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I was recently interviewed by Giles Turnbull of Cult of Mac who had seen my SE/30 and Newton photo on Flickr. I felt especially honored that Giles decided to run this article on these classic Apple machines.

UPDATE: How funny. I became a new member just today and after posting my blog entry, I decided to listen to the latest Episode 92 RetroMac podcast. Toward the end, I was surprised to hear my name mentioned! Of course, it was about the Cult of Mac article. Actually, the SE/30 is not our primary computer, but we do get good use out of it when the G4 Cube is busy. My 5 year old loves to paint in B&W on that tiny screen, and she absolutely loves The Manhole too. I personally get a kick out of being able to run OS 8.1 on it, which is something the SE/30 wasn't designed for (I can do that because I have a IIsi ROM inside).

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Tags: Apple, Mac, Macintosh, Newton, SE/30, SE30

Comment by James on October 25, 2008 at 2:45pm
I was going to try to write to Giles to thank him for covering the retro Mac scene, but I didn't see a way to contact him directly through the website. Also, I was going to see if he wanted to write an article on our little podcast to help spread the word. Perhaps you could pass my name along to him?
Comment by Kathryn on October 26, 2008 at 1:50am
I too would love to the the SE/30 running OS 8.1. That is mind blowing, what you were able to do with this little machine.
Comment by James Wages on October 26, 2008 at 5:02am
James, I'll send Giles an email. I agree, it would be great to have RetroMacCast covered on the Cult of Mac.

Kathryn, thanks for your comment. The SE/30 is by far the most powerful compact Mac made, and that remains true even when comparing it to newer compacts like the Classic and Classic II. The SE/30's PDS slot is what opens the doors to an enormous number of upgrade possibilities (including cards with pass-thru slots like my DiiMO, which let you add multiple cards to the PDS bus internally. The only down side to the SE/30 (as is the case with many older Macs) is that you will need to replace the capacitors on the logic board. I cover this extensively in various posts on 68kMLA. (I go by "JDW" there.)
Comment by Ken on October 26, 2008 at 11:13pm
Congrats and welcome to RMC. I commented on this flickr photo and was surprised to hear about it on #92.
Comment by Kathryn on October 27, 2008 at 10:37pm
OH my, I think replacing capacitors is a little out of my scope of practice just yet. But, hey, I was really good a soldering once upon a time. I have been to the Liberation Army site, that is a great site, but I haven't been in a while. I have an SE, but I don't think it's an SE/30. It's down due to a dead HD right now and I need to get it replaced. I hope that's all that wrong. But, it's been in it's Apple bag so long I don't remember for sure which it is, but pretty sure it's a regular SE. I will, at some point get ahold of a SE/30, it's on my list.

I have a Newton that I had paired to my TAM, but I think I'm going to do what Chance (I think) said he is going to be doing and pair it to my Pismo since it's a little easier to get around.

I'm with your 5 yr/old and the black and white screen. It's a very sharp and clear screen, nice to look at even without the colors.

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