The curse of commoditization has caught up with Silicon Graphics, once regarded as the most innovative hardware/computer makers on the planet. Hollywood types swore by them, but then…. the glorious company that made Jim Clark famous, has just filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
Commodity hardware might have been part of the problem, but too much twiddling of the thumbs and other execution issues that added to the misery of one of the big box makers in the Valley.
Dave Taylor calls it the end of a major wave of computing companies.
Paul Kedrosky thinks this a sign that few tech companies survive changing market eras. I agree with Paul. Reinvention is not easy, and clearly Sun will face those challenges. IBM is the only constant in this fast changing business, and I bet, Microsoft will be as well.
Talking about ancient history, this glowing piece about SGI from Wired circa 1994 says that Apple is dead. Stick a fork in it. Oops!