BeBox: Rivals of early Macintosh 7 / マッキントッシュのライバルたち 7: BeBox

The BeBox was a short-lived dual processor personal computer, offered by Be Inc. in 1995. It had dual PowerPC 603 at 66MHz.

The BeBox had a unique I/O board named GeekPort, which had 2-ch 8-bit bidirectional digital port, 4-ch 12-bit A/D converter, 4-ch 8-bit D/A converter, +5V, +12V, -12V, and GND pins.

BeOS, which was an OS originally designed for BeBox and later ported to PowerMac and then Intel boxes, was also quite unique software based on Object Oriented technology like NeXTSTEP. BeOS’s runtime was based on the early version of C++, on the other hand the NeXTSTEP was based on Objective-C.

Note: Be was established by Jean-Louis Gassée, and BeOS was a candidate for replacement of classic Mac OS in Apple Computer. The switch to BeOS was called Plan Be in Apple.

The number of shipped BeBox was under only 2,000 world wide, and I was a man who was lucky enough to own one.

BeBoxは短命に終わったデュアルプロセッサ搭載パソコンで,初期型は66MHzの PowerPC 603 を2個搭載していた.デビューは1995年.

BeBoxはGeekPortと言うユニークなI/Oを備えていた.内容は2chの8ビット双方向デジタルポート,4chの12ビットA/Dコンバータ,4chの8ビットD/Aコンバータ,+5V, +12V, -12V とGNDの電源ラインだ.

BeBoxはまたBeOSという独特なOSと一緒に出荷された.BeOSは後にPowerMacそしてインテルボックス(PC/AT互換機)へと移植される.BeOSもなかなか先進的で,ランタイムはオブジェクト指向方法論ベースのものだった.NeXTSTEPはObjective-Cベースだったが,BeOSは(初期の)C++ベースだった.

ちなみに,Be社を作ったのはジャン・ルイ・ガゼーで,BeOSはアップルが次期OSを探していたときの候補(プランBeと呼ばれた)でもあった.

出荷されたBeBoxは全世界で2,000台以下とされる.僕はそのうちの1台を使っていた.

This weekend with these strong empowering women @heatherllove @beautybyjj @chanelboateng I was blessed to be part of this event. Inspired, motivated and encouraged by the talks, and very proud of the founder for @be_box …there first event was a huge success! Big kisses to my baby @gbemiokunlola for the blazer…the power shoulders were well received 😜😘😘😘❤ #ootd #bebox #MondayMotivation

The 12 Best Gadgets You Didn’t Buy

Somewhere in an alternate universe, the Earth 2 version of me is typing this article on a brand new Commodore Amiga sipping from a can of Crystal Pepsi when his Palm Pre 4 buzzes with a new CU-SeeMe video call. Unfortunately, in this universe, the best products don’t always win.

BeBox and BeOS

On Earth 2, the sheer brilliance and beauty of BeOS caused both the OS and its BeBox PCs to displace both Windows and Mac OS years ago. In the 1990s, this BeOS’s multithreading ability was so good that I could copy files off of my floppy disk without slowing the system. However, the best feature of this alternative OS was its clean and attractive GUI, complete with space-efficient title bars.

In the mid-1990s, Be Inc. chairman Jean-Louis Gasse tried to sell his OS to Apple, but the two companies couldn’t agree on a price. As a result, the Cupertino company bought Steve Jobs’ NeXT and used NeXTSTEP rather than BeOS as the basis for Mac OS X. If only consumers had thought differently and bought more than 1,800 BeBoxes in total, this superior platform would have survived on its own.

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