Nothing lasts forever, and one day your favourite Apple kit must go to the great Apple Store in the sky. However, some owners don’t believe that the death of a Mac should be the end of a Mac. Their Macs aren’t just stuffed and stuck in a corner, though. They’re reincarnated, reborn in new forms designed to keep that happy-Mac feeling alive.
It’s rather fitting that the products being reborn and recycled are Apple ones: after all, Steve Jobs’ own spiritual path, Buddhism, teaches about impermanence but also rebirth and renewal. Jobs himself is pro-recycling too: as he recalls, in his pre-Apple days at Reed College, Jobs “returned Coke bottles for the five cent deposits to buy food with.”
Keep reading as we discover the incredible ways Apple owners are helping their Macs to live on.
1. Fancy dress
2. In your living room
The iMac G3 is a classic for all kinds of reasons: it was the first Mac to banish the beige, the floppy drive and adopt USB – and, of course, it marked the beginning of Apple’s resurgence following the return of Steve Jobs in the late 1990s.
Sadly, the iMac G3 isn’t much use as a computer today, so why not turn it into a talking point instead? Oxfordshire-based company MacTechnology has created a range of conversion kits that can turn the iMac G3 and other Apple computers into occasional tables and desks – they’re all available to buy from the MacTechnology website. You don’t even need any tools or glue to assemble!
3. On your desktop
To paraphrase the M&S ad, this is no ordinary Kleenex box; this is a $2,500 Kleenex box. When Mike Hathaway was dumping some old work equipment, he spotted somebody else getting shot of some G4 Cubes. “I couldn’t let them sit there and go to the recycler and certain doom,” he writes. “So I’ve modified one to sit on the table in my office and dispense tissues.”
Fancy something more practical? Randall Littleton (www.randalllittleton.com) makes iMacs into interesting things such as clocks and angle-poise lamps. An iMac lamp is yours for just $125. Why does it remind us of the opening credits of every Pixar film? Steve Jobs would be proud…
4. As a clock
One of the simplest, most useful and most attractive ways to reuse an old Mac is to drill a hole in it. Mac clocks are everywhere online, with sites such as Etsy.com showcasing all kinds of good-looking Mac clocks. We particularly like Stuff Made From Stuff’s designs: using an Apple mouse as a pendulum is a witty touch that makes us grin whenever we look at it.
5. As a home for your pets
Christmas tree Jim Lower built his first Macquarium in 1995 by sticking a two-and-a-half-gallon fish tank in a Mac 512kE case. It looked great, but the tank burst. The mark II model was more successful, and it still lives on as a colourful planter – more of that in a moment.So what are you waiting for go and bring your dead Mac back to life.