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Re: What made you a SGI fan?

Unread postby guardian452 » Mon Aug 18, 2008 3:35 pm

I think my aim message sums it up nicely:

after getting fed up with all of these circuit boards screwed to the side of a sheet metal box, it was so nice to finally meet a machine with intelligent design, with design dictated not by price or archaic standards, but by true technological genius and simply, the smartest group of engineers ever seen in one place. A machine that was, and still is, one of the finest pieces of craftsmanship the human race has ever constructed. The electronic equivalent of a hand-made swiss watch.

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Re: What made you a SGI fan?

Unread postby bigD » Mon Aug 18, 2008 4:16 pm

The chicks.
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Re: What made you a SGI fan?

Unread postby pentium » Mon Aug 18, 2008 4:33 pm

bigD wrote:The chicks.


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Please explain.
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Re: What made you a SGI fan?

Unread postby bigD » Mon Aug 18, 2008 5:01 pm

pentium wrote:Please explain.


It was just a joke. Apparently not a very good one. :)
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Re: What made you a SGI fan?

Unread postby recondas » Mon Aug 18, 2008 6:51 pm

pentium wrote: :roll:
Please explain.

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Re: What made you a SGI fan?

Unread postby Dr. Dave » Mon Aug 18, 2008 8:59 pm

LOL - if the phrase "Hey, I got a whole house full of SGI gear" works for you in a bar, she's a keeper...
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Re: What made you a SGI fan?

Unread postby ramq » Mon Aug 18, 2008 10:09 pm

after getting fed up with all of these circuit boards screwed to the side of a sheet metal box, it was so nice to finally meet a machine with intelligent design, with design dictated not by price or archaic standards, but by true technological genius and simply, the smartest group of engineers ever seen in one place. A machine that was, and still is, one of the finest pieces of craftsmanship the human race has ever constructed. The electronic equivalent of a hand-made swiss watch.

Well, if you don't include Origin plastic skins it might even be true.
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Re: What made you a SGI fan?

Unread postby compuman86 » Tue Aug 19, 2008 8:35 am

nekonoko wrote:
scottE wrote:Thank god for archivists.


Agreed, but here is a danger though. For example, there was a well known archivist of ancient CP/M boot media for just about any CP/M machine you could imagine. People would go to him whenever they came across a rare machine and he'd set them up with appropriate boot media.

Then one day he died, and his entire collection went with him. None of it was stored on the Internet, so there were no mirrors. Lots of one of kind software sets are now apparently lost, perhaps forever.

Not to be a downer (mortality is a touchy subject), I just hope that one day you do take the time to get these videos out there so they won't suffer a similar fate :)


thats why you should make some kind of plans for your stuff to be released to the community once you are gone, or will it to somebody who knows what they are doing with it and can do the same.
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Re: What made you a SGI fan?

Unread postby jade_angel » Tue Oct 21, 2008 11:17 am

What got me started? Well, that would be the article in Nintendo Power years ago when the N64 was in development, which raved on about the IRIS Indigo, the Indy and most shiny of all, the brand-new Power Indigo2. From that point, I wanted one. Jurassic Park just reinforced this. Funny thing is, I never managed to get one until just recently. Instead, I got interested in NeXTs somewhere along that line, then got a bunch of Suns. Finally, I managed to get myself a half-broken Indigo2, but by the time I got that even slightly working, a load of other machines fell into my lap.

I've just taken it from there :)

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Re: What made you a SGI fan?

Unread postby tbcpp » Thu Oct 23, 2008 1:14 pm

Demos of Discreet Video apps (Flame and Smoke). I'll never forget when I read somewhere that a Inferno system could stream and composite 4 4k streams at once......drool.
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Re: What made you a SGI fan?

Unread postby indyman007 » Thu Oct 23, 2008 11:50 pm

Probably the graphics!>!
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Re: What made you a SGI fan?

Unread postby Bluefan » Thu Oct 30, 2008 2:07 pm

sybrfreq wrote:I think my aim message sums it up nicely:

after getting fed up with all of these circuit boards screwed to the side of a sheet metal box, it was so nice to finally meet a machine with intelligent design, with design dictated not by price or archaic standards, but by true technological genius and simply, the smartest group of engineers ever seen in one place. A machine that was, and still is, one of the finest pieces of craftsmanship the human race has ever constructed. The electronic equivalent of a hand-made swiss watch.


That's what caught my attention when I saw them for the first time. On my dads work, there were three desks next to each other, each filled with an octane with a big 20" monitor, each with an external CDrom drive. The pc's where cramped on the other desks and used most of the time, but the octanes were proudly sitting on a big desk and looking awesome. I already had my first pc, so I knew how a simple box looked, and these things were way cooler. And they had a O2 too, with the camera. A little while later, we had the O2 and one octane at home, and they were very interesting, they had something normal pc's didn't have (stability). Then it went fast and now I have two octanes and my dad the third. I bought on ebay and other places and now I have way more computers than I need.

Then I decided not to study something with computers or programming, but I went for physics, and I really like it. It quite robbed me from my spare time last year, but I'm slowly getting more time for my sgi's. I even got a few origin's from my university. And if ever get into some product development, I have a great example to learn from.
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Re: What made you a SGI fan?

Unread postby R-ten-K » Thu Oct 30, 2008 10:31 pm

All this quote about "craftsmanship" and genius just brought a bit of a chuckle. Am I the only one who has gotten blisters from plugging boards in and out the board cages in the Powerseries and Onyx 1 machines? I loved the design of the original Indigo, very easy to work on. I am surprised they did not continue with that chassis-theme for their desktop machines.


SGIs were definitively nice machines, and in some areas a bit ahead of their time. Let's now carried away though... one day I will meet the genius who though that it would be a swell idea to make the top of the O2 and Octane rounded...
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Re: What made you a SGI fan?

Unread postby kramlq » Thu Oct 30, 2008 11:36 pm

R-ten-K wrote:All this quote about "craftsmanship" and genius just brought a bit of a chuckle. Am I the only one who has gotten blisters from plugging boards in and out the board cages in the Powerseries and Onyx 1 machines?


I've sliced my finger open on more than one occasion when lifting a VW320 by using the recessed PCI slot area at the back to get a grip on it. There is some sharp metal seam there that I tend to forget about. The VW320 is certainly not a machine designed for ease of lifting.

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Re: What made you a SGI fan?

Unread postby jan-jaap » Fri Oct 31, 2008 2:27 am

R-ten-K wrote:Am I the only one who has gotten blisters from plugging boards in and out the board cages in the Powerseries and Onyx 1 machines?

No ;)

R-ten-K wrote:one day I will meet the genius who though that it would be a swell idea to make the top of the O2 and Octane rounded...

I believe it was on purpose, so you wouldn't be tempted to put a 24" monitor on top of it. Apparently some people tried that with Indys or Indigo2's and ended up with bent or cracked cases :lol:
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