$100,000 Prize If You Can Find This Secret Command in DOS
Zeidman Consulting is offering a
$100,000 reward to the person or persons who demonstrate or find
source code for a secret function in MS-DOS that prints
Gary Kildall's name or a copyright notice for Digital Research, Inc.
To apply for this reward, you must send an application to
Challenges@ZeidmanConsulting.com. We record the date
and time for all applications that we receive. If two or
more applications qualify for the reward, the person or
persons with the first complete application that we
receive will get the reward. We will not be responsible
for lost emails, lost mail, or any other circumstances
whereby we do not receive an application that was sent to
us or receive it after a delay. If we require further
information or clarification, then the date and time of
your application will be considered the date and time that
you fully respond to our request, to our satisfaction. If
two or more applications are received at the same date and
time, we reserve the right to give the reward to the
application that we feel best solves the challenge. Our decision will be binding.
Any submission that is found to violate
the laws of the United States or is found to have been
obtained in a way that violates the laws of the United
States will be automatically disqualified and will forfeit
any rewards given to it.
Zeidman Consulting reserves the right to modify
these challenge rules at any time.
Go here to
download Bob Zeidman's analysis showing that Microsoft's DOS
does not contain this secret command..
The application must be in PDF format
and include the following sections.
It is important that we know which versions of
DOS was examined, so that we can replicate the results.
Please provide the following information in your
Which version of DOS did you use?
Where did you obtain this code? If
the code is not publicly available, you will need to
provide us with a copy so that we can verify your
results. You must be able to prove that these files
contain legitimate Microsoft DOS code.
It is important that we have access to
any software that you used so that we can verify your
Please provide the
following information in your application.
List any software you used that is
required to duplicate your results including version
numbers for the software.
It is important that we have known the
hardware that you used so that we can duplicate your
results. Answer the following questions with as many details
Describe the computer that was used
It is important that we understand the process you used so that we can duplicate your
Describe the process you used.
Attach the following documents
supporting your results.
- A video of the screen with an explanation of the command
and any preparation required.
A detailed written explanation of the command and any
- A printout of the code that performs the secret function
along with a detailed written description of how the code
Include your name, email address,
signature, and date at the end of the application below this
I declare that the information in
this application is true and accurate to the best of my
knowledge and belief.
You will receive our response when we
have gone through your application.