Tech : NeXT Cube Demo





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Published on Nov 29, 2008

READ ME FIRST: In this video, with a run time of 53 minutes, I give a cursory overview of the hardware and operating system centric to the NeXT Computer.

When Steve Jobs was stripped of all managerial rights at Apple in 1985, he resigned and started NeXT.

In the mid 90's, when Apple was in dire straights for a modern, multitasking operating system, they looked to purchase Be for their BeOS. When that deal fell through, they negotiated with NeXT.

With the purchase, which was for about $500 million, not only did they get the NextStep/OpenStep OS, they also got back Steve Jobs.

The acquisition of NeXT, which was orchestrated by the current Apple CEO, Gil Amelio, saved the company from pending disaster.

So, join me for a some time-travel to 1990, where I will give you a peek at the roots of the modern Mac OS X operating system which many of us enjoy and use today.

Make sure to stay through the credits for the post video bonus scene featuring a Power Mac 7500, an Apple ][, and my nephews, Mike and Chris.

Note: The REASON why this was filmed early on Thanksgiving more was due to my personal and business schedule. It was the only time I could do it in order to fulfill my promise of 'booting the NeXT Cube' prior to 2009.

If you'd like to see the raw, archival uStream broadcast, which is a bit light-hearted as I interact with the live audience, please visit the URL below and click on the link for 'archived videos.' The broadcast is broken up into multiple parts for easier consumption.


Please note that I did indeed film and edit this video for YOU, my regular and loyal YouTube and uStream subscribers and viewers. I hope you enjoy it.

Bad jokes were kept to a bare minimum to keep the focus on the NeXT Cube. Overall, the performance of the machine was really quite amazing, especially considering that the CPU was a 68040 at 25 mhz with 16 megabytes of RAM!

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