Microsoft Co-Founder’s Museum Forages Far and Wide for Digital Behemoths of Yore

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.

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