Most of us have our computers on our desks or our laps, but there are so many other places in and out of our homes that can make a great spot for an old PC.
The smaller your PC, the more places you can put it, so laptops are obvious choices for moving around to different parts of your home. We've posted before with suggestions for repurposing an old laptop so be sure to check those out as well.
The living room is a more obvious choice now that home theatre PCs (HTPCs) are becoming more and more popular. Popular solutions like XBMC and Boxee make it easy to turn an old machine into a feature-rich set top box. If your machine is destined for your home theatre, you have a ton of options. Here are a few:
- Set Up a Geeky Media Centre That Non-Geeks Can Actually Use
- The Ultimate Start to Finish Guide to Your XBMC Media Centre
- Build a Cheap but Powerful Boxee Media Centre
More and more PCs are making their ways into the kitchen, whether it's for watching videos while cooking or having a handy way to look up recipes. If you cook and you have a laptop, chances are you've brought it in to the kitchen already. If you've got an old laptop collecting dust, consider turning it into a wall-mounted kitchen computer. If you've got a desktop, bulding an under-the-cabinet kitchen PC is a great option, too.
Personally, I didn't have an extra PC to repurpose in the kitchen and didn't want to buy one specifically for the purpose, so I put my server's monitor in the kitchen so when I do want to use a PC, I can use it instead.
If you already have a media centre PC in the living room you can always have another in the bedroom. If you're feeling really ambitious you can mount your computer to the ceiling on a sliding track like this bedroom Mac.
Out in the Yard
Creating a backyard theatre is another option. You'll have to be careful with the wiring and watch out for bad weather, but an outdoor movie on a nice warm night can be a lot of fun.
One last interesting location is your car. Car mods have actually been pretty popular. Obviously you want to be pretty careful about what you're doing on your machine while driving, but it's definitely one way to manage your music or keep passengers entertained with movies. Add a 3G USB modem and your car can grab new media as needed.
These are just a few ideas for places you can repurpose an old machine. Got any of your own? Share 'em in the comments.