smj wrote:smj wrote:I'm not suggesting there isn't a connection - who knows who read that post inside SGI and elsewhere?Dodroid wrote:As for using the name in the mid 2000s though? You gotta wonder if someone at SGI read the comp.sys.sgi.hardware "Am I Dreaming?" post.
I'm sure *somebody* at SGI read it, I think many employees spent a few idle minutes in the various comp.sys.sgi.* groups, just like Sun, DEC, HP employees, and others. Which is why I didn't say anything foolish like, "That's unpossible!"
It could be that Casey Leedom was playing with an idea and recalled the old customer wish/post, and grabbed the name. It could be he independently came up with the term. Maybe it was a standing in-house joke post-1994 and every initial new product pitch went through a "Banana 2000" phase before it got it's own code name.
Maybe a(nother) helpful ex-SGI employee will run across this thread one day and share an enlightening story...
Hopefully someday. Thankfully, unlike Reddit, Nekochan doesn't lock threads after 6 months, meaning that old ones can still be replied to forever and some of the most popular threads are years old but still relevant.
I doubt the name "Banana 2000" was applied to everything, as something like the Origin2000 bears little resemblance to the idea for a simple, low end SGI put forward in the 1994 post. It does, however, make sense to me that a cheap SGI built with Nvidia graphics might be named after an idea that also suggested lowering the cost of an SGI system using PC components.