The Culture of Computing
In the 1970s, Hewlett Packard introduced one of the earliest desktop computers to the market. Loaded with gloriously high-tech features for the time, like a one-line display and functioning keyboard, the computer was treasured by the business and science communities despite not being much more than a gigantic, underpowered calculator with a printer attached. As "interesting" as it would be to still be working in a world where all computing was done one tiny red line at a time, thankfully the computer world has advanced since then.
It's hard now to imagine a world without computers. Three years ago, it would have been fair to simply say that computers were a vital part of first-world commerce, driving the productivity of nearly all medium-to-large scale businesses. Now though, with the explosive growth of Wi-Fi and personal mini-computers like smart phones and netbooks, combined with the sharp decline in cost-to-processing-power ratios, more and more people are becoming permanently wired. Bad news if you miss the days of tiny red displays and computers heavier than a backyard gas grill, good news if you enjoy working in the modern world or are a fan of the concept of "convenience." Amazing news? If you're in the business of providing people useful computing tools and gifts in exchange for money.
As society approaches the point where most people will own two or three personal computers and owning the latest gadgets is becoming a point of style, there could not be a better time to sell computer accessories. Hip, useful products that basically sell themselves, it doesn't take much more to succeed with them besides a good knowledge of what's popular, the latest technology trends and advances, and a couple other tiny sales tips.
Considering the huge amount of press coverage and commercial saturation the computer market currently enjoys, it doesn't take much more than a trip to a bookstore or cnet.com to get a feel for where end-user interest lies. Still, there are some nuances within popular trends worth mentioning that might be missed by the uninitiated.