Say hello to a teeny tiny working Mac

(Credit: John Leake/RetroMacCast)

It’s strange to think that less than 30 years after the release of the original Macintosh — then the cutting edge of consumer computing — the Mac’s been vastly outstripped by a small device that fits in your pocket.

So why not make a a tiny-size working Mac out of today’s gadgets? RetroMacCast‘s John Leake has done precisely that, scaling the machine down to one third of its original size, just 4.5 inches by 3 inches by 3.5 inches (which is still a heck of a lot chunkier than an iPod).

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He constructed its body out of white closed-cell PVC foam board called Sintra, using files and sandpaper to shape the bezels, and put in a 3.5-inch TFT LCD monitor.

To power it, he used a Raspberry Pi board running Raspbian, with the Mini vMac emulator on version 6.0.8 of the OS.

A four-port USB hub is mounted inside the mini Mac, with two ports … [Read more]

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