[rescue] What job does your SGI do at home?
Jonathan C Patschke
jp at celestrion.net
Mon Nov 4 15:37:26 CST 2002
On Monday, November 4, 2002, at 03:19 PM, Todd Killingsworth wrote:
> Aside from the Ubergeek chic and cool factor of using the same
> that Hollywood uses,
Hollywood? Wazzat? :) I just like Machines That Work and Machine That
Move Big Rocks(tm).
> what do list-members use their
> Indigo/I2/Octane/O2/Crimsons for? Web services, visualization, games,
I used an Indigo2 and later an Octane as my primary workstation for the
roughly three years. That means I used it for just about everything:
code (including some minor OpenGL stuff), word processing, web
browsing, MP3s, piddling around in GIMP, and server things. I have an
Indigo2 as my web/mail/everything server, and I still use the Octane
for interactive tasks and for PostgreSQL work. Something like an
Indigo or Crimson is a bit long in the tooth for heavy work, but they
still make respectable desktops for light work like LaTeX and HTML
I use an Indy as an alarm clock, because it's the smallest machine I
have with decent onboard sound. Now that it has a VT420 on it, it
doubles as a workstation, so it's not -entirely- an insult.
> My wife works for Sun, and normally I work with my PCs or SS10. I
> don't get
> out much :)
An SS10 is still quite a respectable machine. It's painful for
interactive work (unless you have the 10SX with a VSIMM), but it can
move an impressive amount of mail and/or web pages in a day.
> Are they just neat to play with? How do you make them earn their keep?
They're neat to play with, and do -tremendously- well with
bandwidth-limited tasks (intense file I/O, databases, etc.). The CPUs
tend to lag behind what Sun sells, but an entry-level Octane will most
Sun desktops silly in a throughput-heavy task.
Jonathan C. Patschke
Celestrion Information Systems
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