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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Missing LOTS of info
by MrChuck on Thu 17th Jul 2003 06:21 UTC

As the steward of 2 cubes and a slab...

Yes, it sold for $10k (or didn't sell much).
They were selling it mainly through schools (to people who had no money).
Then they made a deal to sell it through BUSINESS LAND. Computer illiterate
folks (who hand carried RAM across static-y carpets).
Businessland sales people sold lots of PCs - easier to sell and explain - and some NeXTs.

Part of the costs came from the fact that the cube was a perfect cube, not an easy
to mold almost cube. And it was black. Beige covers lots of flaws.
And it was titanium. So it ended up so the cases were only MAKABLE in a midwest union shop that (cube) had a large number of failures per successful case.

In the end, they went through MILLIONS of dollars and delivered 50,000 NeXTs.
Number that the .com boom might echo 10 years later. Visionary indeed.

Oh, and I know Sun offered a "trade in" of a next + cash to get a Sparc 10.
It was claimed they crushed the NeXTs. Nice Sun. Keep unix away from schools
where the students might learn Unix rather than Windows. Visionary.