Water and Keyboards

Today’s special tip is to not get water onto your aluminum Apple Keyboard.

You might think that a bit of water on your keyboard isn’t that bad and it should dry out rather quickly and when it has it will start to work again. That’s what I believed until yesterday when I accidentally spilled a bit of water on my Apple Keyboard. Not a lot of water, just a bit. Enough to make parts of it wet enough that I had to get some paper to dry it up.

I wiped it as dry as possible and figured I could continue using it. However, shortly thereafter I realized that the arrow down button didn’t work, which can be quite annoying if you are writing code!

So I removed the arrow down key and used some more paper to dry the water that was under it. Now all of a sudden when I pressed the arrow down button it started to report arrow up button presses, in a constant stream. That is even worse!

I pulled the plug to the keyboard from the computer, fiddled some more with the stuff underneath the arrow down button and got it to stop doing whatever it was doing. Next I noticed the command-m is working but command-n is not working. The ‘n’ key on its own is working though. I can’t understand that! The ‘n’ key is working and the command key is working, but when used together nothing happens.

I let the keyboard dry out upside down over night but this morning it was still acting up. Then I put it under a warm lamp and now command-n is working again! Arrow down worked once before it stopped working again. So things are improving! With a bit of luck the keyboard might be start to work again after lunch.

These new aluminum keyboards from Apple are glued together, so there is no possibility to take them apart. So whatever you do, don’t get any liquid on your keyboard!

Update: Leaving the keyboard for another few hours under the hot lamp fixed the problem!

T-Mobile Accidentally Posts Secret iPhone 3G S Specs

The relevant numbers are 256MB RAM for the OS, double that of the 128MB in the original iPhone, and a 600MHz processor, up from the pedestrian 412MHz of the first two models. The added RAM alone probably makes a huge difference — if you have ever added memory to a Mac you’ll know how much OS X loves it some extra gigs to play around in. And that processor neatly leapfrogs the second-gen iPod Touch’s 532MHz. It also shuts up anyone comparing the iPhone to the Palm Pre, which has the exact same number of megahertz: 600.

T-Mobile Accidentally Posts Secret iPhone 3G S Specs | Gadget Lab | Wired.com

I dag börjar Telenor sälja Iphone

Från och med i dag går det att välja mellan olika operatörer när man köper en Iphone i Sverige. Telenor har börjat sälja Apples telefon.

Iphone 3g finns nu tillgänglig via Telenor. Företaget kommer att sälja telefonen ihop med tre olika abonnemang med månadsavgifter mellan 469 och 599 kronor. Då ingår mellan 299 och 499 kronor per månad att ringa och sms:a för.

I dag börjar Telenor sälja Iphone – IDG.se

Apple invites media to sneak peek of iPhone 3.0 on March 17 – Ars Technica


Apple has just sent out invitations to a special media event on March 17. The invite-only event is geared towards the new iPhone SDK, Apple says, and will give the media a “sneak peek” at the iPhone OS 3.0 software. The event will apparently be an intimate one, as it will take place at Apple’s Town Hall building in Cupertino at 10am Pacific Time.

Apple invites media to sneak peek of iPhone 3.0 on March 17 – Ars Technica

Hopefully we’ll get to see the notification service Apple has promised but never delivered. A new spring board might also be in order now when people use a lots more applications.

On Tuesday we’ll know.

AirPort Extreme – Like Two Base Stations in One

Apple stuck two radios in its latest AirPort Extreme Base Station and Time Capsule models, while keeping prices the same.

via TidBITS Networking: AirPort Extreme, Time Capsule: Like Two Base Stations in One.

I’m just about to buy a new wireless base station so this is great news!

Naturally I have a mix of old 802.11g and new 802.11n equipped hardware at home, so I had thought I would need to keep the old base station around to serve the less capable machines, but now I don’t have to. That means I save both space and electricity.

OS X on a MSI Wind NetBook

Last week I got myself a MSI Wind laptop. It’s one of the new small and light laptops that people call netbooks.

My old and trusty Powerbook G4 needed to be replaced and I wanted something easy to carry around the house and bring with me on trips. Naturally I was looking at the new unibody MacBook but even if they are gorgeous and I’m envious of my brother who has one, it’s rather expensive. Don’t get me wrong. I think OS X is the best operating system around and I love Apple designed hardware. However, I already have a MacBook Pro from work that I can use for all the programs that need more computing power so I only need something to keep my personal things on. Buying a new MacBook just for that felt like a waste of money.

The MSI Wind is plenty fast enough for most things and the price is just a third of that of a new MacBook, so for me the decision was easy.

Saturday afternoon I installed OS X on my Wind by following the instructions from the linsec.ca blog. The first problem I got was that I had downloaded the latest version of OSX86Tools which was version 150. Using that version I had no success booting my Wind from the external USB drive containing the restored MSIwindosx.iso image. As soon as I went back to version 149 of OSX86Tools it started to work.

After installing OS X the screen resolution on the Wind was wrong. I fixed that by downloding and installing GMA950.pkg.zip and then rebooting. I’m not sure why this step is needed but I had to do it to get the proper 1024×600 resolution.

My U100 version of the Wind contains a Ralink wireless card which I got to work by downloading the latest drivers from their site.

I upgraded to OS X 10.5.6 through Software Update and after restarting I had, as expected, no working keyboard nor mouse and the resolution was back to 800×600. I attached a keyboard and mouse through USB and followed the instructions from the linsec.ca blog. After another reboot I had working keyboard and mouse again, but I had to reinstall the GMA950 package and reboot to get back to 1024×600.

All in all it was a rather painless install and now I have a truly portable OS X laptop!

Update: To get the “dead key” left of the ‘z’ key to work follow the instructions under the “Phase 4 Some minor things…” header here. Follow the instructions in this thread at InsanelyMac to install another driver for the touchpad so you can disable tap to click.