Instructables recently ran a dead computer contest, to find the highest and best use for these essential yet quickly aging digital companions of ours. If you think you’re old in dog years then try to figure your age in microprocessor years. Fortunately Moore’s Law doesn’t govern human obsolescence.
Some of those projects I thought were clever, and some are funny, so I’m linking them here for your reading pleasure. By the way, while the entry period is closed I believe voting is still open in the contest, so go vote if you feel inclined.
Bring that antique into the modern era…
gmjhowe has taken an antique Apple Macintosh from 1984 and updated it to run the latest OS X. No amazing software tricks here, just a complete transplant of a modern dual core motherboard into a gutted Apple case. It has some nice touches like placing a sheet of acrylic on the face of the original monitor, heating it with a heat gun until pliable, and shaping it to match the curve of the CRT. This replaces the CRT while maintaining the look, and allows an LCD panel to be mounted behind it.
A used PC power supply was partly disassembled to allow the power cord socket to be placed in the original location. The motherboard, hard drive, and other components are mounted to sheets of styrene which are cut to match the original mounting hardware inside the case. The slot on the front now hosts two USB ports and an SD card reader. There are more USB ports on the back, cleverly placed inside the original D sub connector shields.
Finally this modern classic receives some internal fans to keep it all cool, although I wonder if removing the CRT compensates for the increased heat of the more modern components, possibly allowing it to remain passively cooled? It certainly doesn’t hurt to add the fans though. All in all a topnotch conversion, I would say.
Mac accessories for the reading room.
The Apple iWipe was posted in 2005, so isn’t actually part of the dead computer contest, however it cracked me up. Hopefully the MacGeeks in the audience won’t be offended.
In the same vein, less scatalogical, and actually entered in the dead computer contest, is the Apple G4 Cube tissue dispenser (iSneeze? iGesundheit?).
On and on…
There are lots more fun things to do with Macs, like iPlanters, Macquariums, Mac-O-Lanterns, and most obviously building a corral for your tortoise. Lots more funny ideas at the contest, some of which don’t involve Apples, and some of which have some good gadget appeal and will probably show up in a future eipsode of Gadget Freak. Until then I remain,
Mockingly Mac-ingly yours,