27 Year Old Mac Plus Hacked to Browse the Web [Video]

27 Year Old Mac Plus Hacked to Browse the Web [Video]

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Jeff Keacher has managed to successfully hack a 27 year old Mac Plus to browse the Web.

The Mac Plus features a 8 MHz CPU, 4 MB RAM, 50 MB hard drive, and 512 x 342 pixel black-and-white screen. To accomplish his goals, Keacher needed a web browser, a TCP/IP stack, and some way to connect the computer to his home network.

The web browser was relatively easy for him to find. MacWeb 2.0 was old enough to run on the Plus and new enough to render HTML and speak HTTP.

Getting the computer to hook up to the network was harder. For the hardware, Keacher ended up connecting a Raspberry Pi to his router and using a level shifter and some old adapters he was able to get a serial cable working between the Pi and the Mac. For the software, he was able to get MacTCP to talk to MacPPP, MacPPP to talk to SLiRP, and SLiRP to use the Ethernet connection.

Unfortunately, MacWeb didn't offer support for hostnames, HTTPS, cookies, and CSS. Keacher contacted his friend Tyler about the problem and Tyler was able to whip up a filtering proxy solution using Python, Requests, Flask, and Beautiful Soup.

Although surfing is unbelievable slow, in the end it's actually possible to browse the Web on a 27 year old Mac Plus.

Take a look below...

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27 Year Old Mac Plus Hacked to Browse the Web [Video]

27 Year Old Mac Plus Hacked to Browse the Web [Video]

27 Year Old Mac Plus Hacked to Browse the Web [Video]

27 Year Old Mac Plus Hacked to Browse the Web [Video]
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PangOS - December 16, 2013 at 7:24am
Why is this called a 'hack'? In 1996 my first internet experience was on my Mac Plus. Though used with a PPP connection and an analog modem, Same Web browser (there were others, but the only one that allowed for loading web images without Color QuickDraw and more RAM). The LocalTalk hardware a I acquired after, allowed me to connect to Ethernet networks. To this day I can take the Mac Plus out of its storage and recreate the experience. Nothing new here.
Ipadguy - December 16, 2013 at 6:49am
Why spend any time effort and money into making some old as shit do something it didn't be for, spend that productivity and make something new be better! Do you have like nothing to do with your life then to make a trash-can into a computer? that some gay ass PC nerdy shit... This is a blog for rumors you can't have a rumor about an old ass computer doing something our phone do easy as pie now a days! And that's not a rumor it's a fact. I hate this site nothing but people bitching about shit. nothing but people talking about things that have nothing to do with the articles, nothing to do with rumors or even Apple! just really stupid people on the site
K - December 16, 2013 at 12:00pm
Tony is the one who always rants on 24/7 over android being better than apple everytime there is a chart post over who is doing better, it's his fault he is a father of trolls, the reason everyone is whiny as fck! Such a jealous souless fckhurt scum!
Tony - December 16, 2013 at 2:12pm
K- Whats a matter cant you come with something real to me... You bring family into this. if you have something to say, say it to me you dumb f*ck. Everyone knows its you Steve Blowjob. Why dont you come here in my face and say it, so I can break it into two. If you have the guts, now show the f*ck up. Because you dont know jack shit about technology. You talk like u know something, but you dont, so do us all a favour get lost from this forums or take a long stick and shove it up your ass, this way, you'll enjoy it more, because you like it when a guy gives it to you from the back.
K - December 16, 2013 at 9:07pm
Don't even try with your desperate believable shit you just use as an example, we know where your mouth has been since the birth of bony fag! Look back at your comments and replies. Tony: galaxy screen is big because iphones are too tiny to read on. Other guy: Tony I can read right off a 4" screen, if not then you have to get your eyes checked. Tony: apple paid this article to be post, obviously fake. Other guy: does this mean your comments are paid by samsung or iClarified was paid by the government? What about your brain, how was it paid. All you do is waste your time in your mommy's basement for a chart to be posted and then you get the last damn word over what you start like everything you care about is victory such as right now even if you reply, iClarified deleting your rambling pimp talk proves it and hiw, look back at your last few comments lazy arse.
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