My favourite panorama stitching software, PanoEdit, vanished a few years ago. The version I had still worked, but I’d been quite aware ever since that if a new version of OS X came along that it didn’t work with any more, I’d be a bit stuck. It’s not the only tool I use, but it’s […]
A dead Power Macintosh G3, forming part of the WEEE Man sculpture at the Eden Project.
An old Macintosh, forming part of the WEEE Man sculpture at the Eden Project.
An old Mac, as part of the WEEE Man sculpture at the Eden Project.
An old dead Mac.
An old Mac, and my shadow. Part of the ‘WEEE Man’ sculpture at the Eden Project, a giant man made from old electrical goods.
Asahi Takumar 50mm f/1.4 lens – one of my favourite lenses. This shot is taken with a Fujian 35mm f/1.7 C-mount lens. These are designed for CCTV cameras, and are a bit rubbish, but can give quite nice results in the right circumstances. For the sake of showing what the lens does, this one isn’t […]
From a recent spending spree at Heinnie Haynes, the Civilian Labs Air Manila leather sleeve for my MacBook Air may be the only item that won’t get as much use as I’d hoped. And it isn’t the sleeve’s fault at all – it just doesn’t fit where I hoped it would.
When the first MacBook Air was unveiled, Steve Jobs produced it from inside a manila envelope, highlighting how amazingly thin it was. The Air Manila sleeve is a leather sleeve designed to look like a manila envelope.
It’s a bit brighter in colour, in an orange-yellow ‘mango’ colour. It’s quite a bit thicker than an envelope, too, as it’s made from leather, with a good layer of padding to protect your expensive computer. There’s velcro to keep it closed, but the twist-string closure is there too, completing the envelope look. There’s a really nice quality feel to the whole thing. It even smells nice – it seems like they’ve added a bit of mango scent to the leather. If the bright colour is too much for you, it’s also available in black. I usually go for everything in black, and really don’t like yellow and orange, but the bright cheery colour just seemed right for this.
It feels like it will provide good protection, and it looks great. The only reason I probably won’t get much use out of it is that it doesn’t quite fit into the bag I bought at the same time. The Maxpedition Sitka Gearslinger is roomy enough for the MacBook Air, but not for the Air in the Air Manila sleeve. The sleeve adds a bit too much width.
Given the price, which makes it cheaper than most leather sleeves, and not much more expensive than many non-leather sleeves of much simpler design, it’s easy to recommend the Air Manila. As long as you have space in your bag.
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