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HISTORY
NeXTstation was a high-end workstation computer developed, manufactured and sold by NeXT from 1990 until 1993. It ran the NeXTSTEP operating system. The NeXTstation was released as a more affordable alternative to the NeXTcube at about US $4,995 or about half the price. Several models were produced, including the NeXTstation (25 MHz), NeXTstation Turbo (33 MHz), NeXTstation Color (25 MHz) and NeXTstation Turbo Color (33 MHz). In total, NeXT sold about 50,000 computers, making the NeXTstation today a rarity as many units have since stopped working.

The NeXTstation came with a NeXT MegaPixel 17" monitor (with built-in speakers) and a keyboard and mouse. It was affectionately known as "the slab", since the flat shape contrasted quite sharply with the original NeXT Computer (otherwise known as "the cube").

SPECIFICATIONS
  • Size 15.625" x 14.25" x 2.5"
  • 8 megabytes of RAM
  • 25 MHz Motorola 68040 processor
  • NeXTSTEP 3.3
  • 4-shade greyscale NeXT MegaPixel 17" monitor
  • 4.1GB storage

USAGE
The NeXTstation currently in my posession has a long and storied history, most of which I don't actually know myself. I do know that it used to belong to the New Mexico Tech physics department at one time, and that for a while one of my former housemates owned it with the hope of bringing it back to life. After some time, he gave up on that endeavor and handed it off to a mutual friend who intended to sell it; however, that proved non-lurcative, so it ended up in my possession in the Summer of 2008. Because I took the machine on a whim, it was last in line of all my machines to get fixed; that changed when I got my hands on a transciever.

I am an amateur radio operator, license KC8UKQ; once I obtained this transciever, I decided upon what the function of the NeXTstation would be - a radio-shack QSL machine, where I could sit and chat over the 2m band and record who all I encountered on the radio. After obtaining everything necessary to make the machine work - a hard drive, a monitor, a keyboard, and finally a mouse this past January - the box was dubbed "Chunderspunk" and was ready to go. I installed NeXTSTEP 3.3 on it, as that was the operating system I could get my hands on at the time.

Current plans for the future of this machine include writing my own QSL-recording software in Objective C - perhaps even refining it for Mac OS X and releasing it to the general public - and using it for the aforementioned purpose.