This Is Hacking! Vintage Macintosh Portable Now Runs OS X [Video]

This Is Hacking! Vintage Macintosh Portable Now Runs OS X [Video]

Ah, the venerable old Macintosh Portable. First introduced in 1989, the $6,500 wasn’t just a milestone in that it was the first battery-powered portable Mac, but it was also the first laptop ever used to send an email in space.

I’ve always been fond of the cute, suitcase-y design of the Portable Macintosh, so I’m delighted to see that some industrious hacker has given it a new life by gutting it and transplanting the innards of a Toshiba NB100 netbook inside. Some truly advanced soldering later, and you have, for all appearances, a pristine Macintosh Portable that can also run OS X Mountain Lion.

Check out this full video tour…

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  • Aaron

    Why do I always see Reddit articles posted here hours after I see them on Reddit?

  • lambaline

    that’s awesome!

  • CharilaosMulder

    Great work! I’d love to see the Macintosh 128k run mountain lion.

  • brownlee

    Why do I always see Reddit articles posted here hours after I see them on Reddit?

    Just an informed guess: because we read Reddit?

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