Today in Apple history: Macintosh SE/30 makes good on Mac’s promise

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The Mac SE/30 was the greatest Mac of its generation.
The Mac SE/30 was the greatest Mac of its generation.
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January 19: Today in Apple history January 19, 1989: Apple introduces the Macintosh SE/30, arguably the greatest of the classic black-and-white compact Macs.

The SE/30 boasts a 16-MHz 68030 processor, either 40MB or 80MB hard drive, and a choice of 1MB or 4MB of RAM as standard — which, amazingly, can be expanded up to a whopping 128MB. Oh, and it packs a 1.4 MB SuperDrive, too.

When you picture the ideal 1980s Macintosh, this is likely the machine that comes to mind. And for good reason!

Macintosh SE/30 Resurrected As A Server And Mac Emulator

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This is a huge hack: a plucky modder has resurrected a Macintosh SE/30 using a Seagate Dockstar, a small Linux server running a 1.2GHz ARM processor, a few USB 2.0 ports and 128MB of RAM. Not only does it work as a server, but in runs a Mac emulator, and even the floppy drive works… but it reads SD cards mounted on a floppy-shaped protoboard instead of ancient 5.25 discs! He even restored the Mac to pristine condition by bathing it in chemicals to return it to its vintage, unyellowed color. Amazing!