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UW CSE alum Ian King in WSJ for Paul Allen’s Living Computer Museum

“Microsoft co-founder and billionaire Paul Allen wants an IBM 7094.  The elusive data-processing system was taken off the market in 1969 after just seven years and hasn’t been widely used since.

“It’s Ian King’s job to find it.

“Often clad in a kilt, and sporting a Grizzly Adams-like coiffure, Mr. King is traveling the globe in search of the 7094 and other obscure, often huge, old computer gear.  The machines will stock Mr. Allen’s appointment-only Living Computer Museum.

“‘I’m like a kid in a candy store,’ says Mr. King, who holds a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Washington …”

Read the Wall Street Journal article here.  See photographs here.  Learn more about Paul Allen’s Living Computer Museum here.

August 25, 2011