Molten Core Raider
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he looks pretty far out the range of millenialThis is what happens when you have millenials write histories of stuff they have dim memories of
3Dfx Brought the GPU Industry to Life But Didn't Live to See It Thrive
The technology reason is actually more interesting from an engineering standpoint. For whatever reason may be lost to history now. 3dFX decided to make a proprietary, native, language that you needed to use to interact and tune the GPUs. Rather than modify if on your own code end you had to find a way to incorporate their weird shit in order to actually use the product efficiently.I got as far until i saw he wrote an "obituary" sort of story of Wang labs ( he even gets the name wrong) and saw that he called it a minicomputer company. Wang did make minicomputers but they were not the core of the business and far better known for word processors and what used to be called "office automation".
I had a few relatives that worked at Wang in it's heyday, and we were talking about this over Christmas, Wang, DEC, and mostly every huge 70-80s East Coast computer company save IBM crashed and died in the 90s is because they were set up as massive computer behemoths that were insanely unwieldy and unfocused compared to the newer computer companies that started competing with them in the 80-90s. IBM only barely survived by switching to a services based model and stopped trying to be a million, something maybe only DEC probably could have done also if Compaq didn't fuck that up so badly.
I guess 3dfx is a bit more recent so maybe it's not so bad. Personally i don't think it's that interesting of a story, they briefly made very good gfx cards but rapidly were overcame and became noncompetitive. No need for a million words i think.