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Computer hacking takes on a whole new meaning when you're going at it with a screwdriver and hammer: announcing the most wildly inventive, eco-friendly craft book on repurposing everyday objects since Generation T. Except in this case the raw material isn't a T-shirt, but the stuff we all have lying around and have no idea what to do with, or even how to get rid of properl Computer hacking takes on a whole new meaning when you're going at it with a screwdriver and hammer: announcing the most wildly inventive, eco-friendly craft book on repurposing everyday objects since Generation T. Except in this case the raw material isn't a T-shirt, but the stuff we all have lying around and have no idea what to do with, or even how to get rid of properly—your old cell phone, a broken printer, irredeemable iPod, busted digital camera, mysterious thatches of cables and wires, orphaned keyboards, and of course, those dead PCs and laptops. Created by a Parsons design graduate who’s obsessed with navigating the intersection of art and technology, here are 62 ingenious projects that are irresistibly geek-chic. An iMac Terrarium—how cool is that? A laptop Digital Photo Frame. The impressively green Scanner Compost Bin. Plus a power strip Bird Feeder, Walkman Soap Dish, My First Squiggle Bot, Qwerty Hair Tie, Flat-screen Ant Farm. Each project has complete, step-by-step instructions, is rated by difficulty—in a thorough first chapter the author covers all the tools and skills needed to take apart electronics safely—and is arranged by use, from stuff for the house, to fashion, toys, arts and crafts, items for pets, and more.


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Computer hacking takes on a whole new meaning when you're going at it with a screwdriver and hammer: announcing the most wildly inventive, eco-friendly craft book on repurposing everyday objects since Generation T. Except in this case the raw material isn't a T-shirt, but the stuff we all have lying around and have no idea what to do with, or even how to get rid of properl Computer hacking takes on a whole new meaning when you're going at it with a screwdriver and hammer: announcing the most wildly inventive, eco-friendly craft book on repurposing everyday objects since Generation T. Except in this case the raw material isn't a T-shirt, but the stuff we all have lying around and have no idea what to do with, or even how to get rid of properly—your old cell phone, a broken printer, irredeemable iPod, busted digital camera, mysterious thatches of cables and wires, orphaned keyboards, and of course, those dead PCs and laptops. Created by a Parsons design graduate who’s obsessed with navigating the intersection of art and technology, here are 62 ingenious projects that are irresistibly geek-chic. An iMac Terrarium—how cool is that? A laptop Digital Photo Frame. The impressively green Scanner Compost Bin. Plus a power strip Bird Feeder, Walkman Soap Dish, My First Squiggle Bot, Qwerty Hair Tie, Flat-screen Ant Farm. Each project has complete, step-by-step instructions, is rated by difficulty—in a thorough first chapter the author covers all the tools and skills needed to take apart electronics safely—and is arranged by use, from stuff for the house, to fashion, toys, arts and crafts, items for pets, and more.

30 review for 62 Projects to Make with a Dead Computer: (And Other Discarded Electronics)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Susan Bewley

    As someone with tons of dead computers and electronics around, I couldn’t wait for this book to arrive. Inside this book there are so many fun projects, ranging from sewing projects to building your own furniture or musical instruments using dead or useless parts. While some of the projects are great for kids (or just outright silly), others are actually quite neat. Two of my personal favorite are building a DIY projector and making a scanner side table. As someone who loves doing crafts and bui As someone with tons of dead computers and electronics around, I couldn’t wait for this book to arrive. Inside this book there are so many fun projects, ranging from sewing projects to building your own furniture or musical instruments using dead or useless parts. While some of the projects are great for kids (or just outright silly), others are actually quite neat. Two of my personal favorite are building a DIY projector and making a scanner side table. As someone who loves doing crafts and building things, I personally thought 62 Projects to Make with a Dead Computer: (And Other Discarded Electronics) was a fun book, being perfect for DIYers of all skill levels.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    Interesting. Nice diagrams

  3. 4 out of 5

    Joe

    Eh. I really wanted to like this book. As a tech teacher at an elementary school I come across tons of dead technology and am always trying to figure out how to best reuse it. This book had some fun ideas, but wasn't quite what I was thinking. Lots of crafty useless art things (nothing against that type of stuff...just wasn't want I want/need) and "fashion" that was questionable. I also had a hard time valueing their instructions. I have converted four old iMacs into terrariums and it took much Eh. I really wanted to like this book. As a tech teacher at an elementary school I come across tons of dead technology and am always trying to figure out how to best reuse it. This book had some fun ideas, but wasn't quite what I was thinking. Lots of crafty useless art things (nothing against that type of stuff...just wasn't want I want/need) and "fashion" that was questionable. I also had a hard time valueing their instructions. I have converted four old iMacs into terrariums and it took much more work/effort to create than the 8 simple steps in this book suggest. I had to "teach" someone else how to do this recently and a much more comprehensive set of directions was necessary. That being said, I'll still give some of their ideas a shot...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Recco

    Very cool how-to book to use up old computer parts. Most of the projects are practical and fun. Some of the projects are clunky and sort of ugly, but so are computers, for the most part. It is really cool that you can make some nice things from old computer parts. It is good that the book starts with a thorough chapter on safety.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Peace

    I like the idea of this a lot, but I found most of the projects would be outside my capabilities, I didn't like a lot of them, and I was hoping more of them would be functional. It was cool to see how Sarafan makes all this stuff though. I like the idea of this a lot, but I found most of the projects would be outside my capabilities, I didn't like a lot of them, and I was hoping more of them would be functional. It was cool to see how Sarafan makes all this stuff though.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cara

    Lots of really cool projects in this book. It explains the techy parts pretty well. I don't have the patience to try this stuff at this time in my life, but for those with the curiosity to break open old computers and make new things from them, this book is perfect! Lots of really cool projects in this book. It explains the techy parts pretty well. I don't have the patience to try this stuff at this time in my life, but for those with the curiosity to break open old computers and make new things from them, this book is perfect!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Karen Tompert

    Very creative!

  8. 4 out of 5

    C

    Cute ideas. I like how the beginning describes the different parts of a computer, tools, and safety tips. Cannot wait to try and make some of the projects.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    Great Idea generator....

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rhea

  11. 5 out of 5

    Linda

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lesley

  13. 4 out of 5

    ReadingWench

  14. 4 out of 5

    Unohuiam Ruddle

  15. 5 out of 5

    Richele

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jenni

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mike Joyce

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Bower MLIS (gladeslibrarian)

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kendra

  20. 4 out of 5

    Hollis

  21. 5 out of 5

    Stewart Harbinson

  22. 5 out of 5

    A Young

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kristi Lindsey

  24. 5 out of 5

    Crystal

  25. 4 out of 5

    Matt

  26. 4 out of 5

    P Cooper

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Cornelius

  28. 4 out of 5

    Aryan Gupta

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kegan May

  30. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

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