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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-11-03 05:50
Subject: [cancer] Do not operate heavy machinery
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Tags:cancer, funny, healh, tech
When on chemo, do not operate heavy machinery. Such as a tea mug.

Yesterday, [info]mlerules was here at Nuevo Rancho Lake helping me With Stuff, and she made me a mug of hot chamomille tea with honey. Chemo brain put it down on the first available flat surface, which happened to be the touchpad of my MacBook Pro.

The damned thing hasn't worked right since. I've essentially shorted out my mousing surface until the condensation inside the case dries out, which makes doing anything on this computer a real nightmare. Hence the somewhat abbreviated Link Salad this morning.

It's not like I haven't had this exact problem before. Last summer, while staying at a friend's house, their cat got on my lap while I was using the computer and groomed my fingers and thumb so excessively that I unthinkingly got cat spittle all over the touchpad. It took the better part of a week to dry out from that. Having learned from that, you'd think I'd be smarter.

Of such small indignities is the world made. In the mean time, perhaps I need a touchpad cosy.

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madrobins
User: madrobins
Date: 2011-11-03 14:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
With far less excuse, I have done the exact same thing. Courage.
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sophielandon
User: sophielandon
Date: 2011-11-03 15:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Would a mouse work as a temporary accommodation?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-11-03 16:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Finally dug an old mouse out. Meanwhile the touchpad is constantly activating, which means windows are flickering and scrolling randomly.
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Kari Sperring
User: la_marquise_de_
Date: 2011-11-03 17:31 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I could embroider you one of those. What are your preferred colours?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-11-03 17:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Heh. Gosh, bright clashy things, I am thinking. :)
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Kari Sperring
User: la_marquise_de_
Date: 2011-11-03 21:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I can do that! Pink and orange, here we go! (Roughly what size is the touchpad?)
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-11-03 21:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
3x5 inches(ish)?
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Kari Sperring
User: la_marquise_de_
Date: 2011-11-03 21:17 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Excellent. I shall get stitching!
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Kari Sperring
User: la_marquise_de_
Date: 2011-11-04 12:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thank you. I shall start stitching!
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Karen
User: klwilliams
Date: 2011-11-03 18:57 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I once was a contractor at a drug company, and one day I was late to a meeting. I strode along the hallway, holding my cup of hot tea, which in the nature of hot tea borne by a swiftly moving person was swirling around in the cup, reaching closer and closer to the rim. And of course the hot tea swirled over the rim onto my hand, thus scalding it. I dropped the cup on the floor, and as I was right outside the health center for the company went in to get an ice pack. Since it was a drug company, they are required to report hand injuries, and take hand injury reports, so I had to answer the question "Was the employee trained in the use of the equipment?" Apparently I need better training in the use of tea mugs.
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Gary Emenitove
User: garyomaha
Date: 2011-11-04 11:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
My first reaction, not being an engineer, is "Why aren't those touchpads more waterproof?" No doubt it has something to do with how the things work in the first place, but still.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-11-04 12:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Waterproofing isn't exactly the issue. It's condensation on the circuit board inside the case. And since a MacBook Pro case is a sealed, unibody case, once the condensation gets in there, there's not enough air circulation for it to dry out quickly.

Or, frankly, even slowly.
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Gary Emenitove
User: garyomaha
Date: 2011-11-04 21:27 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Water...condensation...I told you I wasn't an engineer. How about drilling some holes in the case to provide air circulation? (Hey, that's a PC solution.)
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Jay Lake: signs-next_services
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-11-04 21:29 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:signs-next_services
How about drilling some holes in the case to provide air circulation?

Then it wouldn't be waterproof anymore...
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Gary Emenitove
User: garyomaha
Date: 2011-11-05 00:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Clearly, you'd need an air filter. Or would that be a water filter?
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