I cannot believe what I just did. Yes, kiddies, I popped off one of the keys of my Macbook.
I had been reading about it for quite a while, because I had been frustrated about how ugly and dirty the keyboard had become. I may love my country’s capital, but I surely hate the pollution.
Thankfully, I haven’t had an asthma attack or any other respiratory tract illness, but the pollution uglifying my appliances, like my computer, or my “air circulator,” just bugs me.
Reading about popping the Macbook’s keys off in these forums certainly seduced me to the thought before. But it was only now, when a bit of dirt (okay, a big bit of dirt) got under the “B” key, bugged me too much because it just disappeared before I could pick it off.
So I started pulling the “B” key up with my tweezers. Then after some mindless perseverance, I noticed… Gak! My “B” key is now lopsided!
No, I did not cry. But I decided that, “What the hell. I’m this far anyway..”
And I kept pulling up mindlessly.
I realized, the key was already off.
No crying yet.
But I did realize: the inside of the “B” key.. Is as sooty as under the hood of a car.
Now I think I was ready to cry.
But I didn’t. I was more fascinated with the realization that I finally popped off the key. I cleaned it the best I can, which was, ultimately, not clean enough, and I pressed it back in.
Voila, not much damage.
But the moral of the story for today’s misadventure is…
A toothbrush used to clean the edges of the keys would do a better job than going through all the trouble of popping your Macbook’s keys off. Seriously.
Just a tip for those who want to attempt my “brave deed”: when you press the keys back in, make sure to press the edges firmly, so that the keys won’t look lopsided.
Happy Macbook key-prying. :p