An amateur computer story has unearthed a great piece of technological paraphernalia: the Autumn 1989 catalog of NeXT. Kevin Savetz recently explored the entire 138-page book and published the archives on Archive.org.
NeXT was the company that Steve Jobs founded in 1985 after he was fired by Apple. The company designed computer workstations and lasted until 1997 when Jobs was rehired at Apple.
Describing himself as an amateur computer historian, Savetz says he has scanned "thousands of pages of magazines, newsletters and computer catalogs" over the years, and also co-hosts. ANTIC: the 8-bit podium of Atari, conducting hundreds of interviews with the people involved in the company.
Savetz customs The edge that the catalog was "part of a lot of old computers that I bought from a local computer restoration / recycling organization." I had never seen a catalog like this, and I could find a lot of reference to it online, so it was an option easy to scan. "Since then, it was auctioned from the catalog, and the profits went to RAICES.
Navigating through the catalog is a fascinating insight into NeXT's software, user interface, peripherals and more. The surprising thing about software is how familiar it is for Apple users. NeXT, says Savetz, was a particularly interesting company, because it reached a crucial moment, and although it was not a commercial success, its hardware and interface eventually led to the modern products that Apple now distributes. "Also, the machines were so great."