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

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

This wisp of a sleek, black machine fits right in with my desksetup: a peripheral keyboard, docking station, mouse, speakers, aphone whose ring sounds like Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry voice,and two flat-screen monitors.

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