Some time around 1996 or so, a friend and I went to Comdex Mexico. They were peddling SoftImage for Windows NT running on a dual-CPU Alpha system. "Look how you can edit 3D models in real time, much cheaper than SGI boxes".
Back then Windows NT was extremely slow. I thought, well, I suppose anything can be fast on a fucking DUAL ALPHA.
Some time around that, we got our first Alpha at the university, and I did my Linux/GNOME work there. It was incredibly, screamingly fast. Best FPU ever.
@penguin42 woah, I never ran into that bug. Obscure indeed :)
I don't remember if in those days I was actually running stuff on the Alpha, but displaying it on a Sun's X server. I mostly sat at the only Sun box with a 24-bit display, a beautiful flat Sun CRT. Caught a few endianness bugs that way :)