Do you remember my recent blog What's in Your Wallet? As you may recall, I was gloating over my new tri-fold wallet from Saddleback Leather.
Well, I received a jolly nice email from Sarah at Saddleback, who said, "I just wanted to reach out and say 'thank you' so much for talking about your wallet to your EETimes readers! It's fantastic to get noticed in a professional magazine like that."
It turns out that Sarah has been a member of the EETimes community for years. Also, her husband is an EE and he reads all of the industry-related articles.
During our back-and-forth emails, I mentioned that I always get lots of comments about my Saddleback iPad case when I'm on the road taking at conferences and suchlike. As I've said before, how often does someone come up to you and complement you on your iPad case?
I also noted that just about everyone I know with an iPad has dropped it at one time or another -- you often see them with scrunched up corners or cracked screens. I personally have tremendous faith in the protective capabilities of my leather iPad case, but I've never actually put it to the test (call me "old-fashioned," if you will, but unlike my wife and son and just about everyone else I know, I seem to be able to get through life without dropping things all of the time).
Well, Sarah responded by pointing me at this amazing article on the BestLeather.org website. This is about a guy who purchased a Saddleback Leather Sleeve for his wife's Macbook Air.
Unfortunately, while on vacation, his wife left the computer on top of the van -- it eventually fell off when they hit the freeway. They subsequently worked out that the computer fell 6' vertically while travelling at 60mph horizontally.
Amazingly enough, although the leather sleeve was "gouged, scratched, and marred," the computer survived the experience and woke up as though nothing had happened.
As an aside, I contacted TJ Kastning, who is the owner of the BestLeather.org website, asking for permission to reuse the above image, which he graciously granted. TJ's on a mission to create a comprehensive knowledge center and reference center for everything related to quality leather goods. This all started when he was looking for a leather briefcase, but he couldn't decide which one to purchase because "Information was scattered haphazardly about the internet and some of its sources were dubious."
The end result is an amazing collection of reviews and articles about all things pertaining to leather. First, I looked up all the products I've already got from Saddleback Leather (it's always nice to read an unbiased expert review that confirms you made an excellent decision). Now I'm reading up on all the products I don't yet own.
— Max Maxfield, Editor of All Things Fun & Interesting