A computer-enthusiastic historian 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 "tens of thousands of pages of magazines, newsletters, and computer catalogs" over the years, and also co-hosts ANTIC: The Atari 8-Bit Podcast that performs hundreds of interviews with the people involved in the company.
Savetz told The Verge 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 before, and I could find a lot of reference to him online, so it was an easy choice to scan it. " Since then, it was auctioned off 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. What is surprising about the software is how familiar it is for Apple users. NeXT, said Savetz, was a particularly interesting company, because "it came at a crucial time, 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 very attractive."