Okay. Situation. I have a spare computer. It runs Linux (to be specific, Xubuntu 7.10, but headless - without screen or keyboard/mouse). It is old (433 Mhz, 256MB RAM). It does not have internet access, but might have in the future if I find a solution to get it onto wireless (not easy under Linux). It can get temporary internet with my laptop working as router, though. Now, what to do with it?
What I'm currently working on:
*private LAMP server to test web development skills [done]
*SVN server [done]
*webcam motion detection
*text to speech [50% done]
*combine previous three into watchdog/personal assistant/whatever ("computer, music!")
Any other ideas? The wackier the idea, the better. The more things it combines, the better. Ideas involving internet are welcome too, though that's a future item. Note that I'm heavily routered, though, so I won't have direct internet access. Some internet ideas to get you in the thinking mood:
*web scraper for something, patrolling the forum for posts by Idiota and searching phrases to take out of context
*combine previous two for an IRC bot that directly posts stuff into the funniest quotes from IRC. Hmm, I don't think that would work.
*Jabber (or other IM) bot that anyone from the internet can give a command that makes my computer yell "YOU ARE A CUNT" at me. I wonder how popular that would be.
Add yours. Please, your imagination is the limit. Well, next to my time and money and parents.
I wonder if there is tactile input for computers. Like, a punching bag that would give a signal to the computer when it is hit. I would *love* hearing it scream. Oh well, I have my Wii for that. Hmm.
Dammit. I can keep going at this. Your turn.