This is a hand-written DOS 2.1 disk and a couple boot disks for the system. This system came with a LOT of DOS 2.1 disks. I have no idea why, actually. There's some loose software and then a color case with the IBM employee's name and ID# on it with some more DOS disks in them. Pretty weird! Other than being created by the IBM employee that I bought these from there's nothing really proprietary about them. Just basic little disks.
Here is the color case that the original owner used at work. I e-mailed and asked about this after buying it and he told me this was the 'pastiche' of software they would use on a daily basis. Each member of the sales team would carry an individual company color-case with a selection of software to use to sell the system. It would contain samples of business programs, games, education, etc. so you could individually tailor what each customer wanted to look at. Each case would have the employee's name and IBM emplyee # on it with 'IBM Corp' written underneath it. Here is the case itself:
NOTE: As you can see I have blacked out the employee's name and ID#. I don't want his info to be floating around!
So these are the disks that were included in this color case. This was the employee's personal selection of software to show a client when selling a system.
The first thing in the box was a BASIC Cartridge. Looks like an ordinary BASIC Cartridge on the front, but on the back there is a large orange sticker that says 'NOT FOR SALE - For Demonstration or Educational Purposes Only' and then '16969'. This was an internal company sticker IBM used for their demonstration software used by employees. The 16969 is the internal IBM library # to reference the item itself. Employees would sign for specific pieces of the company software library and the corporation would track who had what by indexing the files to employee numbers using these stickers.
After the BASIC Cartridge there was a 'big kahuna' in the proprietary software -- a dual-cartridge ROM Version of Lotus 1-2-3 to correspond with the Training & Help disks. As the labels show, these are cart versions of software not released in commercial production. The labels look a lot like Atari 'loaner' labels internally used. I don't know if a cartridge version of Lotus was ever released and I haven't plugged them in to see if this is prototype software, but it is definitely not something public. The cartridges are '10300' and '10301' and are 'System Cartridge A/B Lotus 1-2-3'. They state 'DEMO ONLY NOT FOR RESALE' and have green dot stickers with the employee ID# on them.
Next up is an internal company disk titled 'PCjr Sales Training Diskette'. It is Personal Computer Training Reference Library #1502226 and was definintely not given to the public! As the label states this disk was used by the sales team to train in selling techniques for the PCjr. I am told it contained little slideshow style presentations that talked about which features would be important to mention and whatnot. Unfortunately this was one of the first disks I plugged in and it has Police Quest on it! CURSES! Someone had written and erased it. But it still is the original label, which is cool. I'm trying to track down another version of this floating around.
The next disk in the container was 'PCjr Memory Options'. It is Computer Language Series #6361932 and is not proprietary. There was another copy of this with the user's guide for the system so I believe this was given to customers who purchased a system so they could see the memory expansions available if needed. This is just a standard version and does not have any internal IBM Corp. stickers on it for library reference.
It's Pac-Man! This was also in the sample container for the internal company disks. There is no proprietary stickers or anything on this disk, and I'm sure it was sold commercially. I can't imagine making a version of Pac-Man and not selling it, actually. I have plugged this version in and booted it and let me tell you, the PCjr version of Pac-Man....is TERRIBLE. Terrible. Slow-moving and clunky, but at least it is better than the VCS edition.
These two hand-written disks say 'PCjr DOS #1/#2 - DOS w/ Memory Expansion 2.1'. I have yet to try these, but I don't recall DOS 2.1 having memory expansion capabilities. I am not completely sure about that, though, but if that is the case, this is a version of DOS that had some DOS 3.0 features before DOS 3.0 was out, so could likely be a prototype/proprietary version of DOS used by the company internally.
Also included in the case was just a standard DOS disk. This is just plain vanilla DOS 2.1. I should pop it in and then try out the expansion version to see if there is anything different! Nothing proprietary about this.
The last piece of software in the IBM Corp box is another hand-written disk for 'PC Color Printer Demonstration'. I asked about this one and it was a simple program that the company whipped up for the sales team to use to demonstrate the top-of-the-line color printer IBM had at the time. It's proprietary software and was never released to the public!
That's it so far. I will tackle the boxed software next!