Displaying photos is becoming a strenuous task. With services such as Photobox, you can print your photos cheaply, but who wants a stack of paper anymore? Alternatively, you could go the digital photo frame route, but the price of these devices is a bit silly, for what it is.
Unless… Well, the answer is in the head-line, really. Why not make your own?
Chances are that you could procure a few-years-old laptop for little or no money, depending on the people you hang out with (no, I don’t mean your brother’s criminal mate, I mean how geeky people are. Jeez, you guys always think the worst of me! Honestly!).
Popular Science magazine recently ran a story on how it can be done…
The hardware: a four-year-old IBM laptop donated by PopSci’s IT department. Ask around and you’ll probably find a similar castoff machine, but if not, there are hundreds of suitable notebooks on eBay for less than $200—just about anything running Windows 2000 or better will suffice. You’ll also want to add Wi-Fi, either through a USB adapter or a PCMCIA card, so your mom can set the frame anywhere. (If the folks don’t have Wi-Fi, you can pick up a wireless router for about $20 online). To fit the screen’s nonstandard dimensions, I ordered a custom-made frame from americanframe.com, which offers hundreds of styles and materials and lets you visualize the matte and frame together before you hit ‘buy.’
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