Unconventional uses for a netbook?
April 12, 2010 11:33 AM   Subscribe

Unconventional uses for a netbook?

I have a netbook - the Asus Eee 1005HA. Recently I bought an iPad, which I love. But now, I don't need my netbook anymore.

Rather than sell it, what unusual things can you do with a netbook when you don't carry it around all day anymore?
posted by Mwongozi to Computers & Internet (19 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
 
Kitchen recipe computer.
posted by mkb at 11:34 AM on April 12, 2010 [4 favorites]


Webcam, no? Home surveillance.
posted by sageleaf at 11:37 AM on April 12, 2010


Take it apart and learn how modern computers are put together.
posted by mmascolino at 11:43 AM on April 12, 2010


a netbook seems like overkill for a simple serial console, but if I had one, that's what I'd use it for.
posted by jquinby at 11:47 AM on April 12, 2010


robot control center.
posted by xbonesgt at 11:47 AM on April 12, 2010


turn it into an oscilliscope?
posted by Calloused_Foot at 11:48 AM on April 12, 2010


I use mine to listen to Pandora while I'm in the darkroom.
posted by JoanArkham at 11:53 AM on April 12, 2010


Wildlife cam.
posted by jessamyn at 11:57 AM on April 12, 2010


- Badass alarm clock
- Weather station
- "Lifestream Device" pulling in RSS feeds / data and streaming it
- Go all media lab and create a VR heads up display
- Put it inside something wacky

For a really crazy use, donate it to a local women's shelter or somesuch.
posted by CharlesV42 at 12:08 PM on April 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


An always-on Airfoil client? Or install apache and run a lightweight web server for hosting files you want easy access to from different places, instead of carrying a USB flash drive everywhere.
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 12:09 PM on April 12, 2010


Get a second network card, and use it as a bitchin' PFSense router.
posted by Threeway Handshake at 12:19 PM on April 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


Baby's First Computer.

That's what we're repurposing ours for, anyway, in a couple years when it's old and slow and the spawn is big enough to button mash to some purpose!
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 12:28 PM on April 12, 2010


I use mine as a music server for my wireless speakers. It sits on my breakfast bar and also doubles as a recipe computer.
posted by Zophi at 12:29 PM on April 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


Rather than sell it, you could give it to a child whose parents can't afford a computer. The kid could then use it for schoolwork, putting him at slightly less of a disadvantage compared to his middle-class peers.
posted by amtho at 12:40 PM on April 12, 2010


Keep it. An ipad does not play flash content so there will be situations where you will want to go on hulu and sites like that .
posted by majortom1981 at 12:45 PM on April 12, 2010


These are all great ideas. Rather than marking them all as best I'm just going to pick my favourites, but thanks all!
posted by Mwongozi at 12:50 PM on April 12, 2010


A bit cheesy maybe, but if you have a decorative fireplace, you could use it as an everburning fire.
posted by lioness at 12:59 PM on April 12, 2010


Attach a monitor, keyboard, and mouse to it and use it like a desktop.
posted by insectosaurus at 1:25 PM on April 12, 2010


Dedicated emulation machine.
posted by box at 1:43 PM on April 12, 2010


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