25 Years of Mac: Repurposing Your Dead Mac

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When a computer gives up the ghost, there are a lot of things you can do to keep it around the house.

Here are a few ways we’ve found, if you’ve found a new way to give new life to your dead Mac, let us know.


Macquarium: when your mac is swimming with the fishes.

There are a ton of these — flickr counts nearly 700 — but this slick black version was made by Dave D’aranjo who rescued a Mac from a Singapore sidewalk and turned it into an aquarium. He spent a couple of months fashioning the fish bowl, following the how-to in low end Mac, then adding his own touches and getting a custom logo to give it a screen-saver look.

Macplanter: Out of the Dead, Things Grow
Got a bunch of dead computers? One Mac aficionado in Pennsylvania has turned them into living containers for plants. Nice idea, though the neighbors may complain of the high-tech junkyard feel.

iWipe toilet paper holder


Here’s one way to repurpose your Mac when it’s gone down the tubes.
As we reported awhile back, DIYer Shawn Morton converted a classic Mac into a toilet roll dispenser, or Apple iWipe. Instructions here.

Mac Art
Another way to give life to your old Mac is to turn it into art, as we wrote about a few months back in the iPaint my Mac project by Satta Van Dahl.

Mac lover Mike Tuohy has also turned his old machines into wood-look pieces of art, proving that even a non-working Mac can be a thing of beauty.

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