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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NeXT Dimension Cube
by Alex Currier on Sun 20th Jul 2003 10:33 UTC

Back in the day I worked at the UT MicroCenter at the University of Texas in Austin... we had a NeXTDimension system on display on the floor which went largely unused because nobody understood a damn thing about it.

I used it quite a bit, however, and became so enamored with it that, on the day NeXT announced they would stop building hardware, I asked my boss if I could buy the ND system from the store.

They sold it to me... NeXTDimension with a 21" color display, internal Optical disk and external CD-ROM... for abou $1000. That's a 94% discount off the list price. I had to get that discount approval signed by about a dozen people before the stockroom guys would actually give it to me but boy was it worth it.

Of course, that cube is long gone now but whenever I get to feeling a bit misty eyed about NeXT I set my MacOSX alert sound to "Basso" and close my eyes and think of how I once owned the coolest desktop computer in the world.