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You want speeds faster than 300 BPS? Hayes had you covered
What? You want something faster than 300 bits per second (BPS)? No worries! Just add a Hayes 1200 baud SmartModem to your set-up and you could reach the dizzying heights of 1,200 BPS speeds for just over $600!
Didn't need the Internet? Then there was always this calcula... ah, computer
Of course if you didn't need "network" connectivity on your "laptop" you could always use computers like the TRS-80 Pocket Computer. Why, yes, it does look like a calculator doesn't it?
Finally, we had such great games to play on our computers back then!
It wouldn't be the holidays with computer games. As you can see, though, we were a long, long way from Guild Wars 2, Angry Birds, and Farmville.
Believe it or not, at the time we loved these devices just as much as we love our Nexus 7, iPads, and Samsung S3 today. Comparatively, they were far more expensive than today's highest price gear, but we were willing to pay the price. So it was that I owned a KayPro, XT PC, Commodore 64, Hayes SmartModem, and Xenix and I would have loved to have had a Lisa to call my own. For their day, these were all wonderful devices.
Besides, just think, in 2043, every tech toy you have and love now will look just as out of date and "quaint" as these devices and progams look to you today.