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April 20, 1994

PLAIN SPEAKING

By CBR Staff Writer

Ever felt vaguely stupid when repositories came to be discussed, found yourself idly wondering why a fish needs AD/Cycle, what the whole thing was for, and wishing you were somewhere else? You’ll be delighted to learn that you are in very good company, and that the emperor very probably has no clothes – at all events, that’s how that eternal little boy Steve Jobs sees it: asked by PC Week, Does NeXT have a repository strategy like the ones IBM or Microsoft seem to be developing? he replied iconoclastically What’s a repository? I’ve been asking and no one knows; it’s a database, and a word meant to shroud mystery, but it means nothing…

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