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Unread postPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2012 4:49 pm 
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I use my Indigo as a bookend, a duty which it fulfills both admirably and competently.


At least it is doing something useful :mrgreen:

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Unread postPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2012 10:08 pm 
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R-ten-K wrote:
I use my Indigo as a bookend, a duty which it fulfills both admirably and competently.

Cool ! now, get it copper plated, like baby shoes :P


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Unread postPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2012 10:10 pm 
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hamei wrote:
R-ten-K wrote:
I use my Indigo as a bookend, a duty which it fulfills both admirably and competently.

Cool ! now, get it copper plated, like baby shoes :P

If you can do a couple I might buy a set. :)

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Unread postPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 1:36 pm 
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Hello,

I am a new member of the forum and wanted to ask you for advise. I was offered a nice o2+ (400mhz) for a decent price and I am thinking to buy it. I was playing with IRIX some years ago at my university. Do you use your SGIs (o2) on daily basis? Is it still a capable computer worth spending few hundreds? Are there any things you can only do on SGIs?

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Unread postPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 4:01 pm 
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It depends on what you would need it for, don't expect it to perform like a modern era x86/x64 Intel or AMD machine in every task. Web browsing on all but the higher end machines is painful, but C/C++ programming, practice with UNIX and something new to learn are all very viable on an O2. I had a R5k 300mhz a few months back, it worked great as a frontend for my Origin 300s and since got a Fuel to do that job.

Definitely make sure you've got a decent U160/U320 drive like a Maxtor Atlas II 15k or Seagate 15k.3, that made a huge boost in my O2's loading times of IRIX.

Having and using a SGI machine today is unique to the individual, I won't speak for everyone on here, but I get a huge sense of enjoyment out of working on them in tandem with my current generation AMD hardware.

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Unread postPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2013 3:07 am 
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I'm not sure what kind of thread this is going to turn into, so here goes nothin'.

What do you guys still use your machines for?

I've got a whole basement filled with crap that for some reason I can't bare to look at anymore. I used to enjoy tinkering around with "computers" in general (HPPA, 68k, 88k, Itanium, x86, PowerPC, Sparc, MIPS, you name it) but recently I've found I can't seem to give a shit anymore. It all feels like a bunch of mind bogglingly boring procedures and head bashing to get to some text prompt and ask yourself "OK, now what?".

So I'm basically thinking about liquidating everything that doesn't have some kind of utility value in CG or audio/music production. The only systems I still bother using anymore are my Octane 2 and Fuel, and that's only because they run some semi-useful if not totally antiquated software (managed to find some legal licenses for Photoshop, SoftImage, and Maya).

I guess the second part of this thread is this- given the equipment below, can you guys think of any reasons why someone in CG/audio/programming would want to keep these machines around? I'm almost desperate for excuses to hang on to some of the machines, but I just can't come up with anything relevant.

1) DEC VAX 4000/200 Minicomputer (has a KFQSA SCSI controller so it can boot NetBSD)
2) IBM Multiprise 3000 Mainframe w/3172 and 3174 controllers plus two 3270 terminals
3) SGI Fuel (600mhz, 512MB RAM, V10)
4) SGI Octane 2 (2x600mhz, single V12 and a PCI shoebox)
5) Sun Blade 2000 (2x1.2ghz, 4GB RAM, XVR-1000 and SunPCI III Pro coprocessor)
6) Apple PowerMac G5 Quad 2.5ghz (late model with a Panasonic LCS, surprisingly hasn't leaked)
7) HP K570 Minicomputer w/Deskside skins (6x200mhz, 8GB RAM, has a full length backplane video card installed, can't remember the model though)
8) Apple Quadra 650 (strictly for use with my MacIvory III card set)
9) IBM RS/6000 43p Model 150 (375mhz, 1GB RAM)
10) ALR Revolution 6x6 (6*200mhz Pentium Pro, 128MB RAM)
11) Omron Luna 88k (4*25mhz, 32MB RAM, boots UniOS but I think NetBSD supports it)

Most of the hardware boots whatever native OS it was designed to boot (OpenVMS, OS/390, Irix, Solaris, Mac OS X, HPUX, OpenGenera, AIX, Windows NT, and UniOS). Basically, all the systems are complete as far as a console, keyboard, mouse, and optional networking peripherals go. I haven't really done anything with any of it (other then turning it on and off again, which gets old really fast- especially in the case of the MP3K), so I'm kind of looking for ideas on how I can use some of it for something useful other then hosting databases and crunching numbers (yes, I'm well aware that is what the majority of it was designed to do).

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Unread postPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2013 3:36 am 
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There's already a thread for this :)

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Thanks for pointing this out. The topics are now merged.


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Unread postPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2013 11:11 am 
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In the day, I lusted after those 6-way PPro ALRs. I also lusted after the G5 Quad, but I recently found one of those :-)

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Unread postPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2013 8:42 pm 
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Wow, didn't take long before we started lusting after bits of Dennis' collection, did it? :mrgreen:

Dennis Nedry wrote:
11) Omron Luna 88k (4*20mhz, 32MB RAM, boots UniOS but I think NetBSD supports it)

I would clone the system disk so that my Omron Luna 88k has something to boot from. There's an OpenBSD/luna88k port, but it doesn't support the framebuffer as far as I can tell...

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Unread postPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2013 9:15 pm 
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I used to use my SGI for image processing, and, as you might expect, it worked very well.

Things have changed since, and now I'm a little more storage oriented, which is great, because I can still use my SGIs for that anyway (CXFS). I'm building up a new storage network at home, this is my new project, but I won't shred much details over this just yet; my project needs another 3-4 months of work at this time.

Anyone else using CXFS?

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Unread postPosted: Sat Aug 24, 2013 12:10 am 
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Wow, didn't take long before we started lusting after bits of Dennis' collection, did it? :mrgreen:

Dennis Nedry wrote:
11) Omron Luna 88k (4*20mhz, 32MB RAM, boots UniOS but I think NetBSD supports it)

I would clone the system disk so that my Omron Luna 88k has something to boot from. There's an OpenBSD/luna88k port, but it doesn't support the framebuffer as far as I can tell...


OpenBSD/luna88k supports the framebuffer and (monochrome) X: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EUpSpUD0Qw

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Unread postPosted: Sat Aug 24, 2013 10:16 am 
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Since we're commenting on his collection:

- The G5 quad Panasonic LCSes are pretty good. I have one of these that I bought new (only owner) and it is still my regular Mac, over seven years later. The Delphi LCSes were the ones that leaked excessively. Of course, I also usually run it in Reduced mode, which probably extends the machine's life greatly.

- Oh, that Quadra 650 is totally useless. It will probably also eat your children and everything in the fridge. You should get rid of it right away and send it to me immediately. Make sure the MacIvory cards are in it because THEY ARE SATAN. And, uh, I'll make sure they're, uh, properly disposed of.

- Who cares if it's relevant to keep them around? Admittedly there's no Mrs. CHC, so no one is making me get rid of anything, but these are great machines. Even if you never use them, they still are interesting to collect. I don't use my BeBox a lot, but it would take something cataclysmic to make me get rid of it. It's just cool. Similarly, I don't use my Power Mac 7300 or generic 486 PC a lot, but when I want to run classic Mac or DOS games, they're the ones I reach for.

- Some of my collector machines are doing work in the server room, such as the Cobalt RaQ 1 and Alpha Micro E300. In fairness most of these machines weren't configured as consumer devices (on the other hand, a Mac IIci has run my internal DNS for roughly a decade, and still does; it's outlasted three cache cards).

- Jokes aside, I do have to say your minis and the IBM mainframe are definitely not for the casual collector. My physically largest machines are the HP 9000/350 (in an HP rack in the server room with HP-IB hard disk and floppies and megapixel CRT) and PDP-11/44 (in storage with an orphaned RL02). I couldn't imagine big iron in this house. But I'd sure be sorry if I ever had to get rid of them.

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OpenBSD/luna88k supports the framebuffer and (monochrome) X: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EUpSpUD0Qw

Sweet! I was just going by the OpenBSD/luna88k page, which I thought indicated it wasn't working yet but I guess somebody just meant the X server could use improvement ("Projects: Better mouse support, and X server."). Nice to see it will work with an LCD, too (haven't had my Luna out in years, sigh).

Hee hee - one minute to initial screen painting, ~3:20 for the initial programs and TWM to finish starting. Great to see it running though!

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