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What do you use your NS/OS machines for?

 
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dpny



Joined: 22 Nov 2011
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:11 am    Post subject: What do you use your NS/OS machines for? Reply with quote

Having finally gotten OS 4.2 working reasonably well in Parallels, and having learned some of the OS idiosyncracies, I wonder what you all use your machines for?

I find that, unfortunately, the lack of a modern browser/RSS reader, etc., means I really can't use it for everyday stuff.
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dpny



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 10:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No one? Did I somehow offend by asking this question?

Didn't mean to. I'm genuinely curious.
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mrintel



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 11:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I mostly use mine as a "tinker-toy" with the email server, and WebObjects.

UPDATE:
I also use the Digital Librarian app for indexing my notes for school.
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gtnicol



Joined: 27 Dec 2005
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Location: Rhode Island, USA

PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have one that I often use as a terminal, and another that I use for 'spelunking'. I still find the monochrome displays to be some of the best on the eyes...
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NeXTnewbe



Joined: 27 Oct 2006
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 15, 2012 5:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use my Cube as web server, email access,
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t-rexky



Joined: 09 Jan 2011
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Location: Snowy Canada

PostPosted: Sun Jan 15, 2012 7:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My Turbo Color has been running "all pegged out" over the last few months compiling ports of GNU and other open source software. This is all in an effort to modernize NS 3.3 a little bit. Why? It's about the journey and not about the destination itself Smile.

I found that this allowed me to get back into tinkering with code, without the complexities of modern operating systems...

The awesome thing that I discovered is that after my hardware "refresh" the machine has been running 100% reliably with no crashes, lockups or any other weirdness.
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flowerking



Joined: 29 Jun 2011
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Location: Krefeld, Germany

PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2012 7:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I find interessting C-source code, I often try it first on my NeXTstation. Lately I found the sourcecode for 'Dungeon' (aka Zork) and compiled it there.
I also use my NeXTstation for reading and writing floppy disks since it is the only working computer with a floppy drive and network connection.
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onionmixer



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

only use for study.
not use regular main os.
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nextime



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Cube is hiding somewhere in the back yard, probably under a bush. It makes a great stool.
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russianmountain



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 5:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My NeXTstation sold in pieces on Ebay in 2010, i kept only the case. I don't know what to do with it. Now, for me, living in the past means using Snow Leopard on an iMac early 2008. I am more interested in women now.
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Nitro
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Joined: 22 Oct 2005
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Location: Littleton, Colorado USA

PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2012 5:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nextime wrote:
The Cube is hiding somewhere in the back yard, probably under a bush. It makes a great stool.


Cubes are pretty durable. Mr. Green
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tjallen



Joined: 05 Sep 2009
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 8:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use my NEXTSTEP 3.3 PC mostly for creating and editing PostScript figures with Tailor.app, and using TeX, but also Mathematica 3.0. It's also my main desktop at work, though with about 20 years of email, the disk is filling up. I have only about 800 MB left!

NEXTSTEP is so spare an OS that it is faster on this 650 MHz Pentium III than Snow Leopard is on my 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo Macbook Pro.
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GCP



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 28, 2014 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm just getting my first Cube set up. I purchased all the 10base2/T equipment to get it networked.

My goals are to:
    1. Possess (and take good care of) a working piece of computing history.

    2. Better understand the roots of Mac OS X and the evolution of Steve Jobs' products from Apple -> NeXT -> Apple.

    3. Experience NeXTstep in the same manner as users would have in the late 80s and early 90s.

    4. Find a way to make the computer useful and communicative with my other computers, and the internet (in some way, shape, or form).

That last one is going to be tough. Sounds like even using a NeXT machine for email is a real struggle to set up. I'm excited for the challenge, and proud to be an owner!
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spintronic



Joined: 13 Nov 2013
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2014 10:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lately I would telnet into my NeXTstation Color from work to use it as a calculator. I had octave installed and I needed to write out the steps to a coordinate transform to try to improve it's efficiency. I had the machine running for about 40 days before a power outage shut it down. I need to get a UPS supply before I risk corrupting the disk again.

Now that I know that NextStep runs on VMware I'm having all kinds of fun running it on my laptop and desktop at work. I installed Cedarword and perl and plan to use it for notes and writing my data processing scripts, just to make work a little more fun. Wink
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