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Old October 29 2009, 04:40 AM   #16
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Re: Keyboard Optical Illusion

I witnessed the ALT+F4 trick many times in the old days playing Empire Earth online. As shameful as it is to admit, I also fell for it once.

Upon reading the original post, I just realized how much junk was in my keyboard... and subsequently emptied a whole bunch of loot out of it onto my just-cleaned-with-pledge desk.

I am entirely guilty of sitting at the computer watching movies/TV shows and eating crackers at the same time, and I never realized how many of them were going under the keys.
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Old October 29 2009, 06:00 AM   #17
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I love XKCD. Brilliant site.
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Old October 29 2009, 07:10 AM   #18
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Re: Keyboard Optical Illusion

OK...on the subject of dirty keyboards, what's the quickest (CHEAP) way to clean one out without prying up the keys? Mine has reached the stage of ungodly.
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Old October 29 2009, 07:16 AM   #19
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Re: Keyboard Optical Illusion

For those of us non-Windows users - what does Alt-F4 do?

Nerys: You might try a small vacuum, like a dustbuster or something. Or perhaps a duster would work. I dunno, my keyboard is very flat (the only kind that my hands don't hurt when I use!) so it doesn't collect a lot of stuff. It's a keyboard I highly recommend, by the way.
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Old October 29 2009, 07:39 AM   #20
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Re: Keyboard Optical Illusion

Nerys Dukat wrote: View Post
OK...on the subject of dirty keyboards, what's the quickest (CHEAP) way to clean one out without prying up the keys? Mine has reached the stage of ungodly.
A can of compressed air usually does the trick for me, unearthing all sorts of random debris.
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Old October 29 2009, 08:19 AM   #21
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Re: Keyboard Optical Illusion

Mr. Laser Beam wrote: View Post
For those of us non-Windows users - what does Alt-F4 do?
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Kills the window that currently has focus.
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Old October 29 2009, 08:41 AM   #22
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Re: Keyboard Optical Illusion

Indeed. It's basically command + w for Windows.
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Old October 29 2009, 07:09 PM   #23
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Ctrl + W closes the window, too.

And I may have to try the compressed-air thing...don't own a dustbuster so that's probably cheaper.
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Old October 29 2009, 07:14 PM   #24
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Re: Keyboard Optical Illusion

I used CTRL + W to close tabs a lot in firefox.
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Old October 29 2009, 08:25 PM   #25
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ALT-TAB would be a harmless trick - "Hey, how did I end up here?"
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