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Macintosh Plus browsing the Internet

The Macintosh Plus was a master computer in its day. It’s been almost 30 years since it saw the light of day in 1986 , but that doesn’t mean it can’t keep up with today’s speeds and technologies. That’s what Jeff Keacher thought when he came up with the idea of resurrecting his Macintosh Plus with one clear objective: to be able to surf the Internet with it.

Obviously it was not an easy task, first he had to change some parts that no longer worked, such as the power adapter for the hard disk. Then he needed to figure out how to connect it to the network. Since neither the hardware was compatible nor the software either .

Macintosh Plus browsing the InternetMacintosh Plus browsing the Internet

For the subject of hardware as it could not be connected either by Wi-Fi – we are in 1986 gentlemen – or by Ethernet as the Macintosh Plus did not have it, it had to connect it via the PPP port of the computer through a series of adapters to reach a Rapsberry Pi previously modified to channel all the power of the Internet and transmit it to the Macintosh Plus.

Regarding the software Jeff Keacher found through several FTP servers the browser they used at that time: MacWeb 2.0 But of course, it needed to be adapted to understand the current Internet protocols. So once again an external program was in charge of channeling and eliminating all unnecessary data or those that MacWeb did not understand. This meant no JavaScript or CSS for example, so the websites were going to look very, very basic.

Once everything was adapted Jeff Keacher managed to surf the Internet with his Macintosh Plus , but he claims that it is slow, tremendously slow. To give you an idea, it takes about 6 minutes to load a page. You can see it in the following video:

Be that as it may, it’s amazing that a computer with 4MB of RAM , 100MB of storage, 8MHz MC68000 CPU and running System 7.0 is capable of opening a web page and is even readable. Small wonders of technology.