Online Start-Up Entrepreneur’s Keyboard

Anne Giles Clelland's keyboard


Anne Giles Clelland, whose keyboard is pictured above, is the president of Handshake Media, Incorporated, a digital public relations agency and VT KnowledgeWorks member company.  Handshake Media, Incorporated specializes in online public relations and marketing for companies seeking national and international clients and partners.

Emphasis on online.

Yes, the coating on the touch pad is worn through.  Yes, those are tea stains. Yes, the colon key fell right off the day before yesterday.  Will the key snap back on?  I don't know.  I've been too busy typing to find out.


Added 7:07 AM:  I was asked by a reader, "Why the colon key?  Why was that the one that broke?"


That broke it.

Online?  Links in and links out matter.  I broke it making what matters.


VT KnowledgeWorks is a unique growth enhancement program open to entrepreneurs in the New River Valley of Virginia and beyond.  Acceleration center and incubation facilities are located in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center in Blacksburg, Virginia

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  1. Wally Newton says:

    Here is what NOT to do.

    I once took my vacuum cleaner and ran the compressed nozzle over the laptop keyboard thinking that was a good way to get the gunk from around the keys, and would actually get rid of the gunk instead of just blowing it elsewhere with compressed air. I think it worked well…. Up to a point

    However, it also removed the top of a key, just like you show. The suction from a compressed head vacuum cleaner was too much for the key on a 2+ year old laptop to stand.

    About 5 minutes later, out in the yard, a bit frustrated by the dust in my face from cutting open the dust bag and thrashing around to find the key top, I got it. A very small drop of glue was just enough to reattach, but the key forever after wobbled a bit, but was otherwise OK.

    Bottom line: Don’t over think ways to get rid of gunk. And air moved in opposite directions can have unintended results.

    BTW, my HP laptop left mouse key, evidently is underutilized relative to yours.

  2. I laughed and laughed Wally! Thank you so much for sharing this!

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