In a blazing display of doing anything to keep from doing what I really should be doing, last Sunday I spent installed Ubuntu on every old pc I have laying around (to be fair, on two out of three; the third will get ubuntu-fied next week-end). Why would I have a bunch of pc's laying around that I haven't used in months, or even years? I am not a hoarder, really, but I probably bump up against that designation. I keep my fair share of stuff that I think might be useful for something other than its intended or original use. Like old pc's.
So anyway, I installed Ubuntu on an old Toshiba Satellite laptop that has a whopping 11 gb internal hard disk, with 10 gigs to spare. If anyone has any idea how I might use this pc, please shout out. I ordered a wireless dongle for this machine and, if it works, will order the same for the other, a generic old 40 gb box that served me well for several years when it was new. I am looking for a special use for that pc, too. Maybe a way to control the lights or appliances in my house. Any ideas?