I seem to be getting a lot more traffic than usual these days, which is either a good thing or a bad thing. If you’re new here, welcome, and I’ll summarize much of the content for you. Just as a courtesy.
Here are three things you can do to take an old, unwanted computer and turn it into the coolest, sharpest toy in your neighborhood. Follow through with these steps, and every geek — even the turtlenecked wannabe artist types — will bow down to you.
- Take it apart and repaint it. I know, it’s easier said than done, particularly when we’re talking about laptops. But you’ll learn a lot about the guts, you’ll get a chance to clean everything out, and when it’s done, it’s absolutely spectacular. Don’t skip this step.
- Swap the hard drive for a CF card. Whatever you heard about CF cards or even SD cards being untrustworthy or having a short life span is utter and complete rubbish. Forget you heard it. I’ve been using one for about three months now, and spent almost three weeks raging against another, and they both still work fine. Get one. Now.
- Install fbterm. This is also easier said than done, but in doing so you’ll carve your system demands down so drastically you can easily get by with a 10-, 12- or 14-year-old computer, and it will do everything you ask of it without even blinking (except maybe the cursor ). And best of all, it’s insanely awesome and cool beyond measure. You’ll be so glad you did this.
That’s all. If you need details on how to get started, I’ve kept all my notes and tips scattered around the site. Take a week or two to get used to your machine, then get to work revamping it. I promise: The results will turn people green with envy. …