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2003/41/1 Computer, NeXT workstation, peripherals and monitor, metal / plastic / glass / electronic components /paper, designed by Hartmut Esslinger, manufactured by NeXT computers / Sony Corp, United States of America / Japan, 1990 - 1993. Click to enlarge.

Computer for NeXT workstation designed by Hartmut Esslinger

Made
The NeXT computer was the pet project of Steve Jobs after he was ousted from Apple Computer by the then (1985) CEO John Scully. Although Jobs had been a founder of Apple and had driven the development of its most successful product the Mac he had managed to "get up the nose of every senior manager at Apple" (Barker C. 2000, vnunetcom).

The NeXT was designed for small labs, academics and professionals who had been using larger computing power to solve computational problems but, as Steve Jobs …

Summary

Object No.

2003/41/1

Object Statement

Computer, NeXT workstation, peripherals and monitor, metal / plastic / glass / electronic components /paper, designed by Hartmut Esslinger, manufactured by NeXT computers / Sony Corp, United States of America / Japan, 1990 - 1993

Physical Description

Computer, NeXT workstation, peripherals and monitor. The NeXT computer is housed in a die-cast magnesium cube with a black finish. Connections for all peripherals are on the back. It is model #1000A, designed, engineered and assembled in USA, 1990. Turbo 32MB, 1.4GB disk FDD, NeXTSTEP version 3.0, NeXT dimension board NTSC / 16MB.
The black monitor is a Megapixel 17 inch color flat square display, model #N4006 manufactured by Sony, Japan, 1992.
NeXT black keyboard.
NeXT black mouse.
NeXT Sound Box, speaker.
NeXT black color printer.
NeXT black CDROM drive.
Thin Ethernet Connector Kit in original box with - booklet, cable on reel, 2 x connectors and 1 x 50 Ohm socket.
Cables for the NeXT system include - 2 x power (cube and printer), 1 for cube to monitor, 1 for keyboard to cube, 1 for Sound Box to cube, 1 for CDROM to cube, 1 for printer to cube and 1 x Asynchronous modem cable still in original packaging. There is also 1 x ASTFX adapter.
NeXT documents include - NeXTSTEP 3.0 install CD and Software Licence Agreement in original wrapping + addendum to Software Licence Agreement, Upgrade to NeXTSTEP release 3.0, Release notes, Users Guide, External CDROM drive, Owners Guide, Here's How, NeXT limited warranty, User registration, NeXTworld promotional flyer, Objectware, Software and Peripheral Catalog and The NeXTSTEP Advantage.

Marks

'NeXt' manufacturers logo appears on objects.

Dimensions

Height

320 mm

Width

305 mm

Depth

305 mm

Production

Made

Notes

The NeXT computer was designed by a team, which included some ex-Apple employees. The housing for the computer was designed by Hartmut Esslinger (and Frogdesign).

The NeXT computer was manufactured in North America. The company had built a facility capable of producing 150,000 units per annum however over the period 1988 - 1993 (when production ceased) approximately 50,000 machines came off that line.Designed

History

Notes

The NeXT computer was used by academics, engineers, scientists, real estate sales people, small and big bussiness.

This computer was donated by Data General. It may have been used in the development of software for Data General applications including database and server applications.

The NeXT computer was purchased by Data General when new and remained in their ownership until it was offered to the museum in April 2000.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Data General, 2002

Acquisition Date

18 March 2003

Cite this Object

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Wikipedia

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