Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 15th Jul 2003 18:26 UTC
OpenStep, GNUstep Every so often I have this urge (maybe more of an itch) to spend hours and hours on the web trying to find information about old, obsolete computers of the past. I am intrigued by the XEROX Alto and Star ('70s-'82), the Apple Lisa ('83) and, of course, CRAYs ('75-ish). These were revolutionary machines indeed, they wrote golden pages in the history of computing. In the end of the 1980s, a new innovative product was ready to ship, created by a bunch of people coming from Apple: The NeXT platform.
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My experiences with Next
by Anton Klotz on Tue 15th Jul 2003 20:19 UTC

About 4 years ago a friend of mine told me that he is able to get a Next Station. At that time I was already waiting for MacOSX and i thought it would be cool to see what Apple engineers are working on. So I got a Nextstation B&W one. Unfortunatelly the HD was damaged, so I searched for a source for Next hardware and was lucky enough to find a company located in my city, which had really sold me a HD with NextStep on it. But when I build that HD inside the Next and switched on, this sounded like a jet is flying next to my house. But the HD worked. I could play around with the software, surf the net, get in touch with the cool apps. But not longer than 15 minutes, because of the noise, after that period I got headaches :-). My favourite app was Mail. I could record voice mails, a feature that I still cannot find in widely used mail programs!!

After some time I could no longer stand the noise, so I sold the computer to someone who collects old computers just because of the great design and great history. He does not switch it on, so he has no noise.

That's my story. Now I own a Mac and I still wait for the moment when I have time to get in touch with Cocoa.

Anton