Steve Jobs on the cover of April 1993 UnixWorld

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    A scan from the cover of the April 1993 UNIXWorld magazine.

    I'm still looking for a working NeXT Cube. I've wanted one ever since I got the "Actual Size!" marketing brochure in junior high. Owned a couple of "slab" systems in the mid to late 90s, but never ran across a Cube.

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    1. Moazam Azam 96 months ago | reply

      I guess the reply now in 2006 is, "Yes".

    2. lsherman 85 months ago | reply

      Actually, the answer is "not really." Just as it was when the original NeXT computer shipped, Job's software is tied to his hardware. I wrote for UNIXWorld's sister publication, NeXTWorld at the time and remember this article well. The focus was on the fact that NeXT had just started shipping a version of NeXTStep that ran on several different kinds of Unix workstations, not just those from NeXT. I had an HP-UX box on my desk that ran the software for a time and it was a near identical experience to running NeXTStep on NeXT hardware. Great stuff. Too bad it didn't last.

    3. okto 85 months ago | reply

      Um, iTunes? The iPod isn't the most successful DAP because of the hardware.
      Actually I think "Does it run on multiple platforms?" as a standard for software success is flawed. There's plenty of bad software that runs on any platform you can think of, and plenty of good software that only runs on one.
      Also, Apple's switch to Intel architecture shows that their software is not tied to hardware, they just choose to integrate it tightly to limit the variables available for exploitation (by either Murphy or Zero Cool).

      Software is the reason Macs are good. The hardware is high-end, but it is not vastly different from other PC manufacturers' hardware.

    4. .rexguo 65 months ago | reply

      Please keep it up! This is important computing history worth archiving and shared with everyone. Thanks!

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