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These days, very few of us still think we are irreplaceable as employees. But what about the jobs we hold? the industry we work in? (Photo: Getty)

At the first few industry conferences I attended, I sometimes caught the other attendees and reporters staring at my laptop. It was clearly a relic from another era—perhaps the same era that spawned the boom box or even the one when 8-track tapes were still cool.

But now the 10-pound laptop is gone. My new one could be lifted with one finger. Almost. It’s certainly as THIN as a finger, even with the lid closed.

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