The Day that NeXTstep Died: The Lament of NeXTSTEP User Groups International

August 1, 2009 § 1 Comment

NUGI was the grandly named “NeXTSTEP User Groups International” — a last ditch effort by a bunch of NeXT fanatics to maintain interest in a mainstream operating system while NeXT the company was gravitating towards WebObjects and the enterprise. I as a grad student was President, some guy in Europe was Chairman, and that was pretty much all there was to it.

We didn’t succeed, but we built some close relationships with others equally as zany that continue to this day.

And at least we went out with a bang (below). Amazingly, the original post — including audio from the live performance Rohit and I did — is still available on!

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MacareNeXT: The official dance song of the Apple – NeXT merger

August 1, 2009 § Leave a comment

It was January of 1997. Apple had just announced the acquisition of NeXT. The Macarena was the world’s most popular dance song. I was growing increasingly restless in my job as a management consultant.

It all came together here…

(apologies for the outdated links, but I wanted to preserve the historical record)

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UNIX for the PC (Politically Correct)

August 1, 2009 § Leave a comment

While cleaning up one of my old websites, I decided to move the technical-related articles to this blog. I’m starting with a document I wrote back in 1993 that was accepted on the USENIX newsgroup rec.humor.funny. This was all pre-Linux, so the whole concept of UNIX on a Personal Computer was itself something of a joke!

The humor is certainly a bit dated, but Google still finds over 5,000 copies (alas, mostly uncredited). Yes, I really did write this myself.

Much later, this also formed the basis for a surprisingly successful Apple Fool’s Day marketing request — but that’s another story. :-}

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