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Peter Knoll - Donation - June 2009

Peter Knoll
When Pete Knoll told us to "bring a delivery truck" to pick up some computers he had in Waterloo, Ontario, he wasn't kidding. We arrived in our trusty beater truck to find that we barely had enough room to take what Peter had decided to part with. In fact, there is more which we'll get on a return trip once things get a little more settled.

Like many of the donations we receive, Peter had decided to collect computers with the hopes of eventually opening up something for others to view. He had been at it (collecting, hoarding, rescuing) for just over 10 years when he decided it was time to pass on his efforts to us here at the museum. He caught the bug from fellow computer collector Kevin Stumpf.

The one thing that Peter decided to keep was the one thing that meant a great deal to him - his IBM collection. Many collectors find they are best at focusing on only one brand or type of item and ignore the rest and going forward, that's exactly what Pete will do. In the meantime, he passed on his minty fresh TRS-80 Model II, a boxed VIC-20 and an incredible collection of books that are going to take us months to go through.

Now Pete is on the quest to find the manual (three ring binder) for DOS 1.0. He's got the disk already - but just needs the binder. We're going to see if we can help him out with our supply, but if not maybe that's something you can help with! If so, let us know and we can pass on what you don't need anymore to someone we're very grateful to.

Did you know?

The "Microsoft Disk Operating System" or MS-DOS was based on QDOS, the "Quick and Dirty Operating System" written by Tim Paterson of Seattle Computer Products, for their prototype Intel 8086 based computer.

QDOS was based on Gary Kildall's CP/M, Paterson had bought a CP/M manual and used it as the basis to write his operating system in six weeks, QDOS was different enough from CP/M to be considered legal.

Bill Gates bought the rights to QDOS for $50,000 and convinced IBM to let him license it separately to other companies, which eventually made Microsoft the empire it is today.


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