I love LifeHacker...that shouldn't come as a surprise. I mean...my life needs hacking. But today they have an excellent guide to breaking the status quo and making Christmas the time of year when, instead of replacing your old toys, you revive them!
Turn your XBox into a media player, beef up the firmware on your router, revive your old PC with Linux, or upgrade your current PC with simple instructions for RAM, hard drives, or even a new motherboard and CPU.
Suddenly what looks like an old Dell, an aged iPod, or a broken-down laptop becomes useful, powerful and Christmas-worthy!