Tuesday, February 01, 2005

黑色四方果(電腦科技)


有網友留言稱少年時為Steve Jobs的NeXT Cube 所迷倒。收買佬本人品味
雖然不算高,但都識欣賞他的產品帶出的那份創新前衛的感覺。該位朋友
係中學年代己經玩到NeXT Cube,收買佬實在羡慕。因為一檯NeXT Cube,
當年(十多年前)要賣五萬多六萬元呢!

這檯黑色四方果和Mac一樣,可算是Steve Jobs的親生子女。80年代中葉,
Jobs 給踢出蘋果電腦的領導層,帶了自己的"班底"另起山頭,成立了NeXT
這間電腦公司,經過一輪的集資、設計、試驗、生產等工序,第一檯NeXT
Cube電腦係1988/9年出世了。

這部電腦外型己經夠前衛 -- 全黑色,並非當時普遍使用的白色或灰色。處
理器係摩托羅拉的680X0系列的CPU,電腦的原本設計係無Harddisk 亦無
Floppy,原始概念類近當代的client-server的型式,但係受客觀環境的影響,
不得不在"工作台"裝上硬碟,而裝上的,係當時的新發明:磁光碟機!亦係
0甘,搞到生產成本勁升。軟件方面,電腦的OS 稱為Mach,為Mac OS-X
的遠祖;但由於NeXT 不太願意和軟件商合作,令軟件支援欠奉;此因素加
上高昂的售價,令NeXT的電腦叫好不叫座。係1993年停產前,NeXT 前後只
生產了五萬台電腦而矣。



但NeXT 並無就此玩完,它的影響其實十分深遠。Mach 演變成為另一款叫
OpenStep 的GUI作業系統,其和BSD Unix 磨合並過渡成為Mac OS-X (前
稱Rhapsody.)

收買佬和黑色四方果的第一次接觸,係92年的夏天,於學校的電腦使用站。
當時只覺得此機操作簡宜快捷,被視窗強得多,用來去gopher 找資料做功
課,或用它的complier 去交電腦課的習作,甚或用它來玩IRC 吹水....那時,
真係從無需要去用PC/Windows 呢!

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題外話,Steve Jobs 的"親生大兒子" -- 麥金搭,上週的一月二十四日21歲生
日!早前係網上找到一段1984年Mac 的首次公開亮相的路演片段,Mac迷們
真的要好好看看啦![請按此]

21 comments:

Stannum said...

嘩﹐貴校真富貴呀﹐竟然買Next Cube俾學生玩﹗題外話﹕壹週刊的英文叫 Next Magazine﹐同蘋果日報的名字﹐都是因為肥佬黎當年崇拜 Steve Jobs 而照抄的。不過﹐真係睇唔出肥佬黎係 Steve Jobs 身上學到乜呢﹖

tungpo said...

拿,我當年就有幸係香港某展覽見過第一代Mac機!當時梗係驚為天機啦!因為我那刻才知道操控電腦可以不純用鍵盤。

PK_ said...

next!

wow

: O

收買佬 said...

Stan: 用NeXt機都算富貴?:) 又,我同你真係心靈相通,我昨晚都
想緊係咪肥佬黎迷steve jobs迷到佢的報刊要用佢的產品命名。:)

PK_: 0甘你又有無用next機呀當年??定係你一直都用mac ?

師兄:我第一次睇見Mac Classic 都驚為天機,故事明天講。~~

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kimorji said...

我當年都有係香港試過部NeXT Cube, 個graphic只係16bit grey scale + anti alias扮24bit, 差D幫公司買咗部做modeling. NeXT份catalog好鬼靚, 我keep到依家.

考下你: 知吾知NeXT個logo嘅傾斜角度係幾多? 點解個e係細楷? ^_^

kimorji said...

記得NeXT個OS好似叫NextStep喎, 定係NextStep係Interface, Mach4.3係kernal呢?

PK_ said...

邊有米用next..... : (

PK_ said...

可唔可以講steve wozniak?

收買佬 said...

Kimorji兄:好在我人老但未失憶!NeXT的logo係Paul Rand的大作
嘛,28度的傾斜度;個細草e 可解作多用途的解釋 -- 像 education,
expertise....等等,0岩唔0岩呢?:-)

PK_: steve woz 無乜好講堝!~~~

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kimorji said...

哈...佩服!佩服!Paul Rand係Art Center College of Design教果陣, 真係出咗名鬼見愁. 其實係我人老記性差, 唔記得係22定28度, 想借你提醒我就真啦:P

講開講, 隻logo收$100,000都算抵, 起碼平過搵Landor啦!可? :)

nikita said...

論Apple 的英雄,我最尊敬就是Woz 了,未發財前比SJ 老點,發財後將股票送晒比親朋戚友,之後SJ 取消Apple III 開發,Woz 都無講SJ 壞話,呢個老友真係唔話得喇!我近來唔太喜歡SJ,他回來後把Smiley Mac,Dogcow 等Classic 野整走晒,完全忽略用戶感受,將Newton,eMate 停產不在話,仲有絕口不提20 週年。

最後一樣是我唔喜歡SJ 告人爆料。唔知你有無聽過Apple anthem 呢?http://www.tiney.com/Wikka/wikka.php?wakka=AppleSongForever

PK_ said...

thanks, nikita. i know little of those stories.

kimorji said...

Developer Helpers 同吾同ADC架? ADC正呀! thank you 你d software songs 喎, and 你有冇Apple Support hotline D錄音post上嚟呀? 我聽過D笑到爆咀呀 :D

nikita said...

入左ADC 的Select member 或以上就係Developer Helpers 架喇, 一年會費500蚊美金. 我剛看過你的blog, 怎麼你不提Mac portable? 第一部手提電腦喎!

Anonymous said...

You all may want to check this out:

http://www.macsruscomputers.com/rarestuff.html

[MacMacFan]

收買佬 said...

我也看了幾位新BLOG友的BLOG,好正堝!^_^

亦順道多謝那條連結....

我的MacMini今天送到,家陣忙於做config及裝軟件等等,用後
報告明天寫。~~~

(又,俾你地搞慶了,想寫寫用電腦廿年的心情。:))


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kimorji said...

right! Mac portable is now added. :)

收買佬 said...

PK_兄、Nikita小姐和Kimorji兄跟各位網友在此大談蘋經,使小弟
獲益良多。真係要謝謝你們。:)

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