writing hardware?

Found myself using an old router as a note writing pad thing..
Perhaps this could be an interesting way to do stuff? What is the tech is broken and functions are written on it? To repair? To make it organic?
What if this is old tech, working but with a big Hey.. ..and it is to be donated to people who can do with it..? Is this a more way interesting/challenging for imagining art processes..?

http://www.computers4africa.org.uk/appeals/view_appeal.php?id=35