The collected works of Bluefan

For me, I'm practically raised between computers. My dad got them from where he works. I remember playing games on a archimedes, we had a big box full with floppy wich all contained one or more games.
Later, we played games on an a5000, the only name I can remember, but we had an HUGE load of games!!! It were 5 maps, each containing I guess about 40 games.
Later, my father bought an 368, and we weren't allowed to play games on it (remember, I was about 8 years old then). Later, we played a game stunts on it, and it was great. After that one, a 486 came and a 166 mhz pentium. That was ofcourse a fast one, but being raised on a archimedes with gui and then discovering the commandline family, you aren't that exited. After that, It was an AMD K6-3 of 400 mhz, and after that an intel 1000mhz.
I bought the 166 mhz of my dad, and my bigger brother the 400mhz. And so we played duke nukem on network. After that, I bought the 400 mhz system of my brother, and that's when I really got interested, as the amd was a really good processor of it's time, and the asus motherboard was a good one. And it had 320 mb of memmory, it had an upgrade.
After that, I bought my first new pc (moreless new, not all the components), an AMD 2500+.
Im still using that one, but my first contact and the start of my sgi history was when I was around 11-12 years old, I was going with my dad to his work. And there, he showed some nice stuff of satellite images (he works at the ITC in Enschede) on an intelbox. There were 3 intelboxed crammed on one desk and one in the other corner.
But what the most interesting thing was, were the 3 octanes with the huge 20" 4011P screens. Each one had an external scsi cdrom and floppy drive and had a speakerset. They were set up on a big desk, and the octanes were on top of them, unlike the intelboxen crammed below one desk.
That what kind of love at first sight, the trio of octanes, the big green boxes that just look awesome and really look powerfull.
I just loved the way they looked, with the mean-looking vents in the top and the beatyful design. I never saw them working, they were just on the screensaver with a black screen, but I knew they were special, and they looked special, but above all impressive.
Those 3 octanes were my first meeting with an silicon graphics machine, and I still like them, they still look awesome powerfull and kick-ass. They also had an O2, with was ofcourse also really nice, I never saw a computer that small and still look like a really good one.
But the sgi stuff got replaced, furtunately, because they were sold to the personel. My father buyed one o2 and one compelete octane with everything that belongs to it, for only 90 euros! Including the big 20" screen!
I got to play with it, and I thought the software would be handy. So he got the full cd-set of irix 6.5.2. It is old, but it was free.
Playing around with the octane was fun, It had an really thick owners manual, and everything of the system showed it was an really high-end machine, nowadays, a normal computer comes without any usefull insturction, but an manual really thick and a system that feels it has real power inside is just so much nicer than a normal tower model with feels just plain simple. We also had an o2 with an 17 inch monitor and camera, on wich my little brother used to work. And later I got another one of the 20" screens (now on my pc). So a third of the sgi machines of my dad's job is now at home with us.
When I was going trought tweakers.net, I saw a guy offering an sgi origin 200 for only 175, so I asked him is he still got it. He said: "Yes, you can have it for 50 euros, it's only gathering dust around here." Me happy, and I bought it. After a LOT of problems, I got it working. My first own sgi, as the rest is my dad's but praktically mine as he doesn't use them.
And now I'm still looking for more used machines, even tought I probably won't have any use for them (or I'll find some :D ), but I just like them.
Unfortunately, the things I liked the most of sgi are disapearing, mips is going away, as is irix. Now, they just use linux, like everybody. It loses the special touch it has. And the (sh)itanium isn't making it better. And they lost the cube logo! Compare an octane to an standard office computer. I think you'll get it. I hope what made sgi unique isn't disapearing.
So, i'm early in contact with sgi (I'm now 17) and I'm already loving the systems :D
My origin 200 brought me to the forum, all the problems I had needed a solution. And I found one here, so I'm not leaving :)
Wow, that looks impressive, where do you live (can I come by perhaps :D )?
I only have one O2, one Octane and one Origin 200 (for now) and my dad has another O2 and Octane.
But I'm only 17 years old, so I'm still at school, very boring, as it is too easy.
I never had problems with a few mb's of tekst. About sizes: I even managed to render a fractal in the gimp with a resolution of 16.000x12.000, thats about 200 megapixel. I can't repeat it, nor can I view it properly, as it just crashes after one zoom-in attempt.
At least it's not as bad as at school, you'll get the out-of-memory even with 4 internet explorers. No way it will handle those large tekstfiles :D
But where the heck do you get such big files that are usefull? some log?
gone for US $537.78
The most irritating thing is in Mikroschoft Windhoos XP, when you logon en just make one little typo, it directly sais:

DID YOU FORGET YOUR PASSWORD?
(But not in uppercase or bold, of course.)

And then, It's going to explain that you can get help for if you forgot your password, and that you can't use to much weird characters.
Does m$ think we're all idiots and have forgotten our password if we make just one typo?
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I gave realsoft 3d a try, but got this:

x bin/Realsoft3D, 91092 bytes, 178 blocks

gzip: stdin: invalid compressed data--format violated
./setup[84]: /usr/local/realsoft3d/resources/Realsoft3D: cannot create: No such file or directory
./setup[86]: /usr/local/realsoft3d/resources/R3RendD: cannot create: No such file or directory
Can't open /usr/local/realsoft3d/realsoft3d
./setup[146]: /usr/local/realsoft3d/resources/Realsoft3D: cannot create: No such file or directory
Cannot access windows: No such file or directory
Cannot access resources/startup.r3d: No such file or directory
while executing
"close $pipe"
invoked from within
"if { [eof $pipe] } {
close $pipe
} else {
after 500 "insert_text $w $pipe"
}"
(procedure "insert_text" line 8)
invoked from within
"insert_text .rightframe.workframe.options.fin.st.text file5"
("after" script)


I think it's something stupid I forgot/haven't got.
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after that, it gives me:

x bin/Realsoft3D, 91092 bytes, 178 blocks

gzip: stdin: invalid compressed data--format violated
./setup[84]: /usr/local/realsoft3d/resources/Realsoft3D: cannot create: Is a directory
Can't open /usr/local/realsoft3d/resources/R3RendD.ad
Can't open /usr/local/realsoft3d/realsoft3d
./setup[146]: /usr/local/realsoft3d/resources/Realsoft3D: cannot create: Is a directory
Cannot access windows: No such file or directory
Cannot access resources/startup.r3d: No such file or directory
while executing
"close $pipe"
invoked from within
"if { [eof $pipe] } {
close $pipe
} else {
after 500 "insert_text $w $pipe"
}"
(procedure "insert_text" line 8)
invoked from within
"insert_text .rightframe.workframe.options.fin.st.text file6"
("after" script)

strange...
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I'm not expecting anything, but I think we should try it.
At least we would have tried :wink:
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just fired up my octane.
Why?
sound interesting! :D

But unfortunately, it isn't the fastest, and needs to be offline at night.
But still I'm interested :wink:
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my octane is now working, or at leastI hope so, it does give this:
2006-02-08 09:26:58 [[email protected]] Message from server: Not sending work - last RPC too recent: 138 sec
What does that mean? my CPU load is high, so it must be working on something. Is this just buffering?
By the way: take a look at the top computer list, ranked at 7:
7 Michael Sangs 2,979.65 1,987,176.92 Silicon Graphics, Inc. IP35 IRIX64 6.5
But even second when you sort the list by total credit:
2 Michael Sangs 2,979.65 1,987,176.92 Silicon Graphics, Inc. IP35 IRIX64 6.5
Nice going for him
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Getting a sgi to work is indeed pure fun :wink:
And once they run, it's fun using them
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The octane has the vents, but it won't hover, its rocksolid :D

Don't wanna be around when that one starts hovering...Who knows what's going to happen
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Alteredninth wrote:
Bluefan wrote: The octane has the vents, but it won't hover, its rocksolid :D

Don't wanna be around when that one starts hovering...Who knows what's going to happen


Kinda like when the Daleks started floating ?

Judging on the pictures of google: yes like that
BTW how did you kept your octane from hovering away? The steam is managable :)
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Hey Ben, looks nice!
At home I always hear complains that I have too much computers (2x O2, octane, origin200, 2x pc, what's the problem?)
but if I can hide them like you, I can stuff the house full without anyone noticing it :lol:
And you're right, every home should have one :wink:
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Just saw yesterday that I was off the list on the team, I passed another member, and then I suddenly disappeared, and the member I passed was on place 20 AND 21, so I was away and he was on two places. But when the next result of me got my score higher, I suddenly reappeared :?
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Welcome to the forum khanna!
We already have a [email protected] team, and a [email protected] is also nice, or might this seperate the group too much?
At least nice to know it's possible.
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When I try to run [email protected] on my octane when in KDE, it says there's another instance running, but on another user without KDE it runs fine.
Maybe this could help.
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sum][one wrote: ... ok I must definetly be asking silly questions... or nobody here uses Linux.

I think it's the latter, if it is a silly question, we're even more silly not knowing the answer :wink:
Personally, I'm a linux noob, and just busy learning irix...
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Alcohol Preferences?

As little as possible.
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Congratulations!
I can't give you advice on kids, I still classify as one myself :P
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MUP.SYS????
That was one of the most weird errors I ever had :)
I still haven't figured out what the cause it, but it's definately weird. A google search gave me a wide range of causes and solutions, and after doing some hardware juggling it suddenly started working.
When I had the error, my system refused to boot windows but booted knoppix fine. So I searched for solutions. I heard thing like a CMOS reset, moving around with IDE cables, moving ram around, even a registry setting about the keyboard.
So search with google on "mup.sys", and you'll find lots of people also having mup.sys problems.
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The inventor package is on the foundation2 CD.
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I got around naming my systems when I got more sgi's :)
My pc still hasn't a proper name, it just has my nickname 'bluefan', my second pc never got a name.
My sgi's are named:
Lisa (Octane)
Danica (indigo2)
Lara (origin200)
Toika (O2)
Myra (O2)
All have girl names, because I just love these babes :D :wink:

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nekonoko wrote: I installed a new captcha on the wiki last night since we've been getting more spam then legitimate edits over the past month or so. Let me know if you encounter any problems.

Good reason to add my (probably little) knowledge to the wiki :wink:
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