How Dirty and Gross Is Your Tech Gear?

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I was working on my 24-inch iMac today when I noticed my cursor moving a little bit erratically. I didn't know what was wrong. The computer is almost new, I haven't installed anything recently, and the mouse itself looked ok, as you can see in the photo above. Then I turned it around to discover the true meaning of the words disgoostingly grossirrific:

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Obviously, the reason my table is so clean is because the mouse has been absorbing all the crap around—hair, dust, sweat and more hair—to form these four disgusting patches interconnected with head hair. Check the gallery for high definition pictures showing all the crap in painful detail.

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Illustration for article titled How Dirty and Gross Is Your Tech Gear?
Illustration for article titled How Dirty and Gross Is Your Tech Gear?

After cleaning it, the mouse worked perfectly again, so my guess is that some of the hairs were getting in the way of the laser and making the cursor jump. This got me wondering: can anyone else's mouse be as disgusting as this? What about the rest of their tech gear?

And then I remembered the dead fly inside the clear plastic Apple Cinema Display 22. And the dust and hair inside the original translucent iMacs. And the rotten beigeness and crap on the keyboard of my original Compaq LTE laptop or the stains and ash on Addy's old Fukitsu (sic) mini-notebook.

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The question for you today is: is your keyboard full of hair of dubious origins? Bitten nails perhaps? Any unidentifiable insect inside your box? How dirty and gross is your tech gear?

Send us your vomit-inducing photos to tips@gizmodo.com. We will do a gallery with them and post it (with prior warning, so that anyone of a faint disposition can avoid it like the plague.)

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Aye, fabric mousepad will help. I have naturally supple and moist skin (which is unusual for the climate I live in), and I get occasional buildups of keyboard plaque on keys and mouse buttons. I have found that alcohol swabs are wonderful for keeping the plaque at bay. Once a month keeps everything clean and plaque-free. I imagine that if you smear gobs of sweet-smelling grease all over your hands a few times a day, swabbing a couple times a month might be necessary.