A co-worker forwarded me this URL that has some mirrored videos of a demonstration Steve Jobs gave on the capabilities of the NeXTSTEP system back in the day. Considering that this is quite a while ago, the display of the technology is all the more amazing. It appears that even with as much that the Mac took from Xerox PARC's Alto computer, the NeXTSTEP is perhaps the true technological predecessor to the Alto. Very interesting stuff indeed. Apparently, the NeXTSTEP was largely an object-oriented operating system. Some of the stuff you see in the video was truly ahead of its time (as was the Alto computer in the first place).
You can imagine where the computing world would be if the Alto or NeXTSTEP caught on like the PC did. Enjoy!