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Say hello to a teeny tiny working Mac

RetroMacCast co-host John Leake has built a working, miniaturized replica of the original 1984 Mac. And it's terribly cute.

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).

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 facing out and two in. The two inward-facing ports are used for a Wi-Fi dongle and a Bluetooth dongle, and a two-port, 2.4-amp USB charger sits on top to power the Raspberry Pi and the monitor. An Ethernet port allows it to be connected to the Net via cable.

You can see more pictures of the mini-Mac on the RetroMacCast Web site here, and listen to Leake and co-host James Savage discuss the build on episode 298 of the show.

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(Source: Crave Australia via Cult of Mac)