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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by Tony B on Tue 15th Jul 2003 20:27 UTC

I was introduced to NeXT in 1996 when I went to work for an ISP called digitalNATION. Everyone had a NeXT workstation in addition to any other computer, such as a Mac of Windows PC(some only used NeXT). The entire operation ran on NeXTSTEP 3.3. Mail was NeXT Mail, which in 1993 was able to drag and drop and do all of the features that Microsoft "innovated" with Outlook many years later. When Windows was 3.1, NeXTSTEP was a swift graphical object-oriented environment that still beats Linux desktops. It's amazing what they were able to do with only 16 MB RAM (most of the slabs could only be busted out to 32 or 64 MB total worth of very expensive 30 pin SIMMS). Window movement was fast, especially considering it was a 68040 processor (and someones only a 68030) running at 25 or 33 MHz (the turbo models).

They never crashed and were virtually trouble free. It's amazing that NeXTMAIL on that hardware was as fast as Outlook is on modern hardware, while providing most of the same features. Unfortunately, OmniWeb was unusably slow, the only slow thing about that platform, I think because of the DisplayPostscript conversions.

The keyboard was one of my favorite parts. They certainly don't make them like they used it. It has such a nice tactile feel, they lasted forever and were a dream to use.