Laptops- Laptops satisfied consumer demand the same way lapdogs pacify their masters' angst, providing both with companionship. But many laptop users resent the comparison to a lapdog because it automatically infers a link to bestiality, which is a repugnant taboo - and they don't want anyone to know about their perversion.
Computer companies were quick to exploit and capitalize on closet consumers' fear of exposure simply by replacing the names with inconspicuous sounding names such as Notebook and Powerbook. The extortion ploy had limited success because everyone knows that a pervert by any other name is still a pervert.
Disreputable names notwithstanding, laptops were still a win-win situation. Home and office users got freedom and flexibility in a powerful machine, while Businesses can have employees work remotely.