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...here's a "potential" glitch area-maybe- I have not seen addressed. I was cleaning out my keyboard, and had it disassembled. well....WHAT'S ALL THEM CHIPPY LOOKIN THINGS IN THERE? I have not seen this question addressed or answered anyplace. I mean, with all this emphasis on the computers and the software, here's this innocent looking take it for granted thing we all use. I raised the question before, just trying again, techno-hacks. Thanks! zog the most curious.......

-- zog (zzoggy@yahoo.com), November 06, 1999


OK here's a simplistic answer:

count the keys on your keyboard. How many are there ? Probably over 100. Now, do you see over 100 wires coming out of your keyboard ? No ? Well that's what the 'chippy things' are there for, to create 'scancodes' for each of the keys, and to work the LEDS !

And no before you ask, I don't expect any compliance problems with keyboards, the biggest problem at New Year will probably be spilt drinks !

-- a programmer (a@programmer.com), November 06, 1999.

If zig and zag are left and right, is zog up?

-- snooze button (alarmclock_2000@yahoo.com), November 06, 1999.

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