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 Actual Bytes Of The Original IBM® Microcode
If you're an old-timer (over 30) you probably remember IBM® DOS, or Disk Operating System. DOS has passed into obscurity because of graphical operating systems like Windows, but we still have our original IBM® DOS 1.0 system disks from the early 1980's. They're on two 5.25" floppys, and it seemed a shame to throw them away (plus the Smithsonian refused our offer to donate them). Since the original IBM microcode is now regarded as something of a collector's item, we decided to offer this bit of history to you, one byte at a time.

That's right- you can now own a genuine byte (8 'bits') of the original IBM® microcode, courtesy of StupidStuff.org. Your very own one-of-a-kind byte is suitable for framing, and you can proudly display it to your friends and co-workers (who weren't smart enough to come here and get their own).

How We Did It
The original DOS 1.0 files were transferred to a development PC and verified as legitimate. Defective bytes were repaired, and the resulting code strings were then disassembled by hand. Each byte was checked individually to make sure it was genuine and not a "knock-off" or reproduction. The entire block of code (about 731,000 bytes) was then concatenated into a single string and placed on our server for distribution.

Every time this page loads, a new and different byte is selected from the code and presented to you. This byte is then deleted from the code string, making it yours and yours alone. It's your own little 'byte of history', as it were. There are a limited number available; we suggest getting yours before they're all gone.


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