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Options For a Laptop With a Broken Screen?

timothy posted more than 5 years ago | from the voice-activated-car-computer-or-giant-panel-slave-pc dept.

Hardware Hacking 544

DefenseSupportParty writes "I recently traveled via an unnamed airline, and stupidly checked my laptop. Unfortunately, the screen broke in transit and they refuse to take responsibility for it, claiming that it could have been broken before the flight. I'm not really in the mood to replace the screen if I have to pay for it, as I have other laptops that I can use. At the same time, I don't want to waste computing power that could be put to good use. I've thought about the common stuff: file server, SETI@Home, but I'd like to do something a little more creative. Does anyone have good ideas for a relatively powerful laptop without a display?"

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Braille Quake (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27801855)

Braille Quake is available for Windows & Linux.

First post (-1, Offtopic)

The Fun Guy (21791) | more than 5 years ago | (#27801857)

first time in 15 years

Re:First post (-1, Offtopic)

David Hume (200499) | more than 5 years ago | (#27801887)

Actually, no. Good luck in the next 15 years.

Re:First post (0, Offtopic)

mikesd81 (518581) | more than 5 years ago | (#27801903)

And yet, still a fail.

Oblig. (5, Funny)

Jamamala (983884) | more than 5 years ago | (#27801863)

How about you take a few more flights and then set up a beowulf cluster?

Re:Oblig. (1, Funny)

n0dna (939092) | more than 5 years ago | (#27802049)

I wish I had mod points, I literally laughed out loud.

Well played. :)

Re:Oblig. (0, Redundant)

Paradise Pete (33184) | more than 5 years ago | (#27802233)

I wish I had mod points, I literally laughed out loud.

I did too (and I do happen to have mod points, but it's already at 5 now).

So you must be THIS GUY... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27802151)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWqHPjB_32M

Re:Oblig. (5, Funny)

noidentity (188756) | more than 5 years ago | (#27802269)

Yeah, but how will he be able to fly the airline again, considering it has no name?

Re:Oblig. (0, Redundant)

suso (153703) | more than 5 years ago | (#27802301)

You sir, might have just made one the funniest comment ever made on Slashdot.

How powerful exactly? (1)

NervousNerd (1190935) | more than 5 years ago | (#27801869)

As with almost anything computer related, it depends? How powerful is the laptop? Is it a last year model? Perhaps something a bit older?

Re:How powerful exactly? (1)

Brian Gordon (987471) | more than 5 years ago | (#27801907)

Who cares how fast it is? What kind of application requires real-time computing without a video output? The only thing I can think of is a server / router, which a 10 year old beige box could do.

Re:How powerful exactly? (3, Funny)

palegray.net (1195047) | more than 5 years ago | (#27801959)

I don't feel like waiting ten years for the results of my calculations, so your ten-year-old beige box won't really work for me.

Re:How powerful exactly? (1)

miknix (1047580) | more than 5 years ago | (#27802107)

Who cares how fast it is? What kind of application requires real-time computing without a video output?

Even Matlab could be ran without a screen. I do it all the time. I have a headless box at the university which I connect to using ssh. Matlab runs perfectly in a terminal.

Re:How powerful exactly? (4, Interesting)

wellingj (1030460) | more than 5 years ago | (#27802219)

Robotics. Requires no video output, just input.

PQ (4, Funny)

Brian Gordon (987471) | more than 5 years ago | (#27801873)

Run 10,000 instances of progress quest [progressquest.com] .

Set-top-box (5, Insightful)

Swizec (978239) | more than 5 years ago | (#27801875)

1) plug it into a television
2) add IR
3) add connection to file server with videos 4) ???
5) entertainment

Re:Set-top-box (1)

Stile 65 (722451) | more than 5 years ago | (#27801945)

Good idea. Especially if the laptop already has IR - some of the nicer media laptops do.

Re:Set-top-box (1)

hachi-control (1360955) | more than 5 years ago | (#27801957)

You forgot mentioning GeeXbox as a media OS.

Re:Set-top-box (4, Insightful)

BobPaul (710574) | more than 5 years ago | (#27802305)

Most laptops already have IRDA built in. I'm not sure why exactly, but it seems almost ubiquitous. There are USB TV tuners that are supported by linux. These usually do MP4 encoding on device to keep the USB bandwidth down, so should be excellent for MythTV, even if the laptop isn't the most powerful.

You can (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27801879)

Buy a cheap external monitor.

Re:You can (4, Insightful)

HeronBlademaster (1079477) | more than 5 years ago | (#27802275)

I used to use a hand-me-down HP laptop (that had a broken screen) as a desktop using an external monitor. It's just like having a desktop, really.

Checked it? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27801883)

How about setting it up a a monument to your carefree lifestyle? I mean, really, who on earth checks laptops?

External display (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27801885)

Does the VGA/DVI port still work? If so, why not just use it as a regular computer with an external display? That's what we did at my work.

Re:External display (5, Insightful)

Brian Gordon (987471) | more than 5 years ago | (#27801995)

Who even needs a display? Run X over SSH.

Re:External display (1)

miknix (1047580) | more than 5 years ago | (#27802187)

Who even needs a display? Run X over SSH.

Why troll?

Re:External display (1)

tmetzcc325 (1149343) | more than 5 years ago | (#27802237)

I was wondering the same thing...wish I had some mod points...

Donate it? (5, Insightful)

Z80xxc! (1111479) | more than 5 years ago | (#27801891)

If you don't need the laptop, and the screen is relatively easy and inexpensive to replace, and the laptop has decent specs, why not fix the screen and sell it to someone who needs a laptop for just the cost of the screen replacement? You don't need it, they do, it's a (presumably) decent laptop. Everybody wins, and they might bake you a pie or something someday in return.

Re:Donate it? (5, Informative)

DocKenG (238175) | more than 5 years ago | (#27802093)

Yes, replacing the screen is not expensive at all. All you have to do is locate a LCD for your model laptop on a site like ebay. I have found LCD's for as little as $50. Then in a search for "lcd replacement on your model number laptop" and you should find exact instructions on how to remove and replace the LCD. I have done this many times and it is really easy.

Re:Donate it? (5, Funny)

youthoftoday (975074) | more than 5 years ago | (#27802239)

Regular flier?

Re:Donate it? (4, Informative)

mgblst (80109) | more than 5 years ago | (#27802195)

If you have an IBM Laptop, replacing the screen is really easy. You find full hardware documents online telling you exactly what you need to do, and there are plenty of screens on ebay. I have done this about 50 times now, no problems at all.

Server (5, Insightful)

sheetzam (454981) | more than 5 years ago | (#27801893)

Built in UPS, plenty of computing power as you say.
Best use I can think of is as a server - web, mail, mysql, whathaveyou. Wear and tear on the hard drive not an issue if you're using something set up correctly - the hard drive will be spun down most of the time.

Ebay (3, Insightful)

mikesd81 (518581) | more than 5 years ago | (#27801895)

See if you can find a cheap screen replacement on Ebay.

Re:Ebay (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27802349)

That's exactly what I was thinking. For some reason people think replacing a laptop screen is difficult or something.

All I have to say is modern laptops are usually pretty easy to work on. I would look up the specifics on your particular model before considering it but replacing the screen usually means popping off a cover, 4 screws, unplug the connector, then reverse for the new screen. It takes like 15 minutes at most.

Media Center? (1)

dagestad (1345143) | more than 5 years ago | (#27801909)

Just brainstorming here... How about using it as a media center alternative? Remote over WLan (iPhone or remotes with wifi support) and off you go. Or more interesting, perhaps... use the wifi remotes along with some kind of home automation software. Then all you have to do is hook up your house and that computer could control all of your house :)

Re:Media Center? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27802197)

Or more interesting, perhaps... use the wifi remotes along with some kind of home automation software. Then all you have to do is hook up your house and that computer could control all of your house :)

Where does one find this mythical 'house-plug'? Is it USB? Serial? Some kind of ATA?

Tard.

aim for the airline rep (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27801911)

You could throw it at the airline rep who basically told you to fuck off and sue them (in so many words it sounds). I suggest you aim for the head.

MythTV (4, Insightful)

Jane Q. Public (1010737) | more than 5 years ago | (#27801913)

Hook it up in your network as a MythTV. I don't think you need an attached display to use it; if you do, use an old external monitor.

FAH (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27801917)

Good God, at least do something useful with it. Folding at home or rosetta at home. At least with those you can benefit humanity instead of sifting through a useless project.

Treat it like a desktop (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27801921)

Use an external monitor, park it at home, and use it for non-gaming apps.

Sue them? (1)

HomerJ (11142) | more than 5 years ago | (#27801923)

Why not take it to small claims court? They broke your laptop, they should fix it.

Re:Sue them? (4, Insightful)

Cramer (69040) | more than 5 years ago | (#27802037)

Read the fine print. The airline is not responsible for the damage. Do. Not. Check. Laptops. Carry it with you at all times. Common luggage offers little if any protection for a laptop. Have you ever watched how the baggage handlers "handle" luggage?

What? He doesn't have any form of insurance of his own? The cost of a screen is substantially cheaper than the cost of a new laptop. (unless it's an old and/or crappy laptop.)

Re:Sue them? (3, Interesting)

x2A (858210) | more than 5 years ago | (#27802131)

"The cost of a screen is substantially cheaper than the cost of a new laptop"

Depends on the laptop model. I broke my laptop screen a couple years back. It's a 2003 dell model (D505) that's crucial for my work, but couldn't afford laptop replacement. New screen set me back around £50-60 (~US$80). I fit it myself (was rather simple to)... and now it's continuing to serve me well. But, that particular model did sell rather well, and many neighbouring models (such as D510 I believe) used the same screen, so it a very common, easy to find part. As for Unbranded Model(tm)... that might not be so cheap.

Re:Sue them? (3, Interesting)

Hurricane78 (562437) | more than 5 years ago | (#27802157)

The fine print is NOT the law. Them stating arbitrary things in some fine print does not make it somehow ok.

What if they started to shred everything you check-in, and then pump the pulver in the plane. On check-out you would get a bag of that stuff with the same weight.
Then the airline would state that it were a big accident.

Do you really think that would bail them out?

This is the same principle. They break it, they fix it. A fine print is only a rule, if all parties obey it.

I know that here in Germany, there are many things you can state in the terms and conditions fine-print, but that have absolutely no meaning. You can even get sued for stating some especially evil things in there.

Re:Sue them? (1)

wwahammy (765566) | more than 5 years ago | (#27802385)

But this is America, where you can say anything in a contract and get away with it :)

Re:Sue them? (1)

Captain Spam (66120) | more than 5 years ago | (#27802089)

If I'm not mistaken, I think most airlines have signs all over the place informing you NOT to put laptops in your checked luggage (in addition to leaving them out of any x-rayed carry-ons). They could fairly easily deny responsibility at that point.

And if I'm wrong and they DON'T have such signs, it's a dead safe bet that after one person takes any airline to court over a busted laptop screen, air travelers would have yet another set of instructions assaulting them on signs as they check in to deny responsibility the NEXT time.

Fix it yourself. (5, Informative)

zymano (581466) | more than 5 years ago | (#27801929)

Re:Fix it yourself. (1)

tbhall77 (1172983) | more than 5 years ago | (#27802119)

Cost may play a roll. I have a Lenovo T60 with a busted screen. It would cost $1000 to buy just the screen. Granted, in my case I havent priced it anywhere else.

Re:Fix it yourself. (1)

bhtooefr (649901) | more than 5 years ago | (#27802387)

What size and resolution is it?

Better yet, look in this PDF [ibm.com] for 4:3 models or this one [ibm.com] for widescreens, for the part and FRU numbers. Google both. You may be able to even get an upgrade out of this, compare part numbers on the hinges, cables, and inverter.

Yeah, Screen replacement works wonders. (1)

Rachel Lucid (964267) | more than 5 years ago | (#27802135)

Most screens will run $100, and while laptops aren't made to be "easy" to repair, You'd be replacing the entire screen, which is just popping the case open and unscrewing a few things.

I've replaced the backlight on my laptop's screen (a much harder task!), so this ought to be gravy for you, and cheaper than repairing it otherwise.

Re:Fix it yourself. (4, Informative)

ChinggisK (1133009) | more than 5 years ago | (#27802325)

This. Do it yourself. Dell wanted to charge my girlfriend (ya ya ya peanut gallery) $350 to fix the screen for her laptop. I bought one online for $80 and fixed it myself with a set of screwdrivers and 20 minutes (and a little tiny bit of duct tape because they had a stupid little chip on the bottom whose screws didn't line up exactly right with the new screen). As for where to get the screen, I recommend Screen Country- they seemed to be the cheapest when I was looking, and so far the screen seems to work fine (2 months in now) - http://www.screencountry.com/?gclid=CNutnIL6npoCFQZeswodqHo49w [screencountry.com]

They even have a warranty on them I think.

Make it into a desktop (5, Insightful)

grege1 (1065244) | more than 5 years ago | (#27801933)

Buy a usb keyboard and mouse and a 19" external monitor. Set the power saving to just turn off the screen when you shut the lid, not go into standby. Instant energy efficient desktop computer. What you do with that is the same questin of what you do with any surplus computer.

Re:Make it into a desktop (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27802057)

I have been doing exactly this with my Dell 1705 for the last year or so and believe me, it works great. Wholeheartedly recommend this option.

Re:Make it into a desktop (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27802079)

Buy a usb keyboard and mouse and a 19" external monitor. Set the power saving to just turn off the screen when you shut the lid, not go into standby.Instant energy efficient desktop computer.

Yup. My version of this is sitting under my TV, running SNES and N64 emulators. Knockoff USB Playstation controllers run you about $5 a pop. Super Bomberman, anyone?

Re:Make it into a desktop (4, Insightful)

rantingkitten (938138) | more than 5 years ago | (#27802365)

Laptops also make great little servers (for non corporate applications of course!), when you think about it -- low power, no extra cooling needed, and built-in UPS. I have a Dell 1.4ghz P4 laptop with a screen that was too flaky to use, so it just sits quietly on the corner of my desk with the lid closed, running Debian, and is my development/test webserver, mailserver, screened IRC session, nagios monitoring, file server, ftp drop for friends to send me stuff, ssh gateway to the rest of my home network, and a few other random little things as needed. Hardly creative, I admit, but it's always been useful. I only needed to plug in an external monitor once, for the initial installation.

Re:Make it into a desktop (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27802395)

Pretty much. He basically asked the same question as:
  have two computers and one monitor, what do I do?
Hmm, not sure...

Use it as a media center (4, Informative)

jonaskoelker (922170) | more than 5 years ago | (#27801943)

You may already be set up the way you like, but I'm not and others might also not be, so here goes:

Use it as a media center. That is, connect it to your TV and sound system, and have it play video and music from wherever you got it (sshfs/NAS, w/e).

For that, you want something which can start and stop (suspend/resume) quickly. You'll probably also want to connect a wiimote, so that bluetooth chip on your wifi NIC is going to come in handy. Saving yourself from running more cables (wifi) probably isn't going to hurt either.

Why fix the screen when you can replace it with a bigger and better one? :)

Anonymous Coward (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27801951)

You could always just export to a tv screen, create a free tivo by having the cable run into the laptop, just let it kill the battery

weather station (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27801961)

I use mine as a weather station monitor for weatherunderground its mostly idle so you can still do other stuff.

Hook up a display? (2, Interesting)

AlXtreme (223728) | more than 5 years ago | (#27801969)

Does anyone have good ideas for a relatively powerful laptop without a display?

Simply hook up a monitor and you have a energy-efficient and quiet desktop. For fun, strap the laptop to the back of the monitor.

With older laptops you could fool around with those mini-LCD screens, use them for displaying the weather for instance. But as you mention it's a powerful laptop, so it would probably make a decent desktop.

Power reliable server... (2, Interesting)

nweaver (113078) | more than 5 years ago | (#27801971)

Use self-powered USB drives, and have this be your server. Yes, its boring, but that way its a server with a built-in UPS!

Somebody Had to Ask It... (1, Insightful)

squidguy (846256) | more than 5 years ago | (#27801987)

Sorry this happened to you, but why the fsck did you check a laptop? You are lucky to have gotten it back at all, even with the broken screen.

Re:Somebody Had to Ask It... (4, Insightful)

Rachel Lucid (964267) | more than 5 years ago | (#27802065)

Yeah... on the list of "Stupid Ways to Get Your Laptop Stolen", we have:

#8: "Oh, it's okay, my friend's watching it"
#7: Leave it in the car
#6: Pass out at a frat house
#5: Two words: Finals Week
#4: Take a leak while "telecommuting" at Starbucks
#3: Work for a government agency
#2: Check your laptop with your airplane luggage
#1: Put child porn on it. (for a legal alternative, your social security number will also do.)

Seriously, to actually trust TSA to be doing their job 100% of the time and NOT screw with your valuables? You're nuts.

eBay (1)

PhasmatisApparatus (1086395) | more than 5 years ago | (#27801991)

The chances are good that someone out there has that same laptop with a bad motherboard and a good scree; check eBay.

free mac-mini... (1)

Grey Haired Luser (148205) | more than 5 years ago | (#27801993)

I muse my broken-screen ibook as a "mac mini" for the
kids. Plug in a USB hub; keyboard/mouse and a screen.

It works beautifully.

HTPC (1)

sustik (90111) | more than 5 years ago | (#27802007)

Use it as an HTPC in a streaming mythfrontend/mythbackend setup.

eBay to get the parts (3, Insightful)

erroneus (253617) | more than 5 years ago | (#27802009)

Quite often, the parts you need are available on eBay especially if you use a Dell. (Availability of parts is the #1 reason I recommend Dell, not because they are "better." The #2 reason is because new Dell laptops almost always have accidental damage coverage available as a purchase option in the warranty... accidents happen, BUY IT! By the way, Apple computer does NOT sell accidental damage warranty coverage. If you buy an Apple, make sure you get it through a 3rd party vendor that does offer it or never buy Apple laptops...they are too expensive for accidents.)

The position of the airlines is 100% correct. There should be a certain level of abuse that passengers should absolutely expect. If you don't expect it, then you are an idiot and need to learn the hard way. CARRY ON anything you believe to be valuable and/or breakable.

Its called a half-lap-top (4, Interesting)

3seas (184403) | more than 5 years ago | (#27802011)

I used one to teach myself AutoCAD on.

Was a bench carpenter for 27 years and decided I was getting to old for the sawdust.
A co-worker had given me a busted lap top and and so I got a monitor I'd leave at the shop with my toolbox but would take the half-lap-top home with me.
I'd study Autocad during lunch...

Now I work in the cad deparment programming CNC routers and doing construction drawings for some stuff some may thing is cool.

Infinite Dimensions [id3group.com]

So there is certainly a place for half-lap-tops... especially with the low cost flat screen today.

DefenseSupportParty? (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 5 years ago | (#27802017)

DefenseSupportParty...checks in laptop on the plane....have you guys been using the Qantas lounge computers [wikipedia.org] again?

Do you have a VGA connector in the back (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27802027)

Do you have a VGA connector (or whatever that newer type of connector is called) on the back of your laptop computer? If so then perhaps you could hook up an external monitor. Perhaps you had already thought of that and that is why you are asking what you should do with that computer. You could probably find a used 17-inch CRT monitor for under $50.

I don't know what to suggest using the computer for, although there are various possibilities.

transparent proxy cache for porn! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27802029)

Has the added advantage if the power goes out - you still have porn!

...and what if the video card is fried, too? (0, Offtopic)

DoctorNathaniel (459436) | more than 5 years ago | (#27802033)

I've got a case like this: an Apple powerbook with a blown video chip. I can't afford to repair it, but it might be useful (as I can always boot it up with remote desktop software).

So: no hooking it to a TV or a monitor, unless you can do that through USB or firewire.

Suggestions?

no screen (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27802059)

Insurance?

wifi captive gateway?

Name the airline. (0, Flamebait)

Lendrick (314723) | more than 5 years ago | (#27802071)

Seems like they deserve the bad publicity.

Been there... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27802095)

I've been in a similar situation before. Although it was my own fault xD.
It's running as small web/backup mail server now.
I've considered hooking it to a TV and making it a media centre, but then I realized I'd have to get a TV first so sod it.

Carputer (5, Interesting)

f1vlad (1253784) | more than 5 years ago | (#27802103)

How about you setup this laptop in a trunk of your car and run some wires to the dash. Instead of radio deck, you could put touch screen and have a thing called "carputer". You can find more info here: mp3car.com [mp3car.com] .

Use as a robotics framework! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27802113)

You could build an autonomous mobile robot with stereo computer vision embedded...

Play area... (3, Interesting)

robateastridge (50501) | more than 5 years ago | (#27802123)

I did the same thing with a laptop several years ago. I ended up putting Ubuntu on it and used it as a server for a few websites (Plone/Zope, MRTG, NTP, DNS/DHCP) and some other things at home. Works well, is quiet and tucks away nicely.

Alternately, I hear that vSphere will have better hardware compability/support, so you might be able to fit v4 on it and run several VMs of your choice.

Had the same time (1)

Onyma (1018104) | more than 5 years ago | (#27802125)

I had a laptop here, fairly new unit with a dead screen. I ended up putting it in my media center and hooking it up to my LCD TV with a Logitech wireless keyboard. Makes a really nice little surfing machine / Video player / DVD burner / etc. while sitting on my couch and it takes up almost no room in my media cabinet.

get creative (2, Interesting)

spywhere (824072) | more than 5 years ago | (#27802141)

Build a floor stand with an arm for a VESA-mount flat-panel monitor. (I've seen great articulating mounts for $50 at BJ's and Costco). Clamp the laptop to the stand near the bottom as part of the counterweights, and add a wireless keyboard & mouse combo.

The result: a computer that sits next to a recliner.

If you don't want it when you're done, take it to the nearest senior center or retirement home and plug it in there...

Got firewire and HD cable? (1)

Chris Snook (872473) | more than 5 years ago | (#27802149)

In the US, HD cable providers are required by the FCC to give you a receiver with firewire output if you ask. You may have all the hardware you need for mythTV, without even buying a tuner card.

Why unnamed? (2, Insightful)

shentino (1139071) | more than 5 years ago | (#27802169)

If you let the world know the name of the airline that ripped you off, could we not boycott them?

I'm sure damaging a customer's gear and then refusing to pay for the damage will look REAL good for PR...

So why not complain?

Are you a sheep?

That's what you get... (5, Funny)

Jawbreaker4Fs (974108) | more than 5 years ago | (#27802177)

That's what you get for traveling on an unnamed airline.

Re:That's what you get... (1)

falken0905 (624713) | more than 5 years ago | (#27802293)

It's not exactly unnamed. It's all white with no markings of any kind except the tail number. And it flies out to a 'special' little place in the Nevada desert every day carrying unnamed people to 'special' unnammed jobs. Ask Art Bell, he'll explain it all.

The Grid! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27802213)

Donate it to 'The Grid' for the good of science.

http://www.worldcommunitygrid.org/

"World Community Grid's mission is to create the largest public computing grid benefiting humanity. Our work is built on the belief that technological innovation combined with visionary scientific research and large-scale volunteerism can change our world for the better. Our success depends on individuals - like you - collectively contributing their unused computer time to this not-for-profit endeavor."

That's what you get (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27802231)

for flying an unnamed airline. I always choose brand-name travel at 30,000 feet.

Tell you what (2, Funny)

Legion303 (97901) | more than 5 years ago | (#27802247)

If you don't have the imagination to figure this one out, send it to me and I'll do the thinking.

OpenBSD CARP Cluster... (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27802253)

OpenBSD CARP Cluster, with built-in UPS... Clustered Firewall, DHCPd, Samba, NFS, httpd, ftpd, sftpd/sshd, etc.

Two words: (2, Funny)

bmacs27 (1314285) | more than 5 years ago | (#27802257)

Steam Punk.

Carputer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27802291)

One made up word Carputer =0)

That is a computer in your car... get a nice liliput display, a receiver with aux inputs, and a usb based gps. Beyond that theres a few os options to look at. If you have the iPhone like I do or a comparable product look at Adhoc setups to allow internet connection on the road.

Good luck

Upgrade! (2, Insightful)

LtBombb (987083) | more than 5 years ago | (#27802329)

Take advantage of the situation. Install a touchscreen.

Unnamed, indeed (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27802333)

Why not name the airline, you anonymous coward ?

Answer a centuries old question . . . (4, Funny)

UnknowingFool (672806) | more than 5 years ago | (#27802339)

Will it blend?

Get a screen reader, or become a novelist ... (0)

MacTO (1161105) | more than 5 years ago | (#27802345)

Install a screen reader and get the experience of a blind person using a computer. If you're the type of person who writes software or designs websites, you may gain a few insights into your job.

Or try writing something that requires a lot of focus. Some writers suggest turning off the screen to help maintain focus on the writing process (avoid premature editing, formatting, layout, etc.).

Yeah, I know these are just "interesting" experiments. But at least you have a bit of motivation to try them.

Blind (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27802367)

Give it to a blind person in need of a laptop - perhaps to a charity that works with the blind.

Carputer... (4, Interesting)

Glove d'OJ (227281) | more than 5 years ago | (#27802371)

Why not install a touchscreen 7" monitor in your dash, and have a carputer? Mount the reasonably powerful laptop w/broken screen in the trunk, wire it in to a power supply, attach a USB GPS antenna, and go from the audio out to the amp / speakers?

All the MP3s you can store, instant access to the OBD-II information, "free" GPS, and (with Backtrack III or the like), war-driving capability. Have it get email from your wireless access point and read it to you on the way to work. Keep a copy of the local yellow pages on the drive, and look up the nearest Cuban restaurant.

There are a lot of great "front ends" out there, and most all of them are skinnable to your heart's content.

Hope that this helps / is something in which you might have interest.

http://www.mp3car.com/ [mp3car.com]

Meh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27802375)

Slow news day? How does shit like this make the front page? Who cares what you do with a broken laptop. You've already proven you're a moron - how much more ridicule do you actually want?

how about a mythbox? (1)

mark-t (151149) | more than 5 years ago | (#27802383)

[NT]
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