I recall, in the early days of laptops, commuting into Chicago and envying the rare businessman in the railcar, feverishly typing away on a bulky 286 laptop, staring at the awesome VGA screen.

I truly expected that the tech-laden businessman would, at some point, utter an emphatic, “Yes!” and then close the laptop, having solved all his company’s problems and world peace to boot. Then, a few years later, I got my own laptop (as we all did) and realized that portable computing power really didn’t solve anything.

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