It’s inevitable, your computer either breaking or getting outdated, but that doesn’t mean you have to throw it out. We’ve rounded up ten of the funniest alternate uses for these old machines and their peripherals. Continue reading to see them all.
If all mailboxes were designed by geeks, they’d probably involve computers and the machine above is a prime example. This Mac mailbox not only looks sleek, but features a locking door to keep your mail safe from prying eyes.
9. Ping Pong Paddle
Sure, you could obviously use any laptop as a ping pong paddle without damaging it — unless you’re using a lead ball or something else that could potentially cause bodily harm — but it’s a good alternative for those drunken games you’re bound to have.
Why settle for being just the life of the party, when the computer that you just replaced last week could join in on the fun? This kegerator mod may not be the easiest of projects for beginners, but it is definitely a conversation piece nonetheless.
7. Bread Container
Keeping your bread somewhat fresh just got a lot geekier, thanks to this gutted printer. To keep your bread really fresh, we recommend sealing off the interior so no air can get in, otherwise, you’ll just end up with stale bread in a few days.
6. Trash Bin
CRT monitors can be a pain to dispose of, especially since they can weigh up to 50-pounds or more, depending on the size. Here’s a solution: remove all the electronics inside, line the interior with a plastic bag, and use it as a trash bin.
If you’re seriously in desperate need for a dustpan, and only have a non-functioning, non-repairable laptop sitting around. There’s always the option of using it as a dustpan, or at least the display side of it – wrapping the top half in Saran Wrap may keep the bits of dust from getting into the cracks.
4. Herb Garden
Keeping any keyboard, even functioning ones, clean is a near-impossible task. So, a good and Eco-friendly alternate use would be to transform one into an herb garden. One caveat: reusing it as a garden may be a pain since you may have to remove all the keys before starting fresh.
3. Toilet Paper Dispenser
Some old computers, like the Mac above for example, have an integrated disc slot that is perfect for dispensing toilet paper. However, we do advise that you first find a waist height table, as reaching for the ground may get tedious after a while.
2. Nut Cracker
Let’s face it, there are some nuts that just require a cracker to open, and your broken laptop just might be the solution. As you can see above, this person decided to try it out on walnuts. We definitely recommend testing your cracking skills on something easier to crack, like peanuts, first.
Staring at fishes swimming around in an aquarium made from a monitor is probably one of the most relaxing things a geek can do, though it may take an older model to actually build one that has enough room for all the decorative pieces too.