I’m involved in retro computing so think I have an understanding of it. I remember when the Apple II, Commodore PET and TRS-80 were new.
My career has included writing software for computers such as the Apple II and Commodore 64. That job allowed me to see a Macintosh on the day that it was announced.
When the first issues of AmigaWorld and MacWorld magazines were published I purchased them.
Our house has a number of (color) Macs and I am using one now.
By the way the black and white screen and UI is part of the charm of these machines.
The early Macs have a 9 inch black and white screen with a resolution of 512 x 342.
9 inch black and white screens were common enough on early Apple IIs. Consequent green screens were larger.
At the Amiga 30th Event, Ron Nicholson mentioned that when he was at Apple, Steve Jobs had said that the Mac would never have color.
Why do Mac people need an accelerator? The same reason you use an Amiga in 2017 nostalgia and curiosity that's all.
Accelerators are created for software that is too slow to be usable.
The Vampire has ignited interest because it allows an Amiga to be used for some of today’s computing.
Amiga users are extremely determined and innovative people, which is subject deserves a post by itself. Mac users don’t come anywhere near this.
Whenever people get a vintage machine they almost always want to max out the specs to extend the range of possibilities. What fun is a Macintosh Plus with 1MB or 4MB of RAM or with a 68000 running at 8MHz and a 20MB HDD (if you're lucky)?
For the casual reader, maxing out a Mac Plus isn’t difficult because it has:
- 2 serial ports (one can be connected to LocalTalk)
- A floppy drive port (can support the HD20 hard drive)
You’ve described the machine with charm and now it’s no fun?!
Now I understand: You want an SE/30. For the casual readers:
- The Mac Plus was the first usable Macintosh. It was the first personal computer to have a built in SCSI port. The Amiga was announced before the Mac Plus.
- The SE/30 has a 16Mhz 68030 and FPU. It has two internal drive bays, one usually has a SCSI drive. It has a Processor Direct Slot allowing for upgrades.
I would hope that most Mac Plus owners who want a faster machine would buy one - they’re affordable now.
People want to see a 500HP V8 in a Austin Mini that is what makes it fun.
The value of having a computer is using software.
Using an accelerator just to get a better benchmark number is a stunt, a gimmick.
A 500HP V8 Mini can only be fun when there’s a good stretch of road to drive it on.