Because simply having the keyboard in front of you and the laptop behind you is just plain impractical.
From the submitter:
I confess, this is my own work. I don't need much of a web-server, so when the old one died, I recycled an old netbook with the aid of a USB drive caddy. The gaffa tape was an added bonus to keep it all together - and prompted this submission.
I'm pretty jealous, TIFI's servers are about half this size and we haven't even been able to upgrade from Scotch tape yet.