beige rant (was Re: IBM 5150 with red case on ebay)

Brent Hilpert hilpert at
Mon May 16 12:12:40 CDT 2016

On 2016-May-16, at 9:57 AM, Swift Griggs wrote:

> On Mon, 16 May 2016, Brent Hilpert wrote:
>> Found with some 
>> judicious googling. I guess that's cheating, so no prize for me.
> I cheated and found it with Google Image Search but I kept quiet to let 
> others run it down. 
>> Seems to have been purely a design concept, not a product.
> They don't really talk about the guts, at all. Also by 1995 SGI had 
> already made a lot of really cool machines, but hey others were free to 
> join in! 
> Honestly, I didn't say much because at first I thought they were coffee 
> machines, espresso makers, or some other non-computer. Then when someone 
> piped up with "Isn't that an early XYZ Frobniz-2000 with the acceleration 
> module?" he'd spring it on them saying "GOTCHA! It's a coffee maker!" :-P

Seems it did get a little further than design concept.
The "Archistrat" computer from "The Panda Project" of Boca Raton, Fl.
Was getting a lot of press buzz around 1995.

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