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62 Projects to Make with a Dead Computer: And Other Discarded Electronicsby Randy Sarafan
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Computer hacking takes on a whole new meaning when you're going at it with a screwdriver and hammer: announcing the most wildly inventive, eco-friendly craft book on repurposing everyday objects since Generation T. Except in this case the raw material isn't a T-shirt, but the stuff we all have lying around and have no idea what to do with, or even how to get rid of properly-your old cell phone, a broken printer, irredeemable iPod, busted digital camera, mysterious thatches of cables and wires, orphaned keyboards, and of course, those dead PCs and laptops.
Created by a Parsons design graduate who's obsessed with navigating the intersection of art and technology, here are 62 ingenious projects that are irresistibly geek-chic. An iMac Terrarium-how cool is that? A laptop Digital Photo Frame. The impressively green Scanner Compost Bin. Plus a power strip Bird Feeder, Walkman Soap Dish, My First Squiggle Bot, Qwerty Hair Tie, Flat-screen Ant Farm. Each project has complete, step-by-step instructions, is rated by difficulty-in a thorough first chapter the author covers all the tools and skills needed to take apart electronics safely-and is arranged by use, from stuff for the house, to fashion, toys, arts and crafts, items for pets, and more.
Book News Annotation:
Techno-crafters twelve and up will enjoy this guide to repurposing old computer parts, outdated cell phones, and various other electronic gadgetry destined for the landfill, into snazzy accessories like ribbon cable hair clips or a scanner side table perfect for holding a post-industrial nightlight and mouse pencil sharpener. Step-by-step instructions for 62 such projects are detailed with clear illustrations and photographs of the finished creations. A section on tools, techniques, and safety describes the inner workings of computers and presents basic information on electronics. Younger readers will benefit from adult supervision, as some of the projects require power tools. Sarafan is a San Francisco-based new-media artist. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From an iMac terrarium to a flat-screen ant farm, this work presents 62 ingenious projects to turn old and out-dated technology into works of art. Each project has complete, step-by-step instructions.
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