Originally Posted by Dlux
No, just an old NeXT user who was so disgusted with Apple in the 90s (after working for them as a contractor during the tail end of the Sculley era) with their mismanagement of Mac OS that I actually considered giving up on computers altogether. At the time, using NeXTSTEP, which was essentially what OS X is now, alongside System 7 (and Windows 3.1!) made me wonder why the rest of the world simply didn't get it. Obviously there was a lot wrong with NeXT, Steve Jobs, and the state of 'commodity computing' at the time that precluded NeXT's success, but imagine driving a 2001 BMW when everyone else was still in 1985 Volkswagons and Pintos and you'll have some idea how frustrating it was to see the platform fail in the marketplace. Fortunately, Steve Jobs gave a more compelling pitch to Gil Amelio than Jean-Louis Gassée at Apple's critical juncture, swallowed the company from the inside, and now I can wax nostalgic over my leftover NeXT schwag whenever someone brings up Ross Perot.
(I still have a couple of NeXT machines in storage, but, alas, no free space to set them up. I wonder if the motherboard batteries still work...)
I had been buying Macs for my own company since 1988, but didn't begin to use them at home for my own work until 1992.
Right before I did buy my own Mac, a 950, I went to the NEXT/Mac dealership on 23rd st between 5th and 6th aves here in Manhattan NYC.
It was set up well. On one side of the dark room were Macs, and on the other, NEXT machines. All machines were in booths.
The NEXT machines were set up as an 8 bit Greyscale machine, then a 16 bit color model, and then the 24 bit color top of the line.
The greyscale was $9,000, the 16 bit $16,000, and the 24 bit $24,000. I'm sure those last two prices were coincidental.
I looked at each, starting with the greyscale.
Afterwards, I asked what the upgrade policies were to go from one to the other. I was told that you got what you bought, and couldn't upgrade.
This was one reason they failed first with their hardware. I could afford the $9,000. I could even, manage the $16,000, but the last was too much. If I could have upgraded later, I likely would have bought a NEXT instead of my first Mac, which ended up costing me about $16,000 when all was said and done.
Computers were expensive in those days!