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Re: Which SGI box is your favorite and why?

Posted: Sat Feb 03, 2018 4:54 pm
by EmpireAndrew
I don't have much experience of SGI machines, but I do remember being in high school and college in the early-mid 90s and lusting after the Indy, especially the WebForce version as it was built for web production or so they claimed. And it looked so much cooler than PC's. Plus it had a camera!
I then wanted the O2 purely due to the way it looked, especially with the SW1600.

Now I have both and I have to say the Indy is my favorite.
It's quiet, easy to deal with, I love pizza box type cases as they save space, and the case is more solid than the O2.
It has an unpretentious charm to it.
And my 133MHz 4400 on 5.3 flies compared to my PC's and Macs of the period. In rendering simply table based websites it runs at 10x their speed...

Re: Which SGI box is your favorite and why?

Posted: Mon Feb 05, 2018 9:23 pm
by vishnu
EmpireAndrew wrote:I don't have much experience of SGI machines, but I do remember being in high school and college in the early-mid 90s and lusting after the Indy, especially the WebForce version as it was built for web production or so they claimed.


Hey, the guy who spearheaded the WebForce project, John McCrea, is a member here! He wrote up the history of the project and posted it on his website, ab fab reading:

https://therealmccrea.com/

Scroll down to the Jan 25 2015 posting. :P

Re: Which SGI box is your favorite and why?

Posted: Tue Feb 06, 2018 8:05 am
by Dodoid
Good posts, probably among the best insights into SGI's internal history out there. That seems relatively uncommon, though I suppose it's going to be more obscure than internal history for any company. In fact, these posts are so detailed I have considered doing an SGI History "Part 3 and a half" about it. Maybe if I ever redo the SGI History series. There are a few things I would change in that series, even now that the compilation is released (e.g. actually remember that the Challenge machines exist, make a few corrections I have had to add with cards particularly with regards to CRAY and NUMAlink, talk slower, script revisions, include some decent pictures of my own machines rather than poorly cropped low-res pics from the web).

Keeping on topic, however, I can fully recommend the McCrea WebFORCE posts.

Re: Which SGI box is your favorite and why?

Posted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 10:18 pm
by vishnu
Internal history wise, Jim Clark's 1998 book "Netscape Time" has some doozies on what was going on at SGI in the early 90's, and why those events convinced him that the only way to save his sanity was to leave the company, the company he created... :shock:

Re: Which SGI box is your favorite and why?

Posted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 11:10 am
by pauliedweasel
EmpireAndrew wrote:I don't have much experience of SGI machines, but I do remember being in high school and college in the early-mid 90s and lusting after the Indy, especially the WebForce version as it was built for web production or so they claimed. And it looked so much cooler than PC's. Plus it had a camera!
I then wanted the O2 purely due to the way it looked, especially with the SW1600.

Now I have both and I have to say the Indy is my favorite.
It's quiet, easy to deal with, I love pizza box type cases as they save space, and the case is more solid than the O2.
It has an unpretentious charm to it.
And my 133MHz 4400 on 5.3 flies compared to my PC's and Macs of the period. In rendering simply table based websites it runs at 10x their speed...

Now, what you really need is an Indy Brief Case!

Re: Which SGI box is your favorite and why?

Posted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 12:36 pm
by computron
The Indigo 2 , because it was my first SGI.....

i had a R10k MaxImpact, with feets.

Cheers

Eve

Re: Which SGI box is your favorite and why?

Posted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 3:38 pm
by Intuition
Now that I have an Octane it has become my favorite. It is just so snappy. Even the default 195mhz single proc felt more snappy than the 400mhz o2. Sure, not at render time. But for general modeling and interactivity the Octane has the optimal workstation feel for working with 3d graphics at the time.

Though, I wish I could hook the Octane to the 1600sw. The o2 is basically noiseless and the flatscreen make for a very nice experience. Though my regular dual xeon pc is quite loud such that the Octane is much more quiet by more than half.

The Octane has the best collection of running applications as well. So it is easier to just have it running and get everything I need in one place.