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Old hard drive platters make wonderfully good drinks coasters - they look dead smart and expensive and you've stopped people reading your old data into the bargain.

Have you taped all your remotes together, peep-show-style? Have you wired your doorbell to the toilet? What enterprising DIY have you done with technology?

Extra points for using sellotape rather than solder.

(, Thu 20 Aug 2009, 12:30)
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PS2s surprisingly fixable. I had a really, really old one which had taken to the classic line of ‘I’m not reading anything, fuck off’. Cracked it open, blew all the dust away, fiddled with the laser calibration and tested for about half an hour, and hey presto! I sold it for £20 on Play. Plus PS2 controllers still fetch about a tenner each, and recent-ish games still command a respectable premium! Altogether I’ve made about £80 out of it, so don’t go binning that ancient PS2.
(, Mon 24 Aug 2009, 10:04, 1 reply)
I spent a summer working for a shop that fixed them in Cardiff
more often than not twiddling the little white sprocket by the laser got at least another 3 months life out of it.
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