I still believe it or not resell NeXT Computers , 27 years plus , my
first day of work at Alembic Systems reselling 3rd party products and
NeXT hardware ; NeXT shut down their hardware production line February
9, 1993 , everyone took it as an omen and after all these years later
I'm still here !
It is cool to hear the story from the topside :)
Garrett Rice transitioned from Alembic to OpensSource then to NeXT and onto Apple .
I was the very last guy still selling NeXTSTEP and Openstep for NeXT on the planet fun job for me , NeXT's focus was on WebObject's so they sent all the small and academic customers my way. Garrett was our contact at NeXT and Max Pollard our tech and myself had the conversation about how NeXT should talk to Apple as they were courting BE.
I wrote this on December 10, 1996 spot on.... NeXT and Apple a logical fit http://www.nextcomputers.org/forums/index.php?topic=3671.msg20906#msg20906
It happened , I had a what did you do lol at work... Alembic which eventually settled on the name Optimal Object set to close there doors 2 weeks later. I tried to convince them it was a good thing , you have to realize Apple was in a tail spin and NeXT was struggling for identity. Steve Jobs will turn it around , me the "crazy one" , is laid off for 4 hours. People are calling for you , do you want to take over 3rd party product sales. Yes, then a call from Apple do you want to handle all sales of NeXTSTEP an Openstep for us , yes.... I had already had my company Black Hole , Incorporated going for about 8 month's reselling NeXT black hardware kicking back to Optimal. I'll write a book as well.
So I'm blackholeinc.com , fairly sure I have the world's longest running web blog as we were first on the web thanks to one of my customers Tim Berner's Lee . I'm computerpowow on eBay and one of the NeXT forum sysadmins at nextcomputers.org , feel free to join up if you have a NeXT.
If you are interested you can see hundreds of the NeXTcomputer projects , I've done for customers at my youtube.com/robblessin channel. If if you don't buy from me and you have a NeXT computer you would like to get back up and running we can help !
We even have a free homebrew NeXT 68K emulator called previous you can run on Mac and PC's . Fun stuff and once more a great article !
I'm proud owner of NeXT Cube #4
Best Regards Rob Blessin