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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Birth of WWW
by whartung on Sat 4th May 2013 23:22 UTC
whartung
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2005-07-06

I'm surprised Thom neglected to correlate the relationship between the NeXT and the birth of the WWW, since TBL did the initial server and browser in NeXTStep.

A friend recently stumbled across the source code (I forget the link at the moment), and it was fun reminiscing and going through the code.

In '92 I ponied up the $3K to get a "Student" Mono Slab NeXTStation: Grayscale monitor, 25Mhz 040, 8MB RAM, 120MB hard drive. These specs basically allowed it to boot up, and I was fortunate to be able to quickly upgrade it to 20MB of RAM and a 400MB drive.

At the student discount rate, the machine was not completely insane -- almost, but not completely -- to purchase in contrast to the 33Mhz PCs at the time, and there was no readily available Unix for humans then really either. You certainly couldn't get a Sun for that price.

But it was a formative experience, Got my first UUCP News and Mail feed on that over my Hayes 2400 SmartModem. The wonders of Perl 4, the bitching about the rich news posts (basically mime encoded w/attachments) on the comp.sys.next.

13 years later, I put down another $3K for that slab workstations power house progeny -- a Mac Pro. The contrast in specifications is measured in several orders of magnitude on all levels.

I'm glad the legacy, and essence of NeXT has survived.

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RE: Birth of WWW
by bnolsen on Sun 5th May 2013 00:31 in reply to "Birth of WWW"
bnolsen Member since:
2006-01-06

In '92 linux was there and ready. I ran it on my 80386 with cyrix co processor, I can't even remember how much RAM it had. Had a null modem cable to my roommate's pc-xt, he logged in and ran his prolog homework on my system. We had NeXT systems in our CS lab, right next to the IBM RTs. Much nicer. I didn't like the persistent menu thing on the interface much though. Today on my development machines I run windowmaker as the window manager.

Edited 2013-05-05 00:34 UTC

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RE[2]: Birth of WWW
by moondevil on Sun 5th May 2013 05:48 in reply to "RE: Birth of WWW"
moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

In '92 linux was there and ready.


Ready is a relative term.

On my system I had to install it from floppies on the '95 Summer, because my CD-ROM drive was IDE and only SCSI models were handled at the time.

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