Any old computer can host a website, and now one enthusiast has taken that turn of phrase literally.
As first spotted on Boing Boing and Slashdot, on the frontiers of the world wide web one man is keeping the URL rhyal.com up on a Macintosh SE/30 running MacOS 7.5.5. Apple released the SE/30 in 1989, and the base model shipped with a 16 Mhz processor and 1MB of RAM. The computer I’m typing this on has a 4.2 GHz processor, and 32GB of RAM. By today’s standards, the SE/30 is seriously underpowered, but that doesn’t mean it’s worthless.
Linus is wrong about almost everything in the video and the one thing he’s right about, that the thermals prevent maximum performance, applies to similarly designed PCs as well, which makes it decidedly not a Mac thing at all.
“35 years ago, Macintosh said hello. It changed the way we think about computers and went on to change the world. We love the Mac, and today we’re proud that more people than ever are using it to follow their passions and create the future …”
Apple first teased the machine two days earlier in a Super Bowl commercial, 1984. Directed by Ridley Scott, it was aired exactly once on national television – which was enough. It was so dramatic that TV news channels featured it, giving it millions of dollars of free airtime.