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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RE[3]: I miss NeXTstep
by GraphiteCube on Sat 4th May 2013 19:01 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: I miss NeXTstep"
GraphiteCube
Member since:
2009-04-01

Your poor manner shows why those "PC vs Mac" advertisements have negative impact on people. If you disagree with me, show us your points, instead of swear at me.

Whether GUI itself has improved in last 20 years or not, I don't know, but I think we can't limit GUI design for mouse + keyboard only as nowadays more touch-based and motion-based input are being used.

Sure that user can use Flubox/ GNOME/ KDE/ IceWM with mouse + keyboard perfectly, but how about touch-based input? I think the start screen and Windows Store apps are just trying to serve users who are using touch-based input, BUT at the same time the desktop remains here. Just click into the desktop in Windows 8 and I can still use my keyboard and mouse to do my work, it is not hard.

I don't understand why people only focus on and restrict themselves in the start screen. Consider that start screen is a larger start menu, do you open start menu and make it stay on screen all the time? I don't do it because I just open start menu, type program name, press Enter and work with the program, the start menu is hidden. This is the same for start screen.

Some say that they're force to look at the start screen every time they switch on the computer, but ask yourself: What do you do when you see the desktop at first? I for myself would open start menu and launch a program. Here is the point: I can pin the program on start screen, and click on it right after login without looking at my desktop.

Yeah there is a learning curve, but so do for people switching among OSes. They need to find the tools they used to use on previous OS, they need to adapt to the look and feel.

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RE[4]: I miss NeXTstep
by tylerdurden on Sat 4th May 2013 21:53 in reply to "RE[3]: I miss NeXTstep"
tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

Silly people thinking their computers should adapt to them and not the other way around, amirite?

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RE[5]: I miss NeXTstep
by GraphiteCube on Sun 5th May 2013 06:40 in reply to "RE[4]: I miss NeXTstep"
GraphiteCube Member since:
2009-04-01

I don't know what do you mean, but with higher demand of touch-based input, Modern UI does have its purpose. Yet, people still want to use mouse + keyboard, Windows 8 still provides desktop and let users to run applications as if they do on previous versions on Windows. The OS is adapting the needs of users, I think.

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