He's back. In black. Under the hip slogan "Prepare for the NeXT Generation," Steve Jobs has full-forcedly launched a massive Apple restructuring to reintroduce NeXT Computer into the world market. Originally founded by Jobs in 1988, NeXT 1 virtually disappeared in 1993, when it was purchased by Apple (after Steve went back to become their interim CEO). Under a veil of supreme secrecy and silence, a dedicated cluster of programmers and computer science engineers went to work, tweaking NeXT Computer's dead OS "NeXTSTEP" and retooling it to produce Apple's most powerful and successful operating system yet, Mac OS X. Things have changed since 1993. Apple is the only high-tech company with zero debt, the original "040" NeXT Cube is considered one of the 26 most collectable items of the 21st century (according to a 12/15/99 issue of USA Today), and Steve Jobs is the richest man in Silicon Valley. Oh. And Steve, gaining confidence from Pixar's Oscar-winning success and Apple's new marketing strategy, has resurrected his past, with New eXtended Technologies, also called "NeXT," a remix of 1988's revolutionary computer company; scheduled to release its first "Tetrahedron" in March, 2003. Details of the Tetrahedron's hardware architecture are sketchy at best, but our insiders could tell us a little about it's NeXTSTEP-inspired Object Oriented operating system -- designed to please new users and give collectors a nostalgic reminder of the glory that was, and the new glory to be. "It's everything you love about [Mac OS] X, merged with everything you take for granted on traditional Linux or UNIX boxes," reports Carmichael Thomas, program writer for E-Wave Systems in Palo Alto, Calif. "I like what Steve [Jobs] has done. He must have had [sic] a crew of guys looking at all this stuff, because NeXT-OS literally replaces all my other desktop operating systems -- I used to have a PowerBook running X Server and a [Dell] Dimension 8200 using [Windows] XP. The Mac was for creative tools, I had [MX] Flash, Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and on the PC I ran all my sub-structure apps, like VB, Spawn XML, etc. With NeXT OS, everything fits on one machine, and everything runs perfect[ly] -- [it is] absolutely seamless." To end, Carmichael said, "Other operating systems are like pocket calculators in comparison. I will never use anything else." Watch for NeXT television ads late January 2003.