Linked by Eugenia Loli on Fri 26th Nov 2004 19:57 UTC, submitted by Dave Finger
SGI and IRIX The company is Silicon Graphics Incorporated, or SGI, which once was famous for its high-powered graphics and 3-D workstations but has fallen on hard times of late. SGI now focuses on supercomputers, but there's a tiny coterie of fans dedicated to keeping the company's aging but high-powered workstations alive. On a similar note, the every-three-months maintaince release of Irix is 3 months late.
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Re: Random thoughts
by Don Cox on Sat 27th Nov 2004 12:16 UTC

Irix should be pronounced with a long I, like "iris" or "wire".

The rule is that when a vowel is followed by a consonant, and then by an I or an E, the vowel is long. If you want to cancel that effect, you either use a double consonant or put a U in the sequence.

Examples: "tiger" - long I
"Tigger" - short I
"mice" - long I
"Mickey" - short I
"rage" - long A
"ragged" - short A