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My First Experience with “Dust-Off”
Sitting near my computer, I have a generic can of air that I occasionally use to keep pesky dust away from vital computer parts. It's become a routine task, and I don't think much of it. However, back in the 1980s, when I first encountered "Dust-Off," I was completely mesmerized by what I can only describe as magic in a can.
During that time, a computer store had just opened in our town, and my friends and I eagerly frequented the place, almost becoming mascots for the store's employees. One guy, in particular, went out of his way to show us the latest computer hardware and games. Little did I know that he would later become a teacher, guiding young minds like ours.
One day, he brought out a peculiar-looking can and told me it was meant for keeping computers clean. My initial assumption was that it was some kind of spray cleaner, and I didn't pay much attention. However, when he sprayed it into a nearby machine, the powerful hiss of air captured my full attention.
For the next hour, I couldn't tear my eyes away as he skillfully blasted away dust from various machines. He even let me have a go at it a couple of times, which was incredibly generous of him, even though I might have gone overboard with my enthusiasm. From that moment, blasting dust away with compressed air became an event I eagerly looked forward to. I would time my visits to the computer store in the mornings, just when the cleaning ritual took place.
If they had entrusted me with the can (which, in hindsight, they definitely shouldn't have), I would have gladly offered hours of free labor, as I found the act of eliminating those tiny particles of grime incredibly satisfying (and, truth be told, I still do).
So, if you happen to have a can of air near your desk, why not pick it up and give your computer a quick cleaning? Take a moment to remember the first time you experienced this seemingly magical stuff. For me, it was an unforgettable encounter, filled with wonder and excitement. I hope your first time was just as memorable, and if it wasn't, well, maybe it's time to make it a cherished memory!