Turn your tripod into a notebook stand
The Desktop PC mount is a good way to make use of your tripod other than for supporting for a camera. Just take care not to load it with heavy items.
Japanese peripheral maker Thanko is known for making some useful products such as the, but the company is also infamous for developing novelty items like the that buzzes when you receive a call on your cell phone. The company's latest innovation, unfortunately, falls into the latter class.
Sporting an aluminum frame with a tripod socket at the bottom, the Desktop PC mount can be attached to any tripod and used to secure a notebook, thus acting like a podium for the budget-conscious. There are two elastic bands and a ledge to secure your laptop on the frame, but it certainly doesn't look quite as reliable.
Also, tripod heads have a maximum weight they can support. So, if you're using a heavy notebook on the frame, you might damage the tripod head.
Still, it's a good way to make use of your tripod other than for supporting for a camera. Just take care not to load it with heavy items. The Desktop PC mount can be had for 1,980 yen, or $20, on Thanko's Web site.