May 25, 2003 9:15 PM   Subscribe

How clean is your computer?
posted by dg (22 comments total)
If you want me, I will be in the toilet with my sandwich.
posted by dg at 9:19 PM on May 25, 2003

The study was funded by a company who sell (sic) disinfecting wipes.
posted by jaden at 9:52 PM on May 25, 2003

This is a serious issue, dg...that's why I like to be protected.
posted by madamjujujive at 10:08 PM on May 25, 2003

It's all that filthy Internet's fault.
posted by cryosis at 10:44 PM on May 25, 2003

I know this for certain : A blacklight and some Luminol would turn the immediate area around my computer into something akin to a Lazer Floyd show.

God bless the internet.

And Japan.
posted by dong_resin at 11:25 PM on May 25, 2003

The exclamation point - an invaluable tool for legitimate journalists everywhere.
posted by mmcg at 12:17 AM on May 26, 2003

Hey, cool photo of quonsar, madamjujujive!
posted by dg at 12:23 AM on May 26, 2003

It stands to reason. Has anyone tried cleaning out the crud from under their keys recently. Blurgh...

I knew we shouldn't have sent all those telephone sanitisers to Golgafrichia.
posted by GrahamVM at 12:57 AM on May 26, 2003

Yeah, my computer is pretty clean; Window, Cold Cathode Blue light, ribbon cables rounded... yep, pretty clean.

XP 1800 Oc'ed to 2400+, 512mb DDR 333, 128MB GF4 Ti4200 Oc'ed to 4400 specs, 100GB WD HD, 3com 10/100Mb, 420Watt Vantec power supply, 19 inch sony trinitron monitor (that I found in a dumpster!!!!)

Yup. Pretty clean.
posted by Keyser Soze at 3:21 AM on May 26, 2003

I'm planning on raising portobello mushrooms on my keyboard.
posted by alumshubby at 3:56 AM on May 26, 2003

You're better off eating your lunch off the toilet seat rather than at your desk according to an alarming new study!

Alarming because it's rampant donkey-bollocks?
posted by Pretty_Generic at 5:03 AM on May 26, 2003

This is ridiculous and it is only the case for very public computers anyway. I personally prevent other people from accessing my keyboard and mouse and should my prevention fail- I wash both very thoroughly. I also wash them regularly just in case. I do the same with my monitor but it isn't for sanitation: I simply hate people that touch the screen and leave prints all over it. It drives me up the wall.
posted by crazy finger at 6:22 AM on May 26, 2003

And to think, people scoffed at the iLoo. Dammit, Microsoft was just trying to promote healthier surfing!
posted by filmgoerjuan at 6:42 AM on May 26, 2003

A bit of dirt is good for you - keeps your immune system fighting-fit.
posted by Blue Stone at 7:34 AM on May 26, 2003

Yes, who needs fresh air and exercise. This explains why I'm always tired and slugish, it's a workout being at the computer.
posted by stbalbach at 7:47 AM on May 26, 2003

I said your immune system not you physically, you cheeky monkey.
posted by Blue Stone at 7:53 AM on May 26, 2003

You're better off eating your lunch off the toilet seat rather than at your desk

maybe your toilet seat, not mine. i'm afraid to even sit on my toilet seat; i think it's evolved.
posted by poopy at 8:23 AM on May 26, 2003

Your telephone heads the list as the number 1 home for office germs

So it's back to email after all.
posted by konolia at 9:05 AM on May 26, 2003

and to think, I used to laugh at the "telephone cleaning patrol" that came to our office once a week and cleaned all the mouthpieces - I chalked that up to Dutch weirdness, until my Dutch colleague pointed out how sane that policy was.
posted by dabitch at 1:07 PM on May 26, 2003

It's fun though how restaraunts are all like "your skin cannot touch the food! it will be infected with your germs!" when just by opening the door they've come into contact with EVERYONE'S germs.

We did a section on bacteria in biology. I remember what my teacher said was actually very smart -- by the end of the unit, we'd either be thoroughly obsessive and freaked out at EVERYTHING or we'd realize bacteria are everywhere and there's not much to do about it, so why worry?
posted by dagnyscott at 6:52 PM on May 26, 2003

This is why I rinse down my keyboard with dilute alcohol on a regular basis.

Well, on a semi-regular basis, anyway.
posted by yhbc at 7:40 PM on May 26, 2003

yhbc, dribbling your scotch and dry is not the same thing as rinsing down your keyboard with dilute alcohol.
posted by dg at 9:12 PM on May 26, 2003

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