low tech uses for high tech tools

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Wed Dec 23, 2009 6:09 am Post

Reading Jaysen in another thread made me wonder about other examples of low tech uses for high tech tools.

For example, this link offers a number of suggestions on unique ways to use a laptop.

Anyone else?
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Wed Dec 23, 2009 12:35 pm Post

It was reported in the newspapers and on TV that in the Great Escape by 2,000 people from broken-down trains underneath the English Channel last week, the lighting along the tunnels — the only lighting — was provided by their mobile phones.
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Wed Dec 23, 2009 1:33 pm Post

Hugh wrote:It was reported in the newspapers and on TV that in the Great Escape by 2,000 people from broken-down trains underneath the English Channel last week, the lighting along the tunnels — the only lighting — was provided by their mobile phones.

I have used my mobile phone as a torch not infrequently. With the last one, I simply used the light from the (admittedly bright) screen. The current one has a "light" function which uses the two LEDs designed as camera lights ... they can be switched on and off ... or even set to blink an SOS!

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Wed Dec 23, 2009 2:14 pm Post

I have a few old towers holding up planks that I am using for equipment shelves. Milk crates are not available these days…

I have been known to use Sparc chips for space heaters. Just unplug the CPU fan and build a kernel…
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Wed Dec 23, 2009 4:56 pm Post

That cup holder that all modern computers come equipped with... it's a bit fragile, but otherwise works fine and retracts out of the way when you no longer need it.
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Wed Dec 23, 2009 5:03 pm Post

Just saw a tech in the parking lot using a system board for an ice scraper. Looked like a PCI raid controller for an IBM X series server.

Just noticed a pair of 146GB 2.5" 7.5KRPM 2.5" drives holding a space heater at a suitable angle to heat the occupant of a cube a few halls over.

This is fun. I am not on the hunt for a cdrom demonstration or two.
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Wed Dec 23, 2009 5:14 pm Post

We once made a high-glare light reflector for photographic uses out of CD-ROMS. Glued a bunch of them to a piece of cardboard.
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Wed Dec 23, 2009 5:15 pm Post

No one here is that creative. So far the only thing is a cup holder on a desk. Quite disappointing.
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Wed Dec 23, 2009 7:47 pm Post

Jaysen wrote:This is fun. I am not on the hunt for a condom demonstration or two.
:shock: :oops: :oops:
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Wed Dec 23, 2009 8:03 pm Post

vic-k wrote:
Jaysen wrote:This is fun. I am not on the hunt for a condom demonstration or two.
:shock: :oops: :oops:
Fluff

Now fluff, I think you are spending too much time is Le'D. Or are you as bad as they are?
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Thu Dec 24, 2009 1:51 pm Post

I've seen many a monitor used as a white board for yellow sticky notes... not that I'd ever do that myself.

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Thu Dec 24, 2009 5:27 pm Post

Wayback when, say about half-past the Bronze Age, I remember seeing old CP/M machines used as doorstops. (You may argue, quite reasonably, that old CP/M machines are not high tech. And they're not, not now, but back in about a quarter to the Bronze Age, they were.)

And surely someone's found a non-digital application for old floppies...?

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Thu Dec 24, 2009 5:44 pm Post

I've been seeing a lot of that, (though I'm not sure if they are really truly recycled old floppies) writing journals bound in floppy disks---one for each side.
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Thu Dec 24, 2009 5:54 pm Post

I've used old mice to tease cats with. Apple mice don't work so well for that, though, because they don't have long enough cords.
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Mon Dec 28, 2009 5:53 pm Post

I used my cell phone to light my way to my emergency candles last week when we had a (blessedly brief) power failure.

My cats have attacked our computer mice, too. Now, however, they've moved on to hunting down the iPod earbuds.
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