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Scan of a Silicon Graphics Indigo ad

Unread postby JeroenJ » Sun Oct 26, 2014 6:43 am

Hello all,

Perhaps the Indigo fans will like this; I came across a two-page advertisement for Silicon Graphics' Indigo a while ago. I hadn't seen it anywhere else, so I thought I should scan it and post it here.
Indigo_ad_small.jpg

The image above is intentionally scaled down (don't want to put strain on nekochan site traffic). A bigger version (4888x3166, 5.6 MB) can be downloaded here.

I suspect the result is not fantastic (the break between the two pages is quite discernible, for example), but it was all I could do with an all-in-one printer/scanner and my own limited photo retouching skills.

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Re: Scan of a Silicon Graphics Indigo ad

Unread postby vishnu » Sun Oct 26, 2014 12:35 pm

Freaking awesome, that's about as close as SGI ever came to marketing its products to the general public, thanks a bunch for posting it... :mrgreen:
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Re: Scan of a Silicon Graphics Indigo ad

Unread postby nongrato » Sun Oct 26, 2014 12:52 pm

Very cool, thanks for sharing!

Btw, does anyone have Octane ads and posters?
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Re: Scan of a Silicon Graphics Indigo ad

Unread postby Kumba » Tue Oct 28, 2014 6:35 pm

nongrato wrote:Very cool, thanks for sharing!

Btw, does anyone have Octane ads and posters?

No ads, but I have an Octane refrigerator magnet on my fridge, and a mini-Octane keychain in storage some place. Also an inflatable O2.
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Re: Scan of a Silicon Graphics Indigo ad

Unread postby Raion-Fox » Tue Oct 28, 2014 7:34 pm

I know an ex-SGI employee with an "IRIX is forever!" button. Also he has some business cards from his days in the company and, up until a year or two ago, he had an Octane2 maxed out. I shudder to think what he did with it.
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Re: Scan of a Silicon Graphics Indigo ad

Unread postby Kumba » Tue Oct 28, 2014 7:52 pm

TeamBlackFox wrote:I shudder to think what he did with it.

Hopefully he passed it on, whole, to someone else in some form. I saw an eBay auction years ago of a nicely-decked out Octane. Someone won it for about $500 or so. About eight hours later, the *same* Octane was parted out on eBay by that buyer, each part priced astronomically above what he paid for the machine as a whole. I was able to compare the pictures of one of the parts to the original listing, and the S/N's matched up. Twas quite sad :/

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Re: Scan of a Silicon Graphics Indigo ad

Unread postby sgifanatic » Sun Nov 09, 2014 7:11 am

I found this one in BYTE, March, 1992. Will see if I can do a highres scan.
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Re: Scan of a Silicon Graphics Indigo ad

Unread postby ClassicHasClass » Sun Nov 09, 2014 7:49 am

I remember an Indy ad in Wired. Wish I could find it now, because I drooled over it at the time (as a starving university undergrad).

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Re: Scan of a Silicon Graphics Indigo ad

Unread postby nongrato » Sun Nov 09, 2014 7:54 am

sgifanatic wrote:I found this one in BYTE.



"Cheaper"? Really?
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Re: Scan of a Silicon Graphics Indigo ad

Unread postby sgifanatic » Sun Nov 09, 2014 8:55 am

nongrato wrote:
sgifanatic wrote:I found this one in BYTE.



"Cheaper"? Really?


Not really "cheaper" in general, but perhaps relatively cheap for the specific set of tasks it excelled at. A DX2-66 from Dell w 8MB RAM was ~ $4,500 in '92. The base model Indigo server ran $6,400 w 8MB RAM. Not sure how the disk compared, but the MIPS ratings were 25 and 30 respectively. The Indigo was certainly priced a thousand or so dollars higher, on a per MIPS basis, but then it also offered quite a bit more expansion capability and sophistication.

Unix workstations survived the 486, but the advent of NT on the Pentium truly thrashed them. There was a temporary illusion of well being created by the .com spending spree, where Sun, in particular, could do no wrong, but looking at it from a true feature/value perspective, the Pentium had already delivered a mortal wound.
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Re: Scan of a Silicon Graphics Indigo ad

Unread postby sgifanatic » Sun Nov 09, 2014 3:54 pm

Here's a higher res version. I am no graphics artist, but here is my best effort with GIMP.
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Re: Scan of a Silicon Graphics Indigo ad

Unread postby hamei » Sun Nov 09, 2014 5:34 pm

nongrato wrote:"Cheaper"? Really?

Yes, cheaper. The Indigo was supposed to be the vanguard of the graphics/RISC/Unix move into what is now Apple territory. The graphics were far superior to anything available in the DOS world, while being much cheaper than the Evans & Sutherland stuff. IBM, Sun, HP and SGI were supposed to get together to rationalize the Unixes and take over the desktop. Clark wanted to bring graphics to the masses. He even developed set-top teevee boxes.

Greed and self-interest ruined that. "Inventor's Dilemna" my ass, think 'Midas'. One thing you have to give Billy Gates : he understood that ten cents out of every sale in a bazillion sale world is better than ten thousand dollars per transaction in a world that sells three machines a year.

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Re: Scan of a Silicon Graphics Indigo ad

Unread postby Kumba » Sun Nov 09, 2014 8:05 pm

hamei wrote:The graphics were far superior to anything available in the DOS world, while being much cheaper than the Evans & Sutherland stuff.

People in the PC demo/mod scene in the early 90's were doing some *insane* things with low-grade 386/486 hardware. If you haven't heard of nor seen Unreal ][ - The 2nd Reality, take ~15mins out of your day and watch it here:
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Re: Scan of a Silicon Graphics Indigo ad

Unread postby pentium » Sun Nov 09, 2014 10:06 pm

Wasn't the majority of the x86 demoscene heavily reliant on a assembly and hardware constraint? It was the era when clones were still everywhere.
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Re: Scan of a Silicon Graphics Indigo ad

Unread postby Kumba » Sun Nov 09, 2014 10:35 pm

pentium wrote:Wasn't the majority of the x86 demoscene heavily reliant on a assembly and hardware constraint? It was the era when clones were still everywhere.

I believe C and ASM were the preferred choices of programming languages. Looks like Unreal ][ also used TurboPascal as well. They used DOS' memory manager, but basically wrote their own video and sound drivers to directly interact w/ the hardware. Still very impressive to pull off some of the effects that they did on low-end hardware. 3D Mark (FutureMark) and other companies were founded by former members of Future Crew, and you can still find Purple Motion (Jonne Valtonen) composing music in the form of symphonic recreations of classic video game music:
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