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linmag7



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2012 2:28 pm    Post subject: NeXT CUBE in the olympics Reply with quote

did they just show a NeXT CUBE in the olympics ceremony?
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 28, 2012 10:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep. Tim Berners Lee used one to develop the initial browser/editor.



It doesn't appear to be his box, and it doesn't seem to be running anything though...
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 28, 2012 11:38 am    Post subject: GIF! Reply with quote

animated GIF:

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 28, 2012 2:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Doesn't it seem strange that the screen is entirely blank? I don't even see a boot screen…
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 28, 2012 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

gtnicol wrote:
Doesn't it seem strange that the screen is entirely blank? I don't even see a boot screen…


That's exactly what I thought... a real shame that it was not functional, even though it was a very short stint.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 6:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe it's shorted out - looks like the top of the table and the top of the Cube are wet!
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 9:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the CRT monitor (seems to be an N4000A) isn't even connected to the cube (port on the cube appears to be unused if one looks closer) and there's light coming out where the microphone resides on the monitor so they just placed a lightbulb in the monitor. I guess....

edit: video-port has a cable attached but there's no power cable going into the cube...
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 11:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, I noticed that it deosn't have both cables going to the cube. Ah well, still a big day for us NeXT folk
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mikeboss wrote:
the CRT monitor (seems to be an N4000A) isn't even connected to the cube (port on the cube appears to be unused if one looks closer) and there's light coming out where the microphone resides on the monitor so they just placed a lightbulb in the monitor. I guess....

edit: video-port has a cable attached but there's no power cable going into the cube...


I sent them a working cube and a working slab as they requested! They kept me in the dark saying it was for a play about Tim Berners Lee LOL . The Slab was ment to be a backup working box in case the cube failed and everything was in good condition If there is a way to burn that screen in it should show NeXTSTEP running unless there was shenanigans on their end. Had I of known it was for the opening ceremonies I would have flown to their side of the pond and made sure it all worked ! Best regards Rob Blessin Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2012 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It occurred to me that they might have had the camera set up to show him in the dark, and the nice bright screen simply washed out.

Anyone know Sir Tim? Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2012 11:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

un wrote:
It occurred to me that they might have had the camera set up to show him in the dark, and the nice bright screen simply washed out.

Anyone know Sir Tim? Smile


Article in Forbes!
http://www.forbes.com/sites/danielnyegriffiths/2012/08/10/steve-jobs-computer-cameos-at-the-london-olympics/
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 2:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

this guys saying they had provided the cube for the Olympics

http://www.tvfilmprops.co.uk/pages/next-cube-internet-computer---olympics-opening-ceremony-1701.htm
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 5:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

NeXTnewbe wrote:
this guys saying they had provided the cube for the Olympics

http://www.tvfilmprops.co.uk/pages/next-cube-internet-computer---olympics-opening-ceremony-1701.htm

hmmm I know I sent the cube and backup to a prop house address Tanya Bowd was my contact and all I was told is it was going to be used for a play about Tim Berners Lee in London which they wouldnt tell me the name of under secrecy! I dont know if it is the same company and if you look at the cube in the ceremonies has nice new paint and the screen is set up different then the one i sent . It says they have 2 in stock and i had sent a spare slab for back up , i envisioned an ongoing play with the NeXTs being moved on and off stage not a one night 1 billion viewer audience with rehearsals lol
Now as far as the dot matrix printer configuration through a dos laptop that sounds like innovative madness im guessing using the apps dots or samba or a custom as the printer driver but if it was from the command line like it says looking at the printer output closely is puzzling as their are random numbers letters instead of asteriks but I'm sure that is what happens then it would beat your paper is jammed in your printer chiming out on most NeXT laser printers with the intake roller or exit gear problem.
In theory If the dots pixels output were converted to light up led pads instead of printing on a piece of paper that would explain the mystery of the scaled up audience led "tweet" Tim sent "this is for everyone" At any rate
I'll drop him a note and see if he is the man behind the curtain like the Wizard and will fill me in on details about the tweet. It'll be cool to know that our cube is now in a museum as well.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 1:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Something doesn't line up here.....
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 1:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

pentium wrote:
Something doesn't line up here.....


why not? it seems there were two cubes: the one TBL sat in front of and another one that was used to shoot a short film sequence to be displayed on the big screens in the stadium.
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