The NeXT Cube Computer
and
The NeXTStation Computer


NeXT Cube Computer
with 8MB RAM, 256MB HD
CPU: 68030, 25MHz
Manufacturer: NeXT, Inc.
Location: Redwood City, California
Original Price: $6500
Original Date: 1988

Photo of NeXT Cube computer

NeXTStation Computer
with 8MB RAM, 105MB HD
CPU: 68040, 25MHz
Manufacturer: NeXT, Inc.
Location: Redwood City, California
Original Price: $4995
Original Date: 1990

The NeXT Cube was the Gutenberg Press of the Internet.

Strasbourg, Germany, is renown as the birthplace of the printing press in the 1450s. Johannes Gutenberg's developed his ideas in Strasbourg leading to its construction in Mainz. Gutenberg's printing press is ranked as perhaps the most important invention in the history of human communication. And, many agree that the World Wide Web is the most revolutionary invention in communications since the printing press.

Redwood City was the birthplace of the NeXT computer in 1988. Steve Jobs was responsible for this amazing computer and its revolutionary software. It was years ahead of any other desktop computer and was the machine used by Tim Berners-Lee to create the first Web browser in 1990 while he was working at CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics. He considered the NeXT as critical for his experimental browser that gave birth to the World Wide Web.


Photo of SMCM NeXT display

Tribute for Steve Jobs and the NeXT Computer at the San Mateo County History Museum in Redwood City, California


Photo of NeXT motherboard


Photo of NeXTstation



Note that as of 2011, there are over 75,000 webpages regarding the NeXT Cube.

For further information:

Roads and Crossroads of the Internet History

The WorldWideWeb browser

Demonstration of NeXT Cube by Alfred.TV

VNR of the 20th anniversary of the World Wide Web 01

Interview with Tim Berners Lee, inventor of the Web 01

World Wide Web vs. WorldWideWeb

NeXT as the world's first web server

Black Hole, Inc., website: NeXT hardware and software

Programming the WorldWideWeb client was remarkably easy on the NeXT. There was already a software module,
the Text Object, which was an editable multifont editor. I just had to subclass it to make a hypertext object,
and add the internet code. Designing the app's menus was trivial -- just drag and drop with InterfaceBuilder.
The code framework of the app was generated automatically. That is a platform: something which allows you to
build things which without it would have been possible, but a lot of work.

--------------------Tim Berners-Lee, October 2011


San Mateo County History Museum

Mind Machine Museum Home Page

Group photo of Layer collection in 1989

H. Layer Home Page web computer gif

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