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.

By Anne B. McDonald, PC World |  Offbeat, DIY, slideshow

About the Book

62 Projects to Make With a Dead Computer, from Workman Publishing is available now. (Workman; $14.95; February 2010; ISBN 978-0-7611-5243-9)

The author, Randy Sarafan, is a new-media artist currently serving as a Virtual Fellow with the cutting-edge F.A.T. (Free Art and Technology) Lab, as well being as a top project contributor and community manager at, a popular user-generated how-to Web site. He also has contributed to Make magazine.

Among his other creations are a breathalyzer microphone, a water-gun alarm clock, and USB-enabled fruit. Sarafan graduated with honors in the Design Technology program at Parsons School of Design and now lives in San Francisco. See more of his work at

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