Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 4th May 2013 09:36 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "NeXT Computer (the original 68030 cube) was a high end workstation that was manufactured between 1988 - 1990. Back then it was a very expensive machine as a complete system would start at $6500 (in 1988 dollars). The machine is a 1 foot cube magnesium case that houses the computer. At the time, its performance was impressive, with a Motorola 68030 CPU running at a screaming 25Mhz, a dedicated floating point CPU, and a digital signal processor built into the system. NeXT cubes featured a magneto-optical drive that stored a whopping 256 Megabytes (by comparison, high end Mac systems at the time might have featured a 20 Megabyte hard drive.) In its day, this was the "Ferrari" of desktop systems!" No new information for the average OSNews reader, but lots of beautiful photos for a beautiful Saturday afternoon.
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Loved Them
by tony on Sat 4th May 2013 17:57 UTC
tony
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2005-07-06

I worked for a company where everyone from the CEO to the receptionist had a NeXT workstation. I personally owned a color turbo slab.

Those keyboards were the best I've ever used. Even better than the Model Ms.

The interface was great. You could drag and drop files in email (in 1996), they were stateless (NFS dialtone as Jobs called it), and easy to use while still giving you Unix tools for the command line.

The only thing you couldn't do reliably on them was web browse. We all had a second desktop for that. It just couldn't handle the graphics load.

Edited 2013-05-04 17:58 UTC

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RE: Loved Them
by Johann Chua on Sun 5th May 2013 01:52 in reply to "Loved Them"
Johann Chua Member since:
2005-07-22

Kind of ironic that web browsing was less than optimal, considering that the World Wide Web was first implemented on a NeXT computer.

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RE[2]: Loved Them
by iMissBeOS on Sun 5th May 2013 02:17 in reply to "RE: Loved Them"
iMissBeOS Member since:
2012-05-24

Then again, think of how text-oriented the original Web pages were. Very limited use of graphics. The NeXT server/workstation was perfect for stuff like that. But, yes, very ironic ;)

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RE: Loved Them
by mrAmiga500 on Sun 5th May 2013 15:05 in reply to "Loved Them"
mrAmiga500 Member since:
2009-03-20

Those keyboards were the best I've ever used. Even better than the Model Ms.


I think you're wrong there. I've got a NeXT and the keyboard is fairly average. It has black ALPS switches. There are many keyboards far better - including the Model M, AT Model F, beam spring IBM terminals, even Apple M0115/M0116 (orange ALPS).

The NeXT keyboard definitely beats cheap modern rubber dome keyboards though.

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