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Jessie Davis, London Terror and iPhone

Today was a VERY long day and I didn’t have the ability to get online for most of it. There are a few things I would like to touch on before heading off to bed…

1st – Jessie Davis –

kELLEY made a comment in one of the posts:

“HOWEVER, WHAT IS UP WITH A 5 MILLION DOLLAR BOND? EVEN OJ ONLY HAD 1 MIL?”

I was unaware that bail was set for Bobby Cutts and that is, indeed, the case. kELLEY’s question on bail was set so high made me wonder how such a number is determined. From Thinkquest.org:

Bail Hearing – As soon as possible following the indictment, the defendent should receive a formal bail hearing. A tentative bail is set by the judge on the arrest warrant; this gives the defendent an opportunity to contest the bail that is set while he or she awaits trial. To determine bail for a particular suspect, the judge takes into account

  • Past criminal record
  • Gravity of current charge(s)
  • Flight risk
  • Financial Situation

If the defendent poses little flight risk and the charges are not serious, the judge might release him or her ROR, (Released on Own Recognizance). This means that the defendent is not required to pay bail; the court feels that it is likely that he or she will return to stand trial. In the gravest cases, the judge might refuse bail, thereby forcing the defendent to await trial in jail

Every case is different – in this case, it seems as if the judge felt this number as appropriate.

2nd- R: London Terror

London was on alert after two bombs were found. I haven’t had a chance to read up fully on the situation, but there is a LOT of good coverage on the topic out there that I plan on reading tomorrow:

Hot Air as a LONG wrap-up with several updates
The Pirate’s Cove
Webloggin has great coverage as well – including maps
Dave in Texas
Flapsblog has an amazing amount of detail on the event

This just goes to remind us that it truly is a different world…

3rd – RE: iPhone

In case you missed it, the iPhone came out today…. no, I did not get one.

4th, and final, RE- Comment by B on Jessie Davis

“B” had an outstanding comment to Mindy on the Jessie Davis story, as well as kept me in line with a point I was making – this is the email I sent to “B”

I just wanted to say you had an outstanding comments post at the site
today (I was away almost all day and I didn’t see it until now).
Also, thanks for questioning me on what Mindy said – I was referring
to the “cop” aspect of her comment, not that race was the cause.

Thanks for the feedback and input, I truly appreciate it.

Thanks for the posts, B, as well as keeping me honest!

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Geek Moment: iPhone Reviews

 

Just before I closed up shop for the evening, I noticed that Apple iPhone reviews started to pop-up all over the web. The WSJ has provided their take, the New York Times has a review as well as a semi-cute video, USA Today has to provide their input as well and Newsweek gives us input on their “test drive”. The consensus thus far? The long awaited iPhone isn’t perfect, but it sure does live up to the hype.

Aside from the “IT” (better known as the Segway), I believe this is one of the most hyped devices in recent memory and Apple is making sure everyone who has a trail version of the phone is happy. For example, Steve Jobs was personally calling the reporters/media folks who were reviewing the phone. Yes, I understand that part of his job is to market but that is dedication.

Consistently the reviewers are saying the engineering and design of the phone are simply beautiful. The device is easy to use and has a very subtle elegance to it. Not only does it look sexy, apparently it is easy to use as well. Just pick up and go.

Apple has taken an interesting approach with the activation of the phone. One does not have to deal with the pushy, and sometimes intimidating, cell phone sales people. You can purchase the phone at an AT&T location or an Apple store, take the device home, and activate it in the comfort of your living room all though the iTunes store. This does raise a question, however. What happens if an individual is transferring a phone number from another provider? Can that be accomplished during this process as well?

The complaints that seem to be surfacing in the reviews are consistent with what has been floating around the web for the past few months. For example, the battery life of the device can be drastically shortened depending on how much surfing/video watching you do. Also, the iPhone currently does not support Flash or Java, which means a large number of videos and content will be unavailable to web surfers.

The loudest complaint, interestingly enough, is the choice of service provider – AT & T. According to the NYT review:

“AT&T’s signal ranked either last or second to last in 19 out of 20 major cities… Then there’s the Internet problem. When you’re in a Wi-Fi hot spot, going online is fast and satisfying. But otherwise, you have to use AT&T’s ancient EDGE cellular network, which is excruciatingly slow. The New York Times’s home page takes 55 seconds to appear; Amazon.com, 100 seconds; Yahoo. two minutes.”

Apple seems to have known this was going to be an issue, so the iPhone looks for the fastest network to access in order to provide you with the best experience. If no Wi-Fi is available, the device will default to the EDGE network. To me, this is the biggest flaw with the phone – not the design or user interface but who Apple decided to partner with.

I passionately hate AT&T/Cingular/SBC. Their service, both cellular and local, has always been crap. I had trouble getting service in two major markets for crying out loud… And that is why I am not getting the iPhone.

Yes, I want the device. As a matter of fact, I was holding off on purchasing a new phone for almost a year because I wanted an iPhone. However, my hopes have been dashed for now. Maybe, as the device continues to mature, I will no longer have the ability to resist the urge but, for now, I have to pass.

Update:

Gizmodo shows us what the device does not have and ZDNet is saying the iPhone will support MSExchange.

Business2.com has a wrap-up as well.

Appleiphonereview.com has a “waiting in line” survival guide. =)

Interesting take – Thestreet.com’s Kevin Wassong says that the iPhone needs a 20 min video tutorial. Is the device not as easy to use as thought?


Geek Moment: iPhone services plans released

Apple has released the iPhone service plans. All I can say is Wow!

So, the plans starts $59.99 plan and gets you 450 minutes of air time, the $79.99 plan kicks that up to 900 minutes, and the $99.99 plan offers 1,350 minutes. The kicker is all plans have unlimited Data (web/email). Take a moment and think about that – that is an amazing offering all things considered.

Most phone companies charge an arm and a leg for data service. This is a major revenue stream for most providers, so I am shocked to see they are essentially giving it away. If you go and price out a normal phone (900 mins) w/ data package you’ll be paying around $105 per month (note – neither example includes taxes). So, one would save around $25 per month with this plan.

Note, however, that all plans start with 200 SMS per month. So, if you are a heavy txt sender, you’ll have to change your SMS package.

Others with the topic:

SlipperyBrick – iPhone Rates and Activation Plan Announced
Engagdet – iPhone Rate plans revealed, at-home activation announced