Yesterday, I went to my brother's house to pick up some books I needed to read, and he told me he had been given a dead eMac.
I checked the serial number on the machine, and it's not covered by the eMac warranty extension. The machine starts up (I get the typical mac sound), the CD drive spins and probably reads, and the mouse and keyboard seem to work... but the CRT gets no power and probably no signal. What I've seen on threads that I read about this issue, is that it's pretty much not worth the hassle or money to fix the machine.
The Apple service people told my brother's friends the same thing.
So, with this being a community with plenty of hackers, and with my brother's permission to do pretty much anything (I get to keep the machine!), if anyone has a creative idea of what to do with this thing, it'll be very welcome.
If any of the components can be salvaged and given any better use, that would also rock.