We’ll buy 50 for the office

My current keyboard, an IBM Model M, is now old enough to vote — its 18th birthday was last October — and I have no plans to replace it.

And if I ever have to, I want one of these:

Just had an idea. To make cleaning keyboards easier they should come with crumb trays that you can pull out to clean, like a toaster.

The price, of course, would be higher, but think how long they might last.


  1. fillyjonk »

    2 February 2009 · 2:41 pm

    Or maybe a self-cleaning option, like an oven? Where you would disconnect the board, put it somewhere non-flammable, flip the switch, and immolate all the crumbs?

    Maybe not such a great idea; I could see the switches getting flipped inadvertently and causing all kinds of mayhem.

    I eat lunch at my desk so I regularly have to pick up and shake the keyboard.

  2. Venomous Kate »

    2 February 2009 · 3:49 pm

    I don’t care what my next keyboard is, so long as it comes with a hawt male secretary who’ll take dictation.

  3. Mark Alger »

    2 February 2009 · 4:30 pm

    Why not just make it so the crumbs fall through? Pierce the circuit board or something. Every once in a while, you lift the keyboard up and blow. Or brush. Or whatever.


  4. Tatyana »

    2 February 2009 · 4:42 pm

    …and a filter for spilled coffee..

  5. Mel »

    2 February 2009 · 5:29 pm

    The Model M typing this comment will turn 18 in November …

  6. fillyjonk »

    2 February 2009 · 5:56 pm

    Or maybe have a built in vacuum, with a crumb-catcher bag on the side of the board: flip the switch, the thing whirs a little, and then you take the bag off and dump the crumbs in the trash.

    Really, that would not be that hard to make, one would think.

  7. McGehee »

    2 February 2009 · 7:39 pm

    Meh. There’ll be virtual keyboards that won’t catch crumbs in the first place. You touch-type on a projection on the actual surface of your desk.

    Of course, the odd errant Cheeto would go from potential keyboard pollutant to typo generator, but that’s what backspace is for.

  8. Ed Flinn »

    2 February 2009 · 7:43 pm

    What I like best about the older IBM keyboards is that they stay put when you type. The 3277 keyboard, I’ll admit, carries that benefit too far.

  9. Heather D. »

    2 February 2009 · 7:43 pm

    As far as virtual keyboards go, this seems to be a winner….

  10. CGHill »

    2 February 2009 · 8:00 pm

    Have you seen my desk? More unnaturally-shaped woodgrain than in an entire model year’s worth of Buicks. And I’m gonna project keys onto it?

  11. McGehee »

    3 February 2009 · 7:54 am

    Heather, that looks like the one I was thinking of, but I couldn’t remember whether it was on the market yet.

    Chaz, I guess a blotter makes sense even in the extremely unlikely event of a paperless office.

  12. Mel »

    3 February 2009 · 10:40 am

    McGehee … you have no idea how “extremely unlikely” it is for that office to go paperless.

    Thanks for the laugh though!

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