BeOS was developed initially in the early 1990’s to compete directly against Windows and Mac OS in the desktop market. These were high hopes for Be Inc., who were headed into territory long abandoned by the likes of Commodore and Atari. Be’s initial strategy was very similar to Apple’s. The BeOS was initial compiled for PPC hardware only, and ran exclusively on the BeBox.
Terry Wayne Allen (Magnum T.A.) joined the NWA in 1977 after finding success in many smaller territories. Magnum was being readied for prime-time, having been put up against the likes of Dusty Rhodes, Ric Flair and Harley Race. He even won the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship 2 times in his short time with the promotion.
In 1986, Magnum’s career ended when he crashed his Porsche into a telephone pole. He paralyzed the right side of his body and was unable to perform in the ring. For 7 years, Magnum was a major draw for the NWA promotion, and in the blink of an eye, it was all over with. Be Inc. ended abruptly too. After the BeBox had failed, the company developed an x86 version of the operating system and tried to sell it on store shelves. After failing on the retail front, Be started shopping it’s OS around and eventually landed on the lawn of One Infinite Loop, vying for the opportunity to replace the aging Mac OS. The relationship didn’t progress past a simple courtship. Steve Jobs was also shopping around his NeXT software and was able to come to an agreement with Apple Inc. This was his opportunity to come back home. Shortly after his return to the company, then CEO Gil Amelio was let go by the board of directors and Steve filled the shoes of CEO, in an interim capacity, immediately.
Once the deal fell through for Be Inc., production on the BeOS stopped almost immediately. The little OS that could ended with a flash that was just as fast as Magnum’s car crash. Both lasted about as long as the each other. In the 90’s, there was nothing bad you could say about Magnum, and equally so there was nothing bad you could say about Be. The two both earned enough respect to be remembered in a positive light, but for the most part they are both forgotten by all…
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