In which a parsimonious manner for assisting a personal computing device in the dissipation of thermal energy is described.
[Translation: here's a cheap way to help your laptop stay cool.]
If you have a laptop that, like mine, is poorly ventilated, this simple trick may help. It doesn't make for a great Instructable, but it is effective.
I was inspired by Instructables such as this:
There are a great many other excellent approaches to this problem.
Step 1: Collect Bottle Caps
You'll need at least 4 of these. I recommend 8 - 12 for improved stability. Make them all the same type, or at least of equal depth.
Step 2: Arrange Bottle Caps
Use a surface like this place mat that will provide some friction. This keeps your bottle caps from sliding about. Arrange them in whatever pattern pleases you. You want them evenly distributed under the computer. Try to avoid covering the aforementioned vents on your machine.
Step 3: Place Computer Atop Bottle Caps
Step 4: Voilà
Enjoy improved air circulation!
Benefits: It's inexpensive. Highly portable.
Limitations: Requires appropriate surface. Useless for supporting the computer on your actual lap. Looks kinda ghetto.