Inspired by our guide to giving an old laptop new life with cheap or free projects, Lifehacker reader Brian turned his aging Dell laptop into an incredible under-the-cabinet kitchen PC.
Brian uses his saucy setup to pipe music to his kitchen via Pandora, view his Google Calendar, and get a look at the news. He needed a lightweight operating system that would support Flash, and ultimately settled on the much-beloved Puppy Linux. A little tinkering, two coat-hangers (which he used for mounting the laptop), and some elbow grease later, Brian’s put together a very cool kitchen computer.
Despite having put together a great setup already, Brian has a few more ideas for spicing up his setup in the future:
- Integrate software keyboard for occasional logins
- Cron-like item scheduling for time based events, ( ie, show weather in morning, news at night )
- Limited command support for auto-shutdown of the appliance
- A RSS feed integrator showing semi-random news items stock ticker style.