I was poking around in what used to be the garage - now largely a storage unit (for that kind of space, rental at Public Storage would run you around $500 a month). I keep a lot of cables, fans, CPUs, and other parts down there, and I was looking for a cable (they do wear out). Found one, but also discovered a couple of 1080 dpi screens that I'd forgot about, nicely wrapped in plastic. The first is one of those dinky 18" units, which is fine for building a laptop, but the second was a nice stand-alone display, 32". Used to be part of a system I recycled. Totally forgot it was down there.
So I checked the caps - capacitors are the first things to punk out. Cool, everything works. Better yet, this display has cinema quality among the video settings. So I dusted that puppy off and took it upstairs, thinking I might be able to link it to a little netpad.
Yes, you can do that. It takes another trip down to the bone-yard for some more stuff to make the connection happen, but it can be done. I tested it out by running a segment of "Grimm" Not my favorite, but it's filmed in Portland, and my brother in-law has a recurring role in the show, so hey. Sure enough, there's Michael in pure cinema glory on a 1080 screen. Very cool. I also found a Bose surround system down there, so I tagged that in as well. There's now more screens and systems in my 5x8' computer area than most sci-fi shows even imagine.
You build enough systems, you end up with a lot of spare parts that you sort of forget about. Then one day, you surprise yourself.