NeXT COMPUTER IS BACK!!!

crude analogy

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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.
 

conceptdev

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Nov 17, 2002
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irmongoose: I am quite sure that the man is joking. I am not trying to take away from his work in any regard, I think it is apple satire at its best.
 

ELYXR

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Dec 2, 2002
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This is totally false!

First of all... Apple bought Next, but everyone knows Next took over Apple. I already own a Next box... and so does everyone else who is reading this! Ever hear of the cube? It might not have done so hot on store shelves, but it was a Next box with an Apple logo on it.

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."
What the F_ _ _ is this guy talking about? Remember Rhapsody? Check out screen shots of Rhapsody on Intel here:

http://toastytech.com/guis/rhap.html

Peace!
 

BenderBot1138

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Oct 28, 2002
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Re: This is totally false!

Originally posted by ELYXR
First of all... Apple bought Next, but everyone knows Next took over Apple. I already own a Next box... and so does everyone else who is reading this! Ever hear of the cube? It might not have done so hot on store shelves, but it was a Next box with an Apple logo on it.

What the F_ _ _ is this guy talking about? Remember Rhapsody? Check out screen shots of Rhapsody on Intel here:

http://toastytech.com/guis/rhap.html

Peace!
Sounds like a tv rerun of somekind... maybe we should call it the Rhapsody of StarTrek.

I believe crude analogy has a flux capicitor in his Chevy sprint... glad he posted it here, gives a good chance to air some of the issues of the history of NeXt and Apple.

:cool:
 

Sun Baked

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May 19, 2002
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Re: Redneck's 10 beer diagnosis...

He must be suffering from Cranial Rectal Inversion, if he just takes his head out of his *** - the vivid dreams induced by hypoxia may fade as oxygen reaches his brain cells for the first time in months.
 

rickvanr

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Apr 10, 2002
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chess

i never knew the chess game in mac os x was originally from rhapsody.. what else has made its way onto os x from rhapsody?
 

alex_ant

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All up in your bidness
Re: chess

Originally posted by rickvanr
i never knew the chess game in mac os x was originally from rhapsody.. what else has made its way onto os x from rhapsody?
I think it's from before Rhapsody even. It's just a graphical front-end to GNUChess, which has been around for a long time. Also NetInfo, Calculator.app, Terminal.app, a few icons, Address Book.app, DigitalColor Meter.app, Mail.app, Clock.app, and more, are/were all from either Rhapsody or Nextstep. (Also the kernel :))
 

topicolo

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Jun 4, 2002
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Re: NeXT COMPUTER IS BACK!!!

Originally posted by crude analogy
He's back. In black.

Things have changed since 1993. Apple is the only high-tech company with zero debt,
Bull****: Apple Financials

"Long Term Debt 316.00 "

That's in MILLIONS boys and girls, not pennies.
 

G4scott

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Jan 9, 2002
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Re: Re: NeXT COMPUTER IS BACK!!!

Originally posted by topicolo
"Long Term Debt 316.00 "

That's in MILLIONS boys and girls, not pennies.
Aw shucks, I was going to send my Christmas money to Apple to help pull them out of debt... If only Bill Gates were so generous...
 

alset

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Nov 9, 2002
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Re: This is totally false!

Originally posted by ELYXR
What the F_ _ _ is this guy talking about? Remember Rhapsody? Check out screen shots of Rhapsody on Intel here:

http://toastytech.com/guis/rhap.html

Thanks for posting this link. I never realized hust how much of X was modeled off of Rhapsody.

The main post of this thread is a joke. I don't understand why anyone would start a thread on a lie, and I can't believe this guy considers a word of this true, other than the part about Steve wearing black and being responsible for NeXT.

Dan
 

ELYXR

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Dec 2, 2002
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Check out the OPENSTEP Screenshots!

Originally posted by alset


Thanks for posting this link. I never realized hust how much of X was modeled off of Rhapsody.

I bet a lot of you are thinking those screen shots are from the early to mid-nineties... Don't be thrown off by the OS9-like appearance! Take a look at the copyright dates on the splash Workspace Manager screenshot. It says "1988 - 1998"... This is OSX without Aqua. :eek:

Now check out "OpenStep" screen shots here:

http://toastytech.com/guis/openstep.html

This is even cooler... notice the dock! HAHAHA!!! The Next copyright on it says 1988 - 1996. Two years prior to the Rhapsody screenshots. Pretty Weird!
 

eric_n_dfw

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Jan 2, 2002
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OS X == OPENSTEP 6

OS X isn't just like OPENSTEP - it is OPENSTEP. They ported it to PowerPC and replaced DisplayPostScript (DPS) with Quartz.

Yes, I'm sure there's a lot of new code but it's much more evolutionary than revolutionary.
 

Mr. Anderson

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Nov 1, 2001
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tetrahedron? why not a sphere? ah, its the old dump and run and see what happens. Notice there's not been a reappearance from crude analogy? If he does come back (which I doubt, and yes this is a taunt) I'd love to know where the article came from.....

D
 

Apple][Forever

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Jul 3, 2002
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Back in college I used NeXTstation Colors. They had a lab of them, and Intro to CS was taught on them, so I spent a lot of time that semester using NeXTStep.

I was amazed at the ease-of-use and the efficiency of the system (they were 33MHz if I recall correctly, and the modern Intel system was a Pentium 120... but they 'seemed' just as fast in regular use.)

We were the last class to use them. They junked them at the end of the year, and unfortunatel since I went to a Big State School it's hard to get old equipment like that. If I had worked for the computing office (I did later) then I would have snagged one.

As it was, though, it was sad to see such cool technology fall by the wayside, since most everyone else was using the new Windows 95, a total piece of crap.

Now I run OS X and am very, very happy, because I didn't need to bring that NeXTstation home anyway. :)
 

lmalave

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Nov 8, 2002
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Re: Re: NeXT COMPUTER IS BACK!!!

Originally posted by topicolo


Bull****: Apple Financials

"Long Term Debt 316.00 "

That's in MILLIONS boys and girls, not pennies.
Oh, please, get some perspective. $316 Million is nothing compared to the $4 billion + they have in cash and and marketable securities (just look at the balance sheet that you posted a link to). C'mon, on the Street they don't quibble over a few million bucks, at least not for a company the size of Apple. Apple has basically next to no debt, and that's why Forbes magazine just named Apple the "stock pick of the month", and I quote:

"Apple's financial condition looks remarkably similar today as it did back in 1997 when it made its initial appearance as stock of the month. That first recommendation resulted in a 500%+ average price appreciation when the last of our shares were sold in late 1999. Today, the balance sheet is pristine, with over $4 billion in cash and short-term investments, equivalent to more than $12 per share. In 1997, Apple had $11 per share in cash on a virtually debt-free balance sheet."

Basically, any financial analyst looking at Apple's numbers just sees lots of cash and next to no debt, which makes Apple a good investment right now since it's been in a much better position to weather the recession than any other computer maker except for Dell (albeit on a much smaller scale than Dell or HP)
 
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