View Full Version : The Burning of the Cube

Aug 11, 2001, 11:19 AM
We all know the G4 Cube and lament its passing, but some may be unaware (http://www.mindspring.com/~coffeek/next-mac-faq.html) that it was not the only cube design that Jobs broguht into the world. Before it (in 1988) came the <a hred="http://www.deepspacetech.com/Info/NeXT_Brochures/NEXTCUBE.PDF"]NeXT Cube[/url], a flat black cube, one foot on a side, wrought entirely of magnesium. In abe+e+e+e.stingly parallels the demise of the NeXT hardware, Simson Garfinkle (then NeXTWorld Magazine (http://www.channelu.com/NeXT/History/NeXTWorld/) Senior Editor) let his lifelong passion for starting magnesium fires get the better of him and endeavored to set a NeXT Cube aflame. Read his spellbindign account (http://web.thock.com/cubefire.htm) of the ordeal in a letter written back in '93. Image included. Great read.

Aug 12, 2001, 08:06 AM
Interesting piece from the NeXT info page for Mac users.

Q: What does Mach provide that BSD alone does not:

"Mach provides the following features not found in UNIX 4.3 BSD:

Multiple tasks, each with a large, paged virtual memory space
Multiple threads of execution within each task, with a flexible scheduling facility
Flexible sharing of memory between tasks
Efficient and consistent message-based interprocess communication
Memory-mapped files
Transparent network extensibility
A flexible, capability-based approach to security and protection
Support for multiprocessor scheduling"


Aug 14, 2001, 09:36 PM
Steve seems to be bringing more and more ideas from his NeXt company, and I noticed the NeXt cube had a 2 button mouse. Maybe those dual button mouse rumors are true?