11 awesome reasons not to throw out that old Mac

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If you've got an old iMac G4 knocking around, turning it into a stunning desk lamp is actually easier than it looks. This particular model was sold on Etsy, but there are lots of guides to making your own.

Photo: SewWhatSherlock, Etsy
If you've got an old iMac G4 knocking around, turning it into a stunning desk lamp is actually easier than it looks. This particular model was sold on Etsy, but there are lots of guides to making your own.

Photo: SewWhatSherlock, Etsy

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  • robogobo

    This is awful.

  • here’s a couple of posts that have some more ideas for dead machines:

    http://macmd.com/blog/?p=553 (turn an old macbook into an iPad case)

    http://macmd.com/blog/?p=367 (turn a bunch of Mac towers into bookshelves)

  • Lou Skunt

    Your face is awful.

  • JFairweather

    Ah, yet another online source that is promoting the conversion of an aluminum Mac into a hibachi….

    When heated, aluminum gives off TOXIC FUMES cause the following: eye, nose, and throat irritation, fever, chills, headache, nausea, muscle pain, and decreased pulmonary function. A recent study also linked exposure to aluminum fumes with alzheimers.

    Do not convert an aluminum Mac into a grill.

    I strongly suggest that the author remove this from the slide show.

    • Windlasher

      I thought about that. I have a mac pro that is still going strong but one day it will not be a grill. It will be the most kick ass mackintosh I can piece together.

    • Yorgus

      Aluminum & Alzheimer’s link was thoroughly debunked years ago.

    • Josephine Schmo

      Same thing with aluminum coffee pots, so NEVER brew coffee in a MAC, LOL!

  • DarkHuntress

    And don’t forget to keep it for the value it might bring in 10 years

  • redheeler

    I have a few PPC Macs on display in my bedroom. They’re perfect just the way they are.

  • Dillon Sharer

    Rich people, haha!

  • No. Just no.

  • Publius

    Or you could, you know, just use an Old Mac. it’s not like they magically stop working when Apple decides to pull the plug.

  • Josephine Schmo

    Hilarious! Like the machines in terminator look like humans until you “dig into” them…..