The Mac Plus is a 27-year-old computer. It’s specs include an 8MHz CPU,4MB RAM, and a black-and-white display with a 512 x 342 resolution. This thing could never access the modern web, could it?
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27 years later, the Mac Plus hooks up with the World Wide Web

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The Mac Plus is a 27-year-old computer. It’s specs include an 8MHz CPU,4MB RAM, and a black-and-white display with a 512 x 342 resolution. This thing could never access the modern web, could it? The short answer is yes, it could, but it ain’t pretty.

Jeff Keacher tackled the problem head-on, finding some aspects more difficult than others. Finding the necessary software — a browser and and TCP/IP stack — was easy. Rigging up the Mac Plus to ethernet via a frankensteined connection to the PCs serial port (with a Raspberry Pi in-between)? Not so much.

But Keacher managed to make it work, and the result is about what you would expect from a machine the age of the Mac Plus. Websites loaded, links worked, but things were excruciatingly slow and more than a bit janky. A hack worthy of pursuing on your own? Probably not, especially if you don’t already have a Mac Plus sitting around.

[via Keacher]

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