Tech for the Car

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Driving home from work today, I noticed three people using their mobile phones in the car illegally. Texting while stopped at traffic lights or talking while driving, this was in the space of 20 minutes.

I’ve recently purchased a few items that have not only made my daily commute more enjoyable, but also safer.

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Why I returned the Hard Graft Flat Pack for 15″ Retina MacBook Pro

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This post was originally going to be my review of the Hard Graft Flat Pack for 15″ Retina MacBook Pro. I’m not sure I used the bag long enough to warrant this being called a review, but at £235, the Flat Pack is an expensive bit of kit and I would like to have known a little more about it before I went ahead with the purchase.

A review by Ben Brooks praising this very product spurred me to write this post. This is an expensive product and most people will (should) do some research before biting the bullet. Ben mentions what he calls, “minor sticking points…” that in my opinion are major.

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Why I chose a Retina MacBook Pro over a MacBook Air

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The Premise
Around 6 months ago I accidentally cracked the screen on my 2010 13-inch MacBook Air. Don’t ask. It was still usable so I held out for Apple’s WWDC 2012 announcements before making any hasty decisions.

MacBook Air cracked screenApple announced some great updates to their range of Airs and Pros, including the introduction of the MacBook Pro with Retina Display (rMBP). Although tempted, I had all but decided to hold out for another year to see if a Retina MacBook Air was released. The very next day, the crack on my MacBook Air screen worsened…

With the cost of a replacement screen almost as much as a refurbished 2011 Air, the decision was made for an upgrade. I purchased the 13-inch MacBook Air.

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