I truly weep for a company with so much potential that just seemed to keep flushing $$ down the toilet. Case in point:
In 1998 or so when SGI spent $170 million on a new building in Mountain View, they created an architectural marvel for their new headquarters. It was a beautiful building, but there were a few problems…
There was a section of the building which was all glass, and many of the executives had their offices in this area. The glass sections though, were angled, and this literally caused people who had offices in this area vertigo. Some people were so nauseous they had to turn their desks away from the glass so they wouldn’t ralph.
Air conditioning ducts were routinely blowing people out of their cubes, quite literally. Many people couldn’t even work in their designated spaces because it was like an icebox.
The wiring for networks, phones, etc. was set up to be a design element of the building, and if you looked up you’d see it all in these metal trays that ran throughout the building. As time went on, these trays got really screwed up, and wires started protuding from all areas, and got really unwieldy.
And that was just their new building, forget about their actual products. Anyone remember the Visual Workstation? Best thing about it was the long sleeved shirt I got at the launch.
Oh, and screw Rick Belluzzo. He left SGI for Microsoft, and I am CONVINCED he was sent to SGI to try to bankrupt it. It’s the only logical explanation, considering what he did when there.