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by SiliconClassics
Thu Feb 15, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Getting Started, Documentation, Tips & Tricks
Topic: WSI WEATHERProducer and Showfx
Replies: 6
Views: 238

Re: WSI WEATHERProducer and Showfx

Hi, unfortunately I sold that O2 almost a decade ago but I'll try to track down the buyer for you to see if he still has it.
by SiliconClassics
Fri Feb 09, 2018 6:19 am
Forum: SGI: Computer Graphics
Topic: Blue Moon Render Tools Renderman
Replies: 10
Views: 389

Re: Blue Moon Render Tools Renderman

Blue Moon was a little industry myth. Like all things Animal Logic, there wasn't a ton of info on the net when it was a hot ticket item. IIRC BMRT was started by Larry Gritz while he was a programmer at Pixar. After he left to develop it independently, Pixar slapped him with a cease-and-desist clai...
by SiliconClassics
Sun Feb 04, 2018 5:56 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Features that a vintage machine must have in order to spark your interest?
Replies: 22
Views: 616

Re: Vintage machine features that spark your interest?

Irinikus wrote:Confirm that the Oxygen 402 would work in my AlphaStation, as it appears to have a fairly large chip marked "digital" on it?


According to the User's Manual it should be Alpha-compatible.
by SiliconClassics
Fri Feb 02, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Features that a vintage machine must have in order to spark your interest?
Replies: 22
Views: 616

Re: Vintage machine features that spark your interest?

Same, if it can't do graphics then I'm generally not interested. SGI machines will always be my favorite vintage systems but I'll probably never own a Challenge or Origin. That said, I'm really not interested in modern systems either. The latest NVidia cards are incredibly powerful but for some reas...
by SiliconClassics
Sat Jan 27, 2018 7:05 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: your latest purchase
Replies: 921
Views: 32737

Re: your latest purchase

I've had good luck with Linux Lite on a variety of systems. Its requirements are a 700MHz CPU and 512MB of RAM so it should run well on your ThinkPad. It's based on Ubuntu but looks and feels a lot like Windows XP / Mac OS Tiger, flat gray interface without a bunch of garish colors everywhere.
by SiliconClassics
Fri Jan 26, 2018 7:58 am
Forum: Hardware For Sale/Trade
Topic: Neat Tezro or sale in New York (not mine)
Replies: 6
Views: 315

Re: Neat Tezro or sale in New York (not mine)

Paging SiliconClassics, probably just needs some new fans. Thanks man, but I've got my hands full trying to configure this HP xw8400 and my storage unit is stuffed to the gills with older MIPS stuff :( That said, this does seem like a great opportunity to snag a Tezro! EDIT: Looks like the eBay lis...
by SiliconClassics
Wed Jan 24, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: I like workstations dedicated to only one purpose ...
Replies: 11
Views: 489

Re: I like workstations dedicated to only one purpose ...

Shiunbird wrote:OMG... that screen... drool....


SGI sold their own badged version of that CRT in the early 2000s. Trust me, carrying one up a flight of stairs is not fun.
by SiliconClassics
Tue Jan 23, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Hardware For Sale/Trade
Topic: SGI IRIS Universe Magazine sold on eBay for $100?!
Replies: 6
Views: 297

SGI IRIS Universe Magazine sold on eBay for $100?!

I love collecting printed SGI paraphernalia as much as the next guy, but I still couldn't imagine paying $100 for a single issue of IRIS Universe magazine!

Did anyone on here win the auction? What prompted you to bid so high?

And, uh, congratulations!
by SiliconClassics
Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: your latest purchase
Replies: 921
Views: 32737

Re: your latest purchase

Picked this up from Craigslist last weekend - it's an HP xw8400 workstation from 2007. Came with 16GB ECC memory (32GB max) and I've upgraded the processors to dual 3GHz Xeon x5365 for a total of 8 cores. It has onboard SATA, SAS, FireWire, IDE, and even has 9-pin serial, parallel, and floppy drive ...
by SiliconClassics
Thu Jan 04, 2018 5:52 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Intel backdoor: not a bug, a feature (buy a new processor!!!)
Replies: 46
Views: 1232

Re: Intel backdoor: not a bug, a feature (buy a new processor!!!)

Exactly how dangerous is this flaw? According to the link "It allows normal user programs – from database applications to JavaScript in web browsers – to discern to some extent the layout or contents of protected kernel memory areas" - so does this mean a web page could silently read my pa...
by SiliconClassics
Sat Dec 23, 2017 4:11 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: your latest purchase
Replies: 921
Views: 32737

Re: your latest purchase

Sweet Tezro! That's the last workstation I'd like to add to my collection but prices haven't yet come down like Octanes or O2s. Someday...
by SiliconClassics
Fri Dec 22, 2017 2:19 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Cryptocurrency?
Replies: 23
Views: 716

Re: Cryptocurrency?

Bitcoin crashed today, down from a high near $20,000 last week to a current price around $11,000. No telling where it goes from here but I wouldn't be surprised to see it make a head-and-shoulders top and then drop below $10,000 by early January. Then again, it could recover and rocket up to $30,000...
by SiliconClassics
Fri Dec 22, 2017 2:08 pm
Forum: Hardware For Sale/Trade
Topic: Free monitor
Replies: 5
Views: 328

Re: Free monitor

Is it in good working condition?
by SiliconClassics
Sun Dec 17, 2017 5:52 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Cryptocurrency?
Replies: 23
Views: 716

Re: Cryptocurrency?

How is a Bitcoin's value determined? As far as I am aware, it's determined by nothing more than what someone else is willing to pay for it. That's the problem: there's no way to put a value on Bitcoin since it doesn't generate any sort of return, so it all comes down to what people are willing to p...
by SiliconClassics
Fri Dec 15, 2017 3:30 am
Forum: SGI: Computer Graphics
Topic: Softimage weirdness: Not registering mouse clicks
Replies: 12
Views: 329

Re: Softimage weirdness: Not registering mouse clicks

1280 x 1024 was the standard display resolution for computer graphics workstations throughout most of the 90s - you should just find a display that works natively at that resolution. Thankfully thrift stores are full of them now so you'll have plenty of low-cost options.

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