Itching to do something with that dead Macintosh Portable in your closet? Then maybe you will be inspired by this video of a mod, spotted by Engadget, that brings OS X to this late 80s machine.

This DIY project is as great on the outside as it is on the inside. For starters, the casing of the Portable houses a Toshiba NB100 netbook running OS X. The original keyboard is painstakingly rewired using 300 individual soldering points that connect it to a USB controller pulled from a Dell.

There’s also an optical USB mouse that replaces the ball mouse. Though upgraded, the mouse still connects to the back of the computer using the original cable. A cordless drill battery provides power to the machine, which now has some modern features such as WiFi connectivity.

It’s an impressive reuse of a classic computer that the maker says is “a great café computer.” You can check out the modded machine in the video below.

Macintosh Portable case mod is bulky, fantastic originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Tue, 20 Nov 2012 10:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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