Black Lives Matter - Action and Equality. ... Adafruit is open and shipping.

Vintage Computing: The iconic Apple Mac SE/30 turns 30 #VintageComputing #RetroComputing #Apple #Mac #MacSE

Mac SE/30 #VintageComputing

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):

For instance, a fellow in Australia recently added wifi to the SE/30, complete with a system extension that lets you pick the network just like on a modern Mac. – code on GitHub at

And more recently the same guy built a Spotify player for the SE/30, complete with album covers.

You can get a *touchscreen* for the SE/30, allowing your finger to act as the mouse. This is not recent hardware either, it’s actually from the early 90s. YouTube

You could get video cards to add a second monitor to the SE/30. One of the cards (the Micron Xceed) can even convert the quaint internal 1-bit display into full greyscale.

See more modding in this twitter post

And if you are looking to make or mod your machine, see thingiverse for a bunch of models. Love the SE? Let us know your passion in the comments below.

We are angry, frustrated, and in pain because of the violence and murder of Black people by the police because of racism. We are in the fight AGAINST RACISM. George Floyd was murdered, his life stolen. The Adafruit teams have specific actions we’ve done, are doing, and will do together as a company and culture. We are asking the Adafruit community to get involved and share what you are doing. The Adafruit teams will not settle for a hash tag, a Tweet, or an icon change. We will work on real change, and that requires real action and real work together. That is what we will do each day, each month, each year – we will hold ourselves accountable and publish our collective efforts, partnerships, activism, donations, openly and publicly. Our blog and social media platforms will be utilized in actionable ways. Join us and the anti-racist efforts working to end police brutality, reform the criminal justice system, and dismantle the many other forms of systemic racism at work in this country, read more @

Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.

Join 20,000+ makers on Adafruit’s Discord channels and be part of the community!

Have an amazing project to share? The Electronics Show and Tell is every Wednesday at 7pm ET! To join, head over to YouTube and check out the show’s live chat – we’ll post the link there.

Join us every Wednesday night at 8pm ET for Ask an Engineer!

Follow Adafruit on Instagram for top secret new products, behinds the scenes and more

CircuitPython – The easiest way to program microcontrollers –

Maker Business — To make it through a tough business cycle, layoffs should be a last resort

Wearables — Battery wars

Electronics — Build It!

Python for Microcontrollers — Python on Microcontrollers Newsletter: New Hardware, Python Releases and Much More! #Python #Adafruit #CircuitPython @circuitpython @micropython @ThePSF

Adafruit IoT Monthly — BLE Store Capacity Indicator, Aquarium Automation, and more!

Microsoft MakeCode — MakeCode Arcade Game Garden Jam!

EYE on NPI — Maxim’s Himalaya uSLIC Step-Down Power Module #EyeOnNPI @maximintegrated @digikey

New Products – Adafruit Industries – Makers, hackers, artists, designers and engineers! — New Products 7/29/20 featuring Black LED Diffusion Acrylic Panel 12″ x 12″ – 0.1″ / 2.6mm thick! @adafruit #adafruit #newproducts

Get the only spam-free daily newsletter about wearables, running a "maker business", electronic tips and more! Subscribe at !

No Comments

No comments yet.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.