Here at Buck The Commute, we generally prefer a Manual Transmission for our commuter cars. It's more efficient (in most cases), simpler to repair, and most of all more fun!
The YouTube Channel Learn Engineering prepared a very detailed video explaining technical differences between Automatic and Manual transmissions. It's well worth the 7 minute viewing time =)
Starting next month, drivers of all types can record virtually everything about their trips with the new Waylense Horizon.
The $449 (pre-sale) device records up to 1080p video along with data that's delivered via your ODB-II port (standard on all vehicles built after 1996).