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…Old laptops are good for something?

Old Laptop

When a laptop ages, it’s easy to ponder a replacement for the outdated machine.

However, with some new software, outside the box thinking, or hardcore hacking, an old laptop can also take on a new life as a server, a photo frame, a backup, and more.

If you’re interested, Lifehacker’s got the guide to turn your old machine into a new toy, so check out the list to see what you can do with yours.

[Lifehacker – Give An Old Laptop New Life with Cheap (Or Free) Projects]

…It’s Movie Monday: Mobile Desktop?

Starbucks

Sure, Starbucks brings Wi-Fi to the masses, but most people who use it are either on a laptop or an iPhone.

What would happen then if Starbucks and their semi-public Wi-Fi had existed a few years ago?

Improv Everywhere wanted to find out, and decided to take a few old desktops complete with CRT monitors down to the local Starbucks and set up shop.

It’s a pretty funny idea, and the results are unexpected, so check out the Mobile Desktop:

[Improv Everywhere – Mobile Desktop]

[Starbucks]

…The manila folder is the new hot office accessory?

Good ideas often come in pairs.

Manila Case

For instance: Gizmodo loved the fact that Jobs decided to pull the MacBook Air out of a manila folder so much that they mocked up the Manila Case (with optional Red Kabbalah String) as the ultimate and equally overpriced accessory to your new AirBook.

AirMail

Not to be outdone, Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans created the AirMail, an actual laptop sleeve that will be handmade out of upholstery-grade vinyl and lined with fuzzy, soft fleece to give the appearance of a manila envelope with the protection of a sleeve.

Ahh Steve; everything you touch turns to gold.

[Gizmodo – Manila Case]

[AirMail]

…It’s Things Thursday: Causes Charity Gifts?

Causes Charity Gifts

While I don’t think I will ever understand why people spend $1 to send their friend a virtual Facebook gift, I do like the virtual gifts that Causes is selling.

With over 300,000 members, Causes is one of Facebook’s most popular applications. It allows users to donate to a good cause (any registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit or presidential campaign) and then encourage others to do the same.

To give back something somewhat tangible, Causes now allows you to give virtual charity gifts to your friends. Unlike Facebook’s gifts however, these aren’t just meaningless bitmaps.

Each Causes gift ranges from $10 to $200, and includes everything from a pair of blankets from the American Red Cross to an OLPC laptop from the OLPC Foundation.

The cost of the gift is the cost of the real world item, and each gift signifies an actual giving of that item to a real person.

It’s digital meets donation, and I dig the result.

[Facebook – Causes – Charity Gifts]

[Via: TechCrunch]

…GOSHone wants you to buy a laptop?

I have no idea what inspired GOSHone to create this video, but if it makes you want to buy a laptop, more power to him. Kinda reminds me of the Tea Partay guys, just without the huge corporate sponsorship. You Can Do Dat.

[Via: Gizmodo]