How to Make New Stuff From Your Piles of Obsolete Tech

A new book shows you how to make usable items from old PCs, cell phones, scanners, printers, and other dead tech gear.

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PDA Doodler

Calling all lawnmower fans! Wouldn't it be great if you could charge your cell phone or MP3 player the same way you'd start up a gas-powered mower?

If you played with a Wooly Willy as a child, you've experienced the small pleasure of dragging iron filings with a magnet to give a bald-headed man a hairdo, beard, mustache, and/or fuzzy eye patch.

But even if you didn't, you can experience it now--and finally find a use for your old Palm Pilot. This ingenious device will enable you to amuse yourself in staff meetings without tweeting! Talk about old school!

Skill level for project: Intermediate

Next: Gear Clock


See also:

15 Ways to Make YouTube More Useful

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Republished with permission from PC World (view original version)

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