CleanMyDrive 2 offers new tools to keep your external drives in top shape

Ever noticed how filled with digital flotsam and jetsam your Mac gets? It’s even worse with external hard drives, which tend to fill up with OS X service files (with glorious names like .DS_Store or .TemporaryItems), Windows service files from when you connect to other PCs, resource forks and un-emptied files in the Trash. CleanMyDrive […]

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The Stitchless Leather Bag Is Gorgeous, But Is It Worth $240? [Review]

Stitchless Bag by CleanEverything
Category: Bags
Works With: Anything
Price: $240

You know who thinks I look hot when I wear this bag? Everyone, that’s who. From the young hipster laydeez to the local barrio ne’erdowells, everyone steals a glance at me when I sashay down the filthy dogs hit covered streets of my dirty Barcelona neighborhood. “Who is that guy?” their eyes seems to ask. “And why is he wearing that short-strapped red leather bag with those pink shorts?” their eyes continue, before rolling momentarily in what I like to think is ecstasy, but which is probably just exasperation.

The bag, though, is worth the attention, and it probably also worth more than its contents. At €180 ($240) it’s not cheap. But then, it’s pretty gorgeous.

What It Is

This bag is the Stitchless Bag from CleanEverything, and is “crafted from two pieces of vegetable tanned leather with no stitches.” That’s right. The body of the bag is cleverly folded from one piece of leather and held together by threading the sides up through a row of slots.

Perfectly iPad-sized.

This makes for a clean look, and it also means that you have no seams to bulge or break.

The strap is separate (I guess that otherwise you’d have to cut around the girth of the cow to get the skin in one piece) and held on by the same metal studs that keep the tops of the folded bag from flapping free.

The Good

The bag is light-ish (exactly 500 grams on my kitchen scale, or just over a pound) and cut from top-quality leather. It’s the kind of leather which gets better with age – I have already put a couple of scratches on the front flap and they look pretty cool, fading into the grain of the red-dyed surface.

It is also sized perfectly for a full-sized iPad, along with a few other bits and pieces. It’s a slim bag so you won’t fit in, say, a Micro Four Thirds camera, but a compact will slide in as easily as your iPhone. It’s also pretty secure on the shoulder, especially if worn across the chest where the slight swivel allowed by the metal studs makes it sit well.

The Bad

Red.

The strap is pretty short compared to all the military surplus bags I use, leaving the vertical center of the bag just about level with my waistband when slung over the opposite shoulder, bandolier-style. It’s better if just worn hanging from a shoulder, but if you carry a bag like that in pickpocket-infested Barcelona you’re an idiot.

The lack of pockets might put some people off, too, especially if you want to carry a bunch of keys along with a Smart Cover-equipped iPad. You’ll need to either make arrangements for better protection of your iDevices or just put up with the scratches.

Finally, the front flap does just that: flap. It’s not held in place by anything, so in theory someone could reach inside silently. On the other hand, it does reach the full length of the bag, and can be left open if you want quick and easy access to the contents.

The Verdict

The Stitchless Bag, then, is a fashion bag that’s made to fit an iPad. This is reflected in both the price (which has actually dropped quite a lot since I last wrote about it) and the lack of technical details.

For this reason it probably won’t be your everyday bag. It’s more of a bag for special occasions. Then again, if your needs are simple (i.e.. You don’t need lots of pockets and you have some way to keep your keys safe) then this bag could soften up to be a daily driver. It’d certainly tough and roomy enough, and the strap is comfy enough for extended carrying.

My verdict then is that, if you’re willing to pay $240 for a cool-looking but minimal bag, then you won’t be disappointed by its quality. It should last you a good long time, and get better and better as it ages.

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>Product Name: : Stitchless Bag

The Good: Gorgeous, well made, turns heads

The Bad: Pricy. No pockets. Short strap (Although I am six two)

The Verdict VERDICT

Buy from: CleanEverything

Rating: ;☆☆☆☆☆ ;

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Get A Clean iOS Install Without Losing Your Jailbreak With Semi-Restore [Jailbreak]

If you jailbreak your iOS devices, there usually comes a point where you get stuck on an older firmware because the latest one hasn’t yet been hacked by the jailbreak community. When this time comes, it’s almost impossible to restore your device and start with a clean OS without losing your jailbreak.

But not anymore. A new app called Semi-Restore provides you with a clean install of your current firmware without updating your device and killing your jailbreak.

Semi-Restore is in beta testing at the moment, and it’s not yet clear when it’ll be officially available to the public. However, to quash doubts that the Semi-Restore was a fake, Dom over at AppAdvice decided to put it through its paces.

“As of today, I’m happy to report that Semi-Restore is definitely legitimate and we’ve got a video walk-through to prove it,” he writes. You can watch the walkthrough below to find out how to use Semi-Restore yourself.

If you prefer to follow written instructions, you can check out a rather lengthy step-by-step guide over at AppAdvice.

Semi-Restore doesn’t strictly restore your iOS device, but it’s the closest you’ll get to a clean install without updating your device. With that being the case, it’s going to be hugely popular among jailbreakers. I just wish it had arrived sooner.

A couple of weeks ago, my iPhone 5 started seeing a few performance issues, and I wanted to restore it and start with a fresh OS. The problem was, I didn’t want to update and lose my jailbreak. I was pretty much stuck.

In the end, I decided that I would just bite the bullet and give up my jailbreak for a clean and smooth OS install. Had Semi-Restore arrived a few weeks earlier, I wouldn’t have had to do that.

Once again, Semi-Restore is in beta testing at the moment, and there’s currently no word on when it’ll be made available to the public, so for now we’ll just have to wait. But as soon as it’s ready, we’ll let you know.

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