Vintage Computing: The iconic Apple Mac SE/30 turns 30 #VintageComputing #RetroComputing #Apple #Mac #MacSE
This week the iconic Mac SE/30 turned 30 years old. Some folks, like Wired Magazine and MacWorld, have even written about the SE/30 being perhaps the best Mac of all time. John Gruber writes:
The Macintosh SE/30 was the pinnacle of the original Mac hardware design. It looked much like its predecessors, but it was far faster—the first all-in-one Mac where the software could really sing. The specs seem silly by modern standards—like the 40MB hard drive and the 9-inch black-and-white screen with only 512 by 342 pixels. But like any great Mac, the SE/30 wasn’t a terrific system just when it debuted; it remained eminently usable for years to come. When I think of the original Mac era, the machine in my mind is the SE/30.
There was a time when every new Macintosh equaled or bettered all aspects of every previous model. The Macintosh SE/30 came along very close to the end of that era, representing the apex of the original Macintosh form factor. Sporting every bit as much horsepower as the phenomenally expensive Macintosh IIx, the SE/30 was like a V12 engine shoehorned into a Honda Civic.
These days, we place the Mac SE into the Vintage Computing class – a machine that, if we run it, it’s out of love and respect. So it’s very natural that there have been some really great modern updates to this machine. Via Nick Punt (Twitter):
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