well, here comes a long story,
When I was a child, I lived in a town called Rolling Meadows, IL, It borders Schaumburg, IL, known for, before Mall of America, having the largest mall in the Midwest US, Woodfield. Along with that, the area has I-90 running right through it, so It quickly became a very active business area, seeing the headquarters (or midwest headquarters) of US robotics(still there), 3com (built a really funky building before ditching out...) Motorola (still there, headquarters) some IBM offices, and on the edge of Schaumburg, in Itasca, SUN had/has offices as well. but the one I remember the clearest, was Silicon Graphics.
I feel that SGI may have been tapping me on the shoulder for quite some time, as I remember seeing the Silicon Graphics offices in Schaumburg from my elementary school, and seeing it quite a few times while in the car. they had a big, shiny (gold or silver) bug logo, with the "Silicon Graphics" next to it, it really stood out from the expressway, especially when the sunrise hit it!
I'm sure they got me subliminally, with all the times they flashed hardware in the backgrounds of movies, of which the clearest I remember Twister and the "indy laptop" with the logo and typeface clearly visible.
Then, in my high school years, the school library put some old graphics design magazines out on a table, "free for anyone", from about 1997-2000, (It was about 03-04 at the time, I still have them) and reading through the one I found an article benchmarking the O2, the Octane, and some SUN workstation from the time (my god! the Octane cost $64,000 when first released!) and it showed how modular the O2 was, and how it could be disassembled. I remember that night, going on Ebay looking for any Silicon Graphics system, finding them still pretty steep for my income at the time.
forward to 2006, I took my job as an IT manager for a small company (looking back, the pull I got around there, the "work from home" options, the free ordered-in lunch everyday, for lack of better wording, it was like, well, working at SGI! without the "swag bags" and bitchin systems and goodies of course...) when I decided that with my new pay I would take up computer collecting, starting with an apple performa 5300cd like the one I used in elementary school, then a few other apples, but while on Ebay for grins I looked up SGI and found a government retired Indy for $53.
I bought it, had it delivered at the dock at work (It was cheaper for some reason that way), then discovered what we are all here for, what a great system SGIs are, and at times, what a complete pain in the ass making one run could be! a few weeks later I got my indigo and indigo2 (teal), then got my indigo2 purple (it was a base r4k with entry, in a purple case) and proceeded to drop a now noted insane amount of cash to convert it to maximpact r10k (just paid it off this year), then got that done and moved to an O2, got laid off from my IT job, got a job in cable, then decided an Octane would be nice, and drove a total of 300 miles to Purdue to haul back 2 Octanes (at $10 a piece, plus a free extra power supply and motherboard which I ended up needing, It was worth it). Unfortunately, or not, I've had enough time after being out of work from cable to finish my restorations.
Now, In my living room, I have my 2 I2s, my O2, and my Octane, all boxed and waiting to join their family in storage until I get a good place to set them up safely. Along with that, I have their brother from a different processor/OS mother, the black sheep of the family, the visual workstation 320, waiting for a 1600sw before being tested and packed.
So, after all this, I have to say, the thing that made me a fan of SGI was years and years of advertising themselves to me from an early age, and the machines still being a very close second to the coolest machines around (1st in my book(and all of yours) though!)