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sdinet



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 11:01 am    Post subject: Can anyone help me determine if this is a rare cube board? Reply with quote





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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 11:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like a moderately early make of the 030 board.
Never seen it in that color before though.
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sdinet



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 12:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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 =)
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 6:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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?
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 6:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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...
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un



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 7:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.
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sdinet



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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 =)
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un



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

First make a backup or two! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2008 2:34 am    Post subject: Save the drivers! Reply with quote

Yes, the drivers are definitely worth saving. And sharing Smile

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.

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helf



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2008 6:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

share! Smile Share emails to. just anonymize them mostly, first.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2008 12:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 18, 2010 5:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.
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nex



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2011 2:03 am    Post subject: early boards Reply with quote

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.

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