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Re: Why do you collect SGI kit?

Unread postby ClassicHasClass » Sun Nov 24, 2013 9:24 am

hamei, seriously, you still do all your Internet browsing on your Fuel? All of it?


Hey, I still do all of it from Power Macs. Admittedly, TenFourFox is my own port, and it's based on Mozilla 24, not Mozilla 1.9.0.19.
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Re: Why do you collect SGI kit?

Unread postby Jack Luminous » Sun Nov 24, 2013 10:37 am

jan-jaap wrote:
Jack Luminous wrote:old swiss reel-to-reel machines

Studer/Revox? Kewl. I swear, one day I'll buy a Mk II B77 8-)


Yes Revox. One C278 eight track to record and one C270 two track to mix. Great machines ! I spoke to the local Revox dealer about spare parts availability and he told me : "Yes, we have a huge spare parts stock for all models from way back to the 50s". Then I asked : "What if some special part is not in stock anymore, especially the record/play/erase heads ?" and he replied : "Don't worry, we still have all the original molds, we'll just make new ones".... 8-)
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Re: Why do you collect SGI kit?

Unread postby hamei » Sun Nov 24, 2013 9:07 pm

ClassicHasClass wrote:Hey, I still do all of it from Power Macs. Admittedly, TenFourFox is my own port, and it's based on Mozilla 24, not Mozilla 1.9.0.19.

We'll get there, fella. One day ...


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to bear the unbearable sorrow
to run where the brave dare not go ...

To right the unrightable wrong
to despise fireflop from afar
to try when your arms are too weary
to reach the unreachable star

This is my quest
to follow that star
no matter how hopeless
no matter how far

To fight for the right
without question or pause
to be willing to march into Hell
for a heavenly cause

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to this glorious quest
that my heart will lie peaceful and calm
when I'm laid to my rest

Go to hell, you stinking lousy fireflop,
some day, the world will shine bright and so true
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that runs, in Irix so help us do !

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that one man, scorned and covered with scars
still strove with his last ounce of courage
to get a fucking web browser that actually works ... !!
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Re: Why do you collect SGI kit?

Unread postby vishnu » Mon Nov 25, 2013 12:38 am

hamei wrote:To fight the unbeatable foe
to bear the unbearable sorrow
to run where the brave dare not go ...

I'm now drinking a martini with two olives to celebrate this Rat Pack tributary post... :P
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Re: Why do you collect SGI kit?

Unread postby hamei » Mon Nov 25, 2013 3:55 am

vishnu wrote:I'm now drinking a martini with two olives to celebrate this Rat Pack tributary post... :P

Have another, vish ...
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Re: Why do you collect SGI kit?

Unread postby vishnu » Mon Nov 25, 2013 7:28 am

Dag yo! :shock:

By all accounts Dean never recovered from the untimely death of his son, suffered in an aircraft accident he was the pilot of...
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Re: Why do you collect SGI kit?

Unread postby Torque » Tue Apr 01, 2014 2:15 pm

For me, it's some nostalgia and wanting to own once expensive machines that were involved in the creative CGI process of some fantastic Hollywood movies. I've had an Octane for about 6 years, but just acquired a (new to me) O2 as well. The Octane is also getting some upgrades.

I intend on putting more time into learning the ins and outs of these fantastic machines.

I also have a few 68K Macs that I've collected (Quadra 700 and Quadra 840AV) and I'll never get rid of, they were the first machines I used for CAD and graphics after college at some of my first jobs.

A wise colleague of mine once told me, "A piece of technology will never do anything less that it did the day it was new." Since then I've always remembered that it's society (and the expectations) that changes, but not the tech. :D
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Re: Why do you collect SGI kit?

Unread postby Trippynet » Tue Apr 01, 2014 2:32 pm

It's a difficult one for me. I wouldn't say I "collect" them per-se, it's just me trying to get hold of a piece of computing history and owning a piece of kit that (when I was about 13 years old) first made me properly say "wow!" when I saw what it looked like and what it was capable of at the time.

Now, I've moved on from my earlier post in this thread and I am indeed the proud owner of my most favourite SGI machine - an Indigo2 IMPACT. Even now, I still play around on it once or twice a week, and it still gives me a buzz to see it sitting there all purple and gorgeous in the corner of my room.

Over the last couple of days I've been "decommissioning" my O2 and preparing it for storage (copying all my useful data off, pulling the 300GB hard drives out, cloning the OS onto two smaller HDDs for storage and possible future use). The reason? It's being replaced with the one other SGI machine I've always wanted to own - a Fuel. Reason being that when I acquired my Indys, it was SGI's current IRIX machine (along with the Tezro) that they were selling (I always remember seeing it proudly displayed on SGI's site), and it also ended up being part of the final generation of MIPS/IRIX machines.

Oh, and the missus says I'm only allowed 2 SGIs in my office room - hence why the O2 has to make way. Still, it hardly gets used anyway now I have the Indigo2. To me historically, the I2 is just a more special machine. The O2 (to me) was always designed as a budget machine (well, as budget as SGI get) and was used for teaching the students. The Indigo2 though was the high-end machine of its time and was used by the professional 3D developers.
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:Fuel: - Lithium: R14000 600MHz CPU, 4GB RAM, V10 Graphics, 72GB 15k HDD & 300GB 10k HDD, 1Gb/s NIC, New/quiet fans, IRIX 6.5.30
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Re: Why do you collect SGI kit?

Unread postby Kumba » Sun Jul 13, 2014 6:50 pm

For me, I was somewhere between 8 and 11 years old, and was leaving a military hospital after a basic check up (I'm a military brat). Twas a quiet day on the air base, and as me and my dad were walking back to the car, we saw over in an adjacent parking lot, this large, all-black semi-truck with the big SGI cube logo on the side of the trailer, in silver. I had to go have a look, so, begrudgingly, my dad walked me over there to see if they'ed let us look inside. Sure enough, they had no problem, so we walked up the stairs into one side of the trailer into a fully carpeted room with a whole slew of SGI systems on a table, all running demos and the like. Couldn't touch anything, but I remember they at least had Indy and Indigo2 systems up and running. Spent about 5-10mins just staring at systems I thought were totally out of this world (all I had at home was an IBM PC/XT that booted MS-DOS 3.0 and a Commodore 64), then left and headed home.

That's all it took, and I've made it my life goal not only to acquire as many SGI systems as I have room for, but to try and get a few of them to run and do things. Throw in getting to use an Indy at Epcot Innoventions in the mid-90's, the Nintendo 64 being a joint Nintendo/SGI thing, and my childhood can be partially defined as having an SGI obsession.

Running IRIX on them is easy, but that's a dead OS now (I know a lot of people here don't like hearing that). Unless SGI/Rackable dumps the source code at some point (support ended Dec 2013, so...), it's going to get progressively harder to try new things on these systems. So...Linux! Which is not easy, because I am not a kernel hacker and it can take me days of puzzling over hardware documentation to get something to work that more seasoned programmers could do blind and with one hand.

I only recently started to resurrect Linux on the Octane, and that was tough to try and decipher how the HEART ASIC works, how to update Stan's old code, and how to wire in new Linux subsystem changes to make it all tick. Still stuck on getting SMP to boot, but all in time. Linux/MIPS has been somewhat taken over by commercial interests lately, and there just doesn't seem to be a lot of the old hobbyist crowd around anymore. So maybe I can put some spark back into that side of things soon. I still have to unify portions of the IOC3 driver with the IP27 side, and try to send in patches and not get shredded on the LKML over it. Then, big maaaaaaaaaybe, try to tackle IP35 support.

When people puzzle over why this interests me, I ask them if they've ever met someone that collects old cars. That's when the light bulb comes on and they understand my love for these old machines.

PS, in terms of going for SGI rarities, I acquired this off of eBay recently and hung it on the wall above the Tezro:
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:Onyx2: 4x R14000 :Tezro: 4x R16000 :Fuel: 1x R16000 :Octane: 2x R14000 :O2+: RM7000 :O2: R10000 :O2: RM5200 :Indigo: R4400 :Indigo2IMP: R10000 :Indigo2: R8000 :O3x0: 4x R14000 :Indy: R5000

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Re: Why do you collect SGI kit?

Unread postby Raion-Fox » Mon Jul 14, 2014 11:06 am

I am obsessed with retrocomputing, I don't really know why but I like the fact that I'm saving systems from landfills and keeping them in use.
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Re: Why do you collect SGI kit?

Unread postby davefischer » Tue Aug 26, 2014 10:17 pm

I like high-end 90s RISC servers. I mostly collect Sun, but also a little SGI. I don't like workstations, realtime graphics, or funny cases. But an Origin-2000 is an amazing piece of hardware. I have a few smaller SGIs (O2 & O200), only because it makes dealing with the big machine easier. (O2 is a nice install server, etc.)
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Re: Why do you collect SGI kit?

Unread postby Ryan Fox » Tue Oct 14, 2014 11:30 pm

I was exposed to a 4D 310 VGX in a design firm many many years ago. First SGI was able to get my hands on was a Indigo 2 R4k with solid impact graphics... These days I still use my Onyx Desksides for modeling elements and or portions of scenes :)
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Re: Why do you collect SGI kit?

Unread postby modology » Thu Oct 16, 2014 10:19 pm

back then in 2008, it has been always my dream to acquire a Octane2. I saved up enough money from part time work, instead of blowing cash for thrill ride on fast car like all my friends did, I've bought a retired Tezro system that comes with all the extra boxes (VBOB, Stone Storage, etc...) for Discreet SMOKE.

I've thought I could used it for any serious works but at that time any x86 would have smoked MIPs and most pro softwares were no longer developed ( started with Maya jumped to x86 and Discreet stop developing IFFFs for IRIX). The machine becomes my trophy, I don't use it as much aside from turning it on now and then, just to muck around and being mesmerized by the incredible CPU case design ( by Frog Design Inc. btw ). Due to have no fixed place ( i was living in the apartment unit and shared with 4 other students ), I've decided to sell it fellow nekochan member in sydney, knowing it that he will take good care of it.


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