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Linux is 8 years away, but you could still run Unix on PCs
You might not have been able to run Linux in 1983, but thanks to a pair of companies named SCO and Microsoft (you might have heard of them) you could run Unix on 1983's PCs.
Need a "laptop" with an Internet connection? No problem!
Need a laptop? No problem, we've got your "laptop" right here complete with build-in phone coupler modem and thermal paper interface. Better still, it's only a grand! What a deal! Back in the day, I actually used a relative of this, the TI Silent 700, for IBM mainframe management. And, I liked it! No, really I did.
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!