Sunday, November 16, 2008

Industrial Design and Liquid

  1. With the right tools, you can do anything. My family has fierce brand loyalty to Craftsman hand tools (as well as to Ford for pick-up trucks only and Remington for rifles -- and, of course, Apple for computers), so I'm closing in on the complete set of being able to disasseble or open anything. I even have that square-end screwdriver for opening up an Xbox or the windows in a modern, climate-controlled buildings. Go ahead, architects, give me an office with windows that "don't open except with a tool." I have tools. Bring it on. The Apple keyboard comes apart with a few hex socket screws and then about a zillion Phillips head screws.

  2. The all-mechanical part with the keys is mounted on a slab of plastic that seems to make a pretty effective barrier against liquid. There is nothing electronic at all in this part of the keyboard. This is probably why the keyboard still worked on Thursday night when it was wet. The soda had not yet found its way to the few small screw-holes in the plastic

  3. Tucked in the bottom of the keyboard is the circuitry. It's printed on layers of plastic film. The film fits together with all the electronic parts on the inside and nothing but plastic on the outside. This probably also helps keep it safe from mishaps with liquid. I noticed that all the non-working keys were on the same circuit (with no other keys on that circuit), and that this circuit was located near screw holes in the various layers of plastic. Also it had gunk on it. So I took a damp paper towel and dislodged the gunk. Right now the keyboard is drying near a heating vent.