I hemmed and hawed and overshopped for months before spending a couple of bucks on a refurb Das Keyboard. It is a sturdy keyboard, no doubt, and I was really enjoying it. And then one night I splashed some beer into it while podcast recording. It appeared to kill a couple of the switches and gum up a couple of others. It was a bummer. I took the keyboard apart to clean what I could, but if didn’t make a difference. The non-responsive keys remained non-responsive, even after a couple of days of drying out.

I kept the keycaps I pulled and put the whole thing off to the side to try to figure something out.

The internet suggested that there was no way to bring it back. Any liquid that got to the switched would end up causing corrosion in the underlying board.

Today, after probably six months of looking at the loose keycaps and lamenting the loss, I plugged the old horse in to see if maybe it just needed to dry up completely. And now it works! The left Shift key is still a little sluggish, but I am more than capable of powering through that.

Now I need to unlearn all of the Windows-keyboard habits I had picked up. It’s a little weird having a proper Command key.