" enviroment. While we don't need to be "dirty" all the time, if make sure everything is always clean, don't be surprised when that flu lasts a month.

Re:Uh huh (1)

op12 (830015) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203680)

IANADoctor, but it would seem to me that the sterile environment means you have less antibodies, meaning you are more susceptible to getting sick more often, but that it will not change how long said illness will last. It's just less likely that you have the antibodies for the germs you come into contact with.

Re:Uh huh (1)

eln (21727) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203709)

Exactly. The whole world, everything you touch, and even your own body, is full of all sorts of germs. Some help you, some hurt you. It seems to me that the more people get paranoid about sanitizing everything, the more often people get sick. There's a commercial for some antibacterial wipes that shows a mother wiping down her kid's toys everytime the child so much as sneezes. That kid is destined to grow up with a chronic cold, and probably asthma and allergies.

Your immune system must have things to fight off, or it will become ineffective. I swear, people are becoming so obsessed with sterility that soon we'll all live in a completely sterile environment, until one day someone accidentally opens the door and we're all killed by the common cold.

Keyboard-eating bugs next (2, Funny)

Frumious Wombat (845680) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203612)

Semiseriously, if something has evolved that 'prefers' keyboards as an appropriate environment (lots of nooks and crannies in the plastic, frequent and multiple hosts stopping by, etc), how long before something decides that keyboards are a good ecological niche, and starts eating them?

This not entirely frivolous, as we have microbes that can metabolism halohydrocarbons, and fungus capable of etching glass is a disturbingly common problem for photographers. You could get a flesh-eating bacteria from the keyboard, and it would get a plastic-eating superbug from you.

Seems only fair.

Blackberries too... (1)

Grrr (16449) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203613)

... according to the article. (And cell phones ? This could get interesting.)

The bacteria they're most worried about don't usually exist outside of hospitals.

Cue jokes referring to one-handed web surfing.

<grrr>

What I do with my keyboard... (4, Insightful)

WIAKywbfatw (307557) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203614)

Take it apart and clean it every six months or so.

Unscrew what can be unscrewed, and lever the keys off with a screwdriver. Clean the under-key area as well as everywhere else with some window cleaner (or whatever solvent you have around) and clean the keys one-by-one in warm, soapy water. Then let everything dry (a hair dryer set on a cool setting can speed things up with the main part of the keyboard) and put everything back together again.

By the way, if you're unable to put together a keyboard layout from memory, I suggest taking a couple of quick pictures of your keyboard with a digital camera - at least that way you won't be left wondering which key goes where.

Re:What I do with my keyboard... (1)

qwijibo (101731) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203704)

No cheating!

If you can't figure out what keys go where by pressing them, you need to leave your keyboard disassembled for the good of mankind.

I'm using this - (1)

Progman3K (515744) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203635)


http://www.thinkgeek.com/computing/input/5a7f/

Since the whole thing is sealed, I can put it in the dishwasher if I want.

Although the keycaps have had a tendancy to wear off... I wish they made them some way that they didn't.

There's worse. (1)

Tuxedo Jack (648130) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203636)

Try an elementary school. Kids there deposit all kinds of crap into it - hair, boogers, spilled milk, dead roaches, et cetera - and ninety-nine percent of the time, the techs can't clean them all out. Hell, I only cracked open the keyboards and mice (and cases, for that matter) last year (300 machines), and I was astounded at what was in it, especially since they'd not been cleaned since we got them (and some are still P1 machines).

Time to bring back membrane keyboards? (1)

thisissilly (676875) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203637)

If this is truely a problem, I'd suggest bringing in membrane keyboards with disposable plastic slip covers, which could be changed daily. Sure it would suck to type on. But it would solve the problem.

Time for... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12203639)

Time for the ZX81 & Atari 400 to make a comeback !

Heh (2, Informative)

cavemanf16 (303184) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203643)

It's suprising that the article didn't even mention that keyboards exist like this one [thinkgeek.com] would eliminate the "difficult to sterilize" problem since the entire keyboard CAN be dipped in a cleaning solution without any adverse affects to the keyboard components.

Re:Heh (1)

MikeFM (12491) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203732)

I like those keyboards anyway. Spill proof, easily portable, etc. Great for busy enviroments with lots of cross-contamination.

Teaching basic handwashing wouldn't hurt either. I was my hands before and after usign a keyboard, after bathroom trips, after eatting, and whenever I just feel the need.

Haven't "keyboard condoms" been around for years? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12203645)

Like this...

http://www.compucover.com/KS_Info.html

Germ-a-phobes (1)

geek_xyu (814278) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203651)

I guess Elaines' boss on Seinfeld did have something to worry about.. I'd have to imagine keyboards are still much safer than most curancy? Imagine when you are using a keyboard you are touching everything that anyone else who has used that keyboard before has touched.. I guess it isn't as scary if it isn't applied to sex. But you have to think about it, it could be pretty gross..

Study finds living on Earth can lead to death (3, Funny)

scupper (687418) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203655)

The NIH's National Institute of The Obvious and Yet Overlooked released their findings today of a study that found living on the planet Earth can lead to death, and a variety of illnesses and disorders. The study recommends to avoid the risk of life, one shold look into the practices of "shut-ins" and has also set up a non-profit to help distribute the film "Boy in a Bubble".

Plastic covers? (1)

La Camiseta (59684) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203661)

They haven't yet learned about those thick plastic covers that you put on the keyboards? seems to me that you could dunk it in bleach with that on. We used to have those on every keyboard back when I worked at an auto shop during high school.

projected keyboards (1)

drunken dash (804404) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203671)

They should use a projected keyboard, like the Canesta Keyboard [canesta.com] , which projects the image of a keyboard onto a flat surface, and detects your fingers as they "type".

Everybody knows how to clean a flat surface effectively.

We OCD/Germophobes are way ahead of you. (2, Insightful)

Slightly Askew (638918) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203675)

This [compucover.com] is a must.

These [cloroxdisi...gwipes.com] rock at the office, too.

I swear it sounds like a TB ward here at least twice a year.

...and the paper? (1)

utexaspunk (527541) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203678)

and all the paper shuffling that the computer systems are (supposedly) replacing wasn't a significant vector for disease transmission?

how about we get some waterproof, sterilizable tablet PC's for the doctors/nurses? ...or is handwriting recognition for doctors an impossibility? :)

A solution (3, Informative)

AviLazar (741826) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203695)

Man I should be a high priced consultant.

Here is a what a quick Froogle search came up with.

Keyboard Condom [hooleon.com]

Keyboard Kondoms! (1)

kiick (102190) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203697)

Another million dollar idea given away for free. Just be sure to put my name on the patent.

Wash them (1)

Doesn't_Comment_Code (692510) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203698)

Why not use encased, plastic keyboards in hospitals? They are already on the market. They are pretty cheap. And they have a smooth surface that you can wipe clean (no nooks or crannies).

I've also heard rumors that you can put most keyboards through a dish washer. So you could probably sell rebranded dishwashers to the medical industry for $10,000 a pop in the wake of this news.

You do know (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12203713)

it's "surprise", right?

Damn (2, Funny)

Tebriel (192168) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203729)

My computer has bugs, my keyboard has bugs...what's next, a monitor bug?

Blame Pamela Anderson ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12203736)

She's what stuck keys are made of.

not hard to sterilize a keyboard. (4, Informative)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203758)

we did it all the time in the microbiology lab.

we had "water resistant" keyboards so simply slipping one in a large ziplock and then ploping it in the autoclave would do the trick in 60 minutes.

Some brands did not survive the 250 degrees temperature peak and hold, but others did, and the slow pressure increase with the sudden pressure drop kills ANY bug. I dont care how "super" the pathogen is, an autoclave will kill it.

funny part is that keyboards do not last past 5 runs in the device. something about all that heat does bad things to the plastic. but Cherry keyboards were able to survive at least 3 runs.

and yes, we tested it. No bugs after wiping with a sterile swab and trying to incubate it for 48 hours.

Ultraviolet (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12203763)

The article just mentioned bacteria. They can kill that off with ultraviolet light. Maybe even change the layout slightly, and put a source inside the keypad area.

Sealed keyboard (1)

c0d3h4x0r (604141) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203774)

Someone just needs to invent a keyboard that is completely sealed. Not only would this prevent things like crumbs, dust, and hair from getting inside the keyboard and fouling it up, but it means you could just submerge the whole dang thing in alcohol or run it through the dishwasher to clean it. Sounds like hospitals and certain other environments would buy something like that right up.

WOW (1)

first.last (751698) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203780)

I had no idea sperm contained germs and super viruses.

If they stopped using.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12203785)

...Windows and migrated to Linux then they'd find all their superbugs disappeared.

Model M (1)

pete-classic (75983) | more than 9 years ago | (#12203792)

This is a problem easily solved with a model M and a dishwasher.

-Peter
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