What to do with an old laptop

Chances are you have an old laptop or two sitting in your closet collecting dust. And while you may not be ready to throw it out, there are some really cool things you can do to breath new life into that old portable PC.

Here are just a few ideas:

Turn It Into A Chromebook

We know this sounds crazy but yes, you can really turn your old laptop into a Chromebook. At its very core a Chromebook is nothing more than a regular laptop using a Google powered interface.

Because of this your old laptop should have no problem running Chromium which is the Google operating system. You can install it on just about any machine using Neverware’s CloudReady.

Please note when you turn your old laptop into a Chromebook you will only have access to a basic web browser and cloud apps.

Transform It Into A Digital Photo Frame

If you consider yourself a handyman, or woman, this is something you will really enjoy doing. In order to transform your old laptop into a digital frame you will first need to strip the laptop down to its bare bones.

Once you have stripped it down you will need to remove the high resolution screen and place it into a frame. Next you will need to mount the guts of the PC which for many is the most difficult part.

There are many different ways you can go about turning your old laptop into a digital photo frame. The best thing to do is “Google” it to find out which option will work best for you based on the tools you have at your disposal.

Turn It Into A Webcam

How many times have you wondered if someone was able to hack into your system and start using your webcam to spy on you? More times than you can count right?

Well now is your opportunity to turn the tables and start doing a little spying of your own. To make this happen you will need to download and install the iSpy application. Don’t worry. As long as you are using it within your own home the application is free.

If however you want to be able to view the webcam remotely you will need to pay $7.95 a month to do so. Once you have it installed you will be able to spy on anyone or anything you want.

Please note If your old laptop is unable to boot up you will not be able to transform it into anything. In this case it would be best to clean the hard drive and get rid of the laptop.