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Description This NeXT workstation (a NeXTcube) was used by Tim Berners-Lee as the first Web server on the en:World Wide Web. It is shown here as displayed in 2005 at Microcosm, the public science museum at CERN (where Berners-Lee was working in 1991 when he invented the Web).

The document resting on the keyboard is a copy of “Information Management: A Proposal,” which was Berners-Lee’s original proposal for the World Wide Web.

The partly peeled off label on the cube itself has the following text: “This machine is a server. DO NOT POWER IT DOWN!!”

Just below the keyboard (not shown) is a label which reads: “At the end of the 80s, Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web using this Next computer as the first Web server.”

The book is probably “Enquire Within upon Everything”, which TBL describes on page one of his book Weaving the Web as “a musty old book of Victorian advice I noticed as a child in my parents’ house outside London”.

That “DO NOT POWER IT DOWN” label needs to be on a t-shirt.



After being fired from Apple, Steve Jobs created perhaps the most auteurist desktop computer ever manufactured, cyberpunkishly named “NeXTcube” and branded by blue chip industrial designer Paul Rand. This glowing third party manual is really more love letter than handbook (favorite line: While the cube is solid, monolithic, dark and quiet, the display is sleek, spread out, bright and sonic. It catches your attention with contrasts of darkness and light). 

For all the hyperbole, it was a remarkable machine, startlingly contemporary for its 1989 birthdate.

ISBN 0201158515