Posts Tagged ‘Saratoga Springs New York’

Microsoft Windows Mobile Devices – LG Fathom

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

The second Microsoft Windows Mobile phone I tested was the Fathom by LG.  This is powered by Windows Mobile Professional 6.5.3 and has a slide-out keyboard.

The Fathom lacks Verizon’s V Cast Mobile TV of the HTC Imagio but does have access to Verizon’s VZ Navigator.

The qwerty style slide-out keyboard works well.  One design flaw is the keyboard requires pressing a function key in order to get a period.  This is a major oversight in my opinion.  LG does include a stylus for input, but it is too short to be of much use.

The LG Fathom uses a resistive display , which does not work very well.  When scrolling, programs start to run because the display interprets the users intent incorrectly.  A benefit of a resistive screen is that they do allow for use of a stylus.

The size of the Fathom is pretty good and it has a nice display.  The display size is 3.2″ with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels.

Call quality was good. We tested the Fathom throughout the Clifton Park area up to Saratoga Springs and down to Latham.  We experienced no dropped calls during the test.

The LG Fathom also has a proximity sensor which locks the screen when the phone is near your face.  Likewise, Bluetooth connections were good in the different vehicles we tested it in.

During the short time of our test, we found battery use to be below what we expected.  But since the battery is removable it is possible to carry a spare.

Overall the poor screen sensitivity made the LG Fathom not a good choice.

BNI Presentation

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Last week I had the opportunity to speak at a local chapter of BNI International.

The talk I gave was regarding how the staff at ICOM Tech Services assisted the Saratoga City Center preparing for their move to additional facilities while the City Center was being relocated.  We created a VPN for the City Center setup a new phone system and coordinated with their phone line supplier and Time Warner for the additional cable requirements.  The City Center staff was going to be working from two locations for about a year.

What I found very impressive was how organized and well run the BNI meeting was.  I had heard a lot about BNI for years, but never attended any of their meetings.  Everyone was held to the time allotted for them to speak and the entire group was cordial and seemed very cohesive.

It was a very positive experience.

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Saratoga, The Sun and Man’s Best Friend

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Yesterday (as today) was beautiful in Clifton Park and Saratoga County, New York, with temperatures in the mid 60’s and sunshine.

We just completed a new website ( for one of our clients, the Saratoga Springs City Center.  As this required providing them with training on their new CMS (Content Management System), and I didn’t want to be late, I called and asked if they minded if Toby, my Miniature Schnauzer could accompany me.  It was, and he was a big hit.

For those who are unfamiliar, the Saratoga City Center provides meeting space in the heart of Saratoga Springs, NY.  Some of the businesses and organizations which utilize the City Center are the Saratoga Economic Development Corp. for their Annual Dinner, the Saratoga Springs High School Junior / Senior Prom, YFC’s Excel and Break-Out, Curtis Lumber for their Annual Contractor Show.

During training, there were a few items which the City Center staff asked about changing.  Their requests were passed to one of our web developers, who was able to make the majority of the changes while I was still on-site.

What a fantastic way to end the day.  Working with great clients, and a sunny ride home with my dog in the back.

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