The Colour Purple

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This may be the end of an era. Silicon Graphics has filed for Chapter 11. It’s been a long time since those purple SGI machines have been commonplace, even in research labs, but they made some good and innovative (if expensive) stuff in their time and the tech world will be poorer for their demise.

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[…] Quentin’s right. The news that Silicon Graphics has filed for Chapter 11 protection does represent the end of an era. It was such an interesting company in the old days. And, as Michael Lewis retailed in his book, The new new thing, what happened to Jim Clark (the founder of SGI) had a big influence on the creation of Netscape, and thereby on the evolution of the Web. (It was the Netscape IPO in August 1995 that sparked off the first Internet boom.) […]

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