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Interesting things to do with this old computer? Answered

Just wondering if there are any interesting things to do with an old computer like this?
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gimmelotsarobots
gimmelotsarobots

12 years ago

Christmas light controller? Or use it strictly as a programmer.

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westfw
westfw

12 years ago

I have one that looks a lot like that, right down to the amber hercules monitor. I don't want to throw it away because it has a bit of (obscure) historical significance. 286 cpu, 1M memory, 40MB hard drive. Sigh.

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Rishnai
Rishnai

12 years ago

Use it as a centerpiece on the dining room table. It should go great with the taxidermied marmot.

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Darkseid
Darkseid

Reply 12 years ago

.....Hmmmm.....Interesting.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

Along with that idea, you could have it play itself in Pong or Pacman continuously LOL *waba-waba-waba-waba-waba-waba-waba-waba*

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Rishnai
Rishnai

Reply 12 years ago

Ambient lighting!

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

with (rather repetitive) background music too ! LOL

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PKM
PKM

12 years ago

The new guts idea is simple but charming. Alternatively, find the smallest set of components you can (a Gumstix or Nano-ITX board, an EEEPC etc), and fill the rest of the case with cans of tuna. Then when anyone asks why you have such a big case for a tiny computer you can say "to make room for the tuna!" If you wanted to make an artistic/humorous statement, you could hide some real computer parts in it (false floor, fit them in the monitor or whatever) and put a hamster wheel or ant colony in the case :)

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Rishnai
Rishnai

12 years ago

Take out the innards and put a current-generation game console in there. Then use the monitor as the display, and invite friends over to play. They'll be tripped out by playing GTA on an "ancient" computer!

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thematthatter
thematthatter

12 years ago

You can throw it off an overpass. Thats how i got my kaypro!

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Doctor What
Doctor What

12 years ago

That's awesome! It kinda reminds me of the computer from Hitchhiker's Guide. You could mac-o-lantern it, or you could make an electric fence, or try to re-program it, or you could drop it off of a building and listen to the loud crashing that ensues, or you could recycle it, or you could retrofit all of the innards with new computer innards to give it a retro-new-computer feel (replace the tube of the monitor with an LCD monitor)...

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Darkseid
Darkseid

Reply 12 years ago

Awesome Ideas, I was actually thinking about doing the retro Dual core computer Idea haha Lets see anyone wanna steal after they see how old it is. Theft proof!