NeXT Computers

NeXT Computer, Inc. => Rare NeXT Hardware => Topic started by: sdinet on September 11, 2008, 06:01:20 pm

Title: Can anyone help me determine if this is a rare cube board?
Post by: sdinet on September 11, 2008, 06:01:20 pm
(http://photos-c.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sf2p/v339/205/15/530841851/n530841851_1257130_6299.jpg)

(http://photos-d.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sf2p/v339/205/15/530841851/n530841851_1257131_6972.jpg)

(http://photos-e.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sf2p/v339/205/15/530841851/n530841851_1257132_7721.jpg)
Title: Can anyone help me determine if this is a rare cube board?
Post by: pentium on September 11, 2008, 06:49:08 pm
Looks like a moderately early make of the 030 board.
Never seen it in that color before though.
Title: Can anyone help me determine if this is a rare cube board?
Post by: sdinet on September 11, 2008, 07:11:24 pm
yeah I pulled it out and was like, weird YELLOW... Never seen that before!  Anyway, wondering if it has some history to the YELLOW color or some special meaning =)
Title: Can anyone help me determine if this is a rare cube board?
Post by: sdinet on September 12, 2008, 01:08:19 am
So I booted up this cube and WOW it was a BETA cube at a university and they used it to develop printer software and drivers for NeXT!  It has LOADS of software installed, dozens of user accounts and TONZ of emails, including MANY MANY emails from NeXT employees.  Would it be in POOR taste to share the emails from NeXT employees in the archive section?  I assume that would violate privacy?
Title: Can anyone help me determine if this is a rare cube board?
Post by: neozeed on September 12, 2008, 01:26:00 am
I know I'd make a copy off of the cube, incase the disk decides to die....

You can always use sed to remove pronouns...
Title: Can anyone help me determine if this is a rare cube board?
Post by: un on September 12, 2008, 02:30:18 am
Posting personal emails would definitely be an invasion of privacy, morally (IMO) if not legally. Company related emails, maybe not if you anonymised them before publishing.
Title: Can anyone help me determine if this is a rare cube board?
Post by: sdinet on September 12, 2008, 03:46:10 am
yes I completely agree, just wish there was a way to share the great stuff I found from a NeXT archival perspective....  Also, there is alot of custom made NeXT software and drivers on here (I have the source code), I could literally spend thousands of hours trying to piece it all together... What to do =)
Title: Can anyone help me determine if this is a rare cube board?
Post by: un on September 12, 2008, 04:13:17 am
First make a backup or two! :D
Title: Save the drivers!
Post by: pitz on September 12, 2008, 09:34:07 am
Yes, the drivers are definitely worth saving.  And sharing  :)

Though you can only go so far with m68k hardware (except maybe through some SCSI or DSP core drivers), it would be nice to follow some source code to write drivers for i386 devices, or even to write "virtual" drivers when NEXTSTEP/OPENSTEP runs as a guest OS of VMs.

/pitz
Title: Can anyone help me determine if this is a rare cube board?
Post by: helf on September 12, 2008, 01:21:36 pm
share! :) Share emails to. just anonymize them mostly, first.
Title: Can anyone help me determine if this is a rare cube board?
Post by: stevebez on September 12, 2008, 07:42:04 pm
As I understand it yellow circut boards are not as strong as green ones. This comes from general electronics knowledge and is not NeXT specific. Just to be safe I would be extra careful with this one.
Title: Can anyone help me determine if this is a rare cube board?
Post by: 68040 on April 19, 2010, 12:00:29 am
The early 030 boards were yellow (1988) and the later 030 boards were green (1989).  The yellow boards I own have v1.0 ROMs and the green ones have v1.2 ROMs.
Title: early boards
Post by: nex on December 30, 2011, 09:03:48 am
The earliest board (AAG0000832) that I have was from a university as well, so perhaps that falls in line with Steve Jobs trying to get schools hooked on his wacky new cube in early '89.

(http://img440.imageshack.us/img440/9076/68030boardaag0000832sma.jpg)