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Which one is your favourite?
NeXTCube
74%
 74%  [ 20 ]
Cube G4
25%
 25%  [ 7 ]
Total Votes : 27

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nextchef



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 10, 2006 7:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is a great cube case in the second pic. I did not know they offered such an upgrade for the cube. Much closer to what I was thinking of. Here is a link to the case for those interested.

http://eshop.macsales.com/item/PowerLogix/CUBEKITBLK/

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kenjay



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 10, 2006 11:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm going w/ the NeXT Cube. Although I love the G4 Cube for many reasons too.

But quite simply - the NeXT Cube was the greatest LEAP in technology [both hardware & software] in the history of computers.

History will ultimately view this object in it's proper perspective - it is THE most dramatic and elegant statement of "intelligent life" on this planet ever created!

I challenge anyone here - to dispute this Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 11, 2006 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

kenjay wrote:
I'm going w/ the NeXT Cube. Although I love the G4 Cube for many reasons too.

But quite simply - the NeXT Cube was the greatest LEAP in technology [both hardware & software] in the history of computers.

History will ultimately view this object in it's proper perspective - it is THE most dramatic and elegant statement of "intelligent life" on this planet ever created!

I challenge anyone here - to dispute this Wink


I am interested in hearing more about why you think this kenjay. What do you consider to be the "great technological leaps" that were embodied in the NeXT cube. Was it the cube shape, the magnesium structural components, the use of an OD, NS's use of OOP? I am serious about hearing what you have to say about this, given your great knowledge of everything NeXT.

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kenjay



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 11, 2006 12:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In 1989, when Steve Jobs was badgered over delays to the launch of NeXT ... he said [it all]:

"Late? This computer is five years ahead of its time."
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crimsonRE



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2006 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, I can't really choose between them (I have each):

1. NeXTcube runs NextStep - huge leap forward in the field of application development, and thus in services to the user (the Librarian is such a cool app.); beats the pants off X windows (& of course the abomination from Seattle).

2. PowerCube - great space-saving HW that is still useful to this day (end of 2006) in that it can run the latest version of OS X (descendent of NS, though lacking some of the great 'services'), takes 1.5GB RAM, and has aftermarket upgrades to over 1GHz G4 processors...

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itomato



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2006 9:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Mac Cube is too cute; it's little, it's curved, it's see-through.. It's like a teenage girl - cute, sweet, fun to be with, but there's just not much there.

The NeXT Cube is the opposite; it's large, it's square, it's expandable via a true Backplane, it ran UNIX on your desk in a time when UNIX was Big-Iron material. WYS on your screen was WYG on your printer. That was remarkable.

The NeXT is #1 because the of the gap between it and it's #2 was so great.

Here's what SGI and Sun had to offer at the time. Good stuff, but just not as slick.

The Mac is just another Mac. I believe the LC series was of similar or less physical volume.. Slot-loading media, built in sound, video, etc.. Expansion slot, could run DOS.. Yawn..[/url]
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crimsonRE



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2006 7:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Note the PowerMac Cube does not have built-in video: it has an AGP slot for a graphics card, though the card does need to be of a somewhat smaller size in order to physically fit...

Thank goodness that OS X did inherit much of the legacy of NextStep through Apple's enlightened purchase...

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