Funny how these things go : after moving into our new appartment I was able to get a desk out again - an opportunity to set up a desktop computer like I hadn't had in years ! However, lack of money was an issue until my trusty laptop, after a trip to Germany with a colleague and a team of teenagers to meet with young Berliners, started giving signs of wear for the use it was intended for. Inspired by this article from Lifehacker
and the fact that I couldn't afford to buy a new desktop computer, I decided to get to work and set up an under-desk system - something made possible by the fact that my laptop came with a remote control that, among other things, allows one to turn it on and off !
Word of Warning
This Instructable is by far the biggest, in terms of difficulty, I made so far. The procedure will change depending on the laptop you own and involves tools. Take the time to read the maintenance guide for your laptop, all the steps in this Instructable, and familiarize yourself with all the tools needed before deciding whether you want to go through with this mod or not !
Also, there's been a whole lot of occasions where I almost broke my laptop while dismantling it, so make sure to be much much more careful than me ! And now without further ado...