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ryanov (193048) writes "Michael Crichton, the author best known for Jurassic Park and as the creator of the hit TV series "ER", has died at age 66 after a private battle with cancer, according to a statement made by members of his family. "While the world knew him as a great story teller that challenged our preconceived notions about the world around us — and entertained us all while doing so — his wife Sherri, daughter Taylor, family and friends knew Michael Crichton as a devoted husband, loving father and generous friend who inspired each of us to strive to see the wonders of our world through new eyes," the statement goes on to say. Crichton's last book was "Next", released in 2006, on the subjects of modern genetics and law." top
ryanov writes "After 6 months, sgi has emerged on-schedule from chapter 11 bankrupcy protection. Apparently the company has made some important changes it feels will improve its chances to become competitive once again, including retiring MIPS and IRIX. From the company press release: "Today we debut the New SGI, an efficient and fully recapitalized company armed with a new, market-centric business model and empowered by a rekindled commitment to solving the problems of customers in a targeted range of markets," said Dennis McKenna, CEO of SGI.""