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

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

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by Randy Sarafan
     
 

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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

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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 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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Following the philosophy that old hardware can be repurposed rather than added to the landfill, artist and first-time author Sarafan presents an array of projects, from a keyboard lamp to a kitty condo. Safety considerations are somewhat lacking, given the toxic components and need for soldering. Some of the finished projects look unpolished and others are impractical; still, this is an interesting and original foray into recycling electronics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761159766
Publisher:
Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
02/11/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
440,052
File size:
60 MB
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Meet the Author

Randy Sarafan is a new-media artist who is currently a Virtual Fellow with the cutting-edge F.A.T. (Free Art and Technology) Lab; is a top project contributor and community manager at Instructables.com, the leading user-generated how-to website; has contributed to Make magazine; and creates projects with a unique style and an eye for fun (a breathalyzer microphone, water-gun alarm clock, USB-enabled fruit). He graduated with honors in the Design Technology program at Parsons School of Design and lives in San Francisco.

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62 Projects to Make with a Dead Computer 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is extremely entertaining. Very creative and interesting projects were made with stuff you would just be throwing away (very green). Interesting facts. Great instruction. Even if you don't do projects, it's a great coffee table book. Great design and easy reading, too.