With the Apple’s refresh of the MacBook Air line, computers are very affordable and very powerful at the same time.
Maybe it’s time for you to upgrade. But what will you do with your old machine?
It’s a common problem — keep it or throw it away? Here are 15 ways to bring new life to your old computer after you pick up a new one.
Nothing loses value quite like a computer. Find a friend who needs one or give it to a charity, but be sure to wipe the hard drive first.
Spend a little money on a bigger hard drive and more RAM. That's almost always a way to get some more life out of your older machine.
What's the deal with that little penguin mascot? Well, his name is Tux, and his operating system can be installed on basically any machine you have, new or old.
Turn your old computer into a Linux machine to see what all the rage is about.
This is an easy one -- store all your photos, videos, and music on your computer and hook it up to your home entertainment system. Watch movies and slideshows on your TV and listen to music on your stereo!
If something goes wrong with your new computer, it's nice to have your old one around so you can cannibalise it for working parts.
Leave it set up and run your favourite BitTorrent client all the time -- it's one less thing you'll have to run on your new computer.
Tor is a project that lets you 'donate' your Internet connection to people around the world for the sake of anonymity. These people might be living under an oppressive regime, restricting web access and blocking certain news sites.
If you have several old computers, you can arrange them in a cluster to combine their processing abilities. Then use them to solve complicated maths problems, render complex video, or play video games!
There is a Linux kernel extension built specifically for doing this, and it's called openMosix.
It's surprisingly easy to build a music playlist and let people access it over the Internet. You won't have to worry about DJing your next road trip!
We're going to bring up Linux just one more time -- if you install LinuxMCE on your old machine and wire up some essential hardware, you can remotely control your heat and air conditioning, turn your lights on and off, and keep an eye on home security.