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How to save a whole-lotta-time by speeding up training videos

On  a Personal Note

I hope you are doing well this week. Well my wife Karen and my daughter Kelly made it back here to Las Vegas.  Their road trip to see my Mother in-law in Arkansas went great.  The only hitch was a nail in the tire sidewall that caused them to get a late start home.

They also ran into a snow storm on the way back starting about an hour outside  Of Gallup, New Mexico.

Here’s a couple of pictures:

 

Arkansas to Las Vegas Snow Outside Flagstaff

Arkansas to Las Vegas Snow Outside Flagstaff

 

Arkansas To Las Vegas Trip Home Snow Falling Outside Of Flagstaff AZ

Arkansas To Las Vegas Trip Home Snow Falling Outside Of Flagstaff AZ

Obviously , nothing like what the folks back east or up north have been experiencing.

Speeding Up Videos

So I discovered this really cool software that will let you speed up (or slow down) videos.  I take quite a few video courses myself and have found this to be a huge time saver. There are 2 programs actually. The first one is free and it requires you to download the video  To your computer before you play it.   And the second one is under $30 and it allows you to speed up videos that are playing right in your internet browser.

Software Demo

I made a quick demo video of each one below.

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The free one that requires you to download your video is called VLC Media Player and you can get it here

http://www.videolan.org/

The one that costs under $30 has a 7 day free trial and is called MySpeed by Enounce. You can get it here:

http://www.enounce.com/myspeed

Your comments are highly encouraged and so are your social media shares 

Thanks Again,

Marc Ready

How to use the Cost Per Mile – Cost Per Hour report with video

Question

Did you ever wonder how much your vehicle costs per mile/km or hour to run?

Calculating Cost Per Mile/Km And Cost Per Hour

Well we added the Cost Per Mile Report in the version 4.4.02 release; and I wanted to show you what it is and how to use it so I made this quick 5 Min video for you.

Enjoy!

Fleet Maintenance Management Cost Per Mile Cost Per Hour Report

Step By Step

Here are some quick written instructions and screen shots showing you the steps.

Click on Report->All Equipment Reports->Cost /Mile / Hour

And you will see this screen:

Criteria Selector For Cost Per Mile Cost Per Hour Report

Criteria Selector For Cost Per Mile Cost Per Hour Report

Then you can choose the date range up at the top.  Then you can pick and choose  any or all  of your equipment.   You can also choose the view and pint certain groups of equipment like Equipment TypeTruck/Tractor for example.

The next step is to click the check boxes for what you want to include in your report.  In the video above I chose Fuel Log, Work Orders, Depreciation Amount, Insurance and License Fees .   I left out Repairs Completed and Parts For This Equipment because you would not normally be tracking costs under those tabs when you are using Work Order.

Then click the Preview Report Button and you will see a report that looks like this:

Cost Per Mile Cost Per Hour Repor tScreen Shot

Cost Per Mile Cost Per Hour Report

The Beginning odometer and ending odometer readings are the closest reading to the dates you selected and the report shows you those readings and the dates they were captured.

The cost data encompasses the entire date range selected.

You can see that you get cost per mile, Cost per hour (if using hour meter readings) and WO Labor, WO Parts  and Work Order overall costs.  You also see in this report the total Fuel Costs for that date range and your total over costs to operate that vehicle for that date range.

I hope you like this report and that it helps you with your fleet management.

Thanks Again

Marc

P.S.  Please comment on share this post!

P.P.S. I see the report says Cost Per Mike 🙂  It's already fixed on the next version that is in the testing phase.

New Version 4.4.02 Now has ability to attach external documents

We have released a new version of TATEMS Fleet Maintenance Software. Now you can attach external documents like pictures, scanned invoices, purchase orders or any document to a Work Order.  You can also add attachments to a piece of Equipment without it being linked to a Work Order.

Here are a couple of screen shots:

Attachments TATEMS Fleet Maintenance Software Work Orders Screen

Screen Shot of Attachments on the TATEMS Fleet Maintenance Software Work Orders Screen (click image to see full size then click your browser's back button when done)

Attachments tab TATEMS Fleet Maintenance Software Main Screen

Screen Shot of Attachments on TATEMS Fleet Maintenance Software Main Screen (click image to see full size then click your browser's back)

 

We have also added a new Cost Per Mile/Km Report under:

Reports->More Reports->All Equipment Reports->Cost/Mile/Hour

Plus a new report that will print out all the data on a piece of equipment over a date range.  It can be found under:

Reports->Current Equipment Reports->Unit Information Report With All Equipment Data.

I'll try get some videos posted in the next few days to show you the new features.

You can see a list of the new features and improvements here:

https://tatems.com/updates/updatelist.cfm

And you can get the update here if you are eligible.

https://tatems.com/updates.cfm

Please let us know if you have any questions or need any help.

Thanks Again

Marc

Outrageous! Mini Cooper Tale

Photo By: Collin Allen

Daughter Gets A New Car

Last week my youngest daughter bought her first car.

She bought a 2009 Toyota Corolla with about 35K miles on it from CarMax.  She also got the extended warranty 100,000 miles on the odometer Or 75 months from purchase at Carmax for about $1000 (for the extended warranty).

My wife Karen and I discovered Carmax when we first moved to Las Vegas In 2003 and have probably purchased about 6 cars from there since.

We don't even bother going to other dealers, we went to a few here before finding Carmax and it was not a good experience.

The Mini Cooper Tale

Mini Coper Tail light and logo

Photo By: Ben Martin

We just heard a car purchase horror story from the lady who owns the UPS store.

She purchased a used Mini Cooper from the local BMW dealer a few months ago.  She paid about $15000 for the car and they offered her an extended warranty for $4500! Which she turned down.

Outrageous price for the warranty I thought and also a red flag.

Like, is there something about this make/model/year of car that causes it to breakdown and be expensive to repair?

It had 50K miles on it and she had some issues with it having  an oil leak.

She thought they had fixed it but when she drove up to Utah the Engine blew.

Photo By: Steve Snodgrass

In Utah she got an estimate for the engine repair for $7500!

She wasn't happy and she has been calling the local BMW dealership  to see what they can or will do and now all they do is hang up on her.

Nice.

So if you are going to buy a used car save yourself from grief and If you have a Carmax near you go there, it is a much different  “no pressure” buying experience and make sure you get an extended warranty, even if it's still under factory warranty.

In my experience they have more that paid for themselves.   Like the time the transmission on my GMC Sierra had the be replaced.  It only cost me the $50 deductible.

We just heard a car purchase horror story from the lady who owns the UPS store.

She purchased a used Mini Cooper from the local BMW dealer a few months ago.  She paid about $15000 for the car and they offered her an extended warranty for $4500! Which she turned down.

Do you have any used car tales? Leave your comments below and have a great week!

Thanks Again,

Marc

 

How To create TATEMS Spreadsheets from Scratch

In this post, I am going to go over how to create a custom spreadsheet that links to your TATEMS data.

I have created and posted a number of these custom spreadsheets that you can download for free at

https://tatems.com/fleetmaintenancesoftware/spreadsheets.cfm

Hopefully not too technical

This might be a little technical for some, but if you take the time to learn it, I think you'll like the results.

Here is a video that shows you this process using Excel 2003:

TATEMS Import TATEMS Data Into Excel 2003

The written instructions

Below explains how to do it using Excel 2010

In Excel click on Data->From Access

 

Then you will want to navigate to the:

TATEMS2005be.mdb

file in

C:\Program Files\TATEMS 2005

Or it will be in the :

C:\Program Files (x86)\TATEMS 2005

folder.

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Select-Datasource-tatems2005be.mdb in the TATEMS 2005 folder

Then choose tblEquipment and click Ok

Excel-Select-tblEquipment-From-TATEMS-Fleet-Maintenance-Software-Database

Select the tblEquipment table

Then on the Import Data popup choose properties

The Query

Then click on the Definition Tab and paste this SQL statement into the “Command Text” box”

 

SELECT tblEquipment.*,tlkpEquipmentType.sEquipmentType FROM tblEquipment,tlkpEquipmentType WHERE tblEquipment.lEquipmentTypeID = tlkpEquipmentType.lEquipmentTypeID

 

Then change the “Command Type” from table to SQL then click OK

 

Excel-2010-Connection-Properties-Command-Text-And-Command-Type-Popup-Screenshot

Connection Properties->Definition Command Text And Command Type

 

Then click OK and then click on again on the Import Data screen:

 

This will show you all the columns for each piece of equipment and the equipment type. You can delete the columns you don't need and rename the others.

Get any data you want

You can use this technique to grab whatever data you need from the database by using different SQL statements.

You can also use the wizard in Excel to create your queries.

In Excel click on

Data->From Other Data Sources-> From Microsoft Query

then choose:

Microsoft Access Database*

from the list of data sources.

then click ok.

Excel Data From Other Data Sources - Microsoft Query Choose Data Source ScreenShot

Choose MS Access Database* then click OK

Then in the “Select Database” window, you will need to navigate to the:

TATEMS2005be.mdb

file in:

C:\Program Files\TATEMS 2005

Or it will be in the :

C:\Program Files (x86)\TATEMS 2005

folder.

or on your network.

You can use the Drive at the dropdown at the bottom or use the network button if needed.

And also check the box that says Read Only

Excel 2010 Data Other Data Sources Select Database Choose tatems2005be.mdb database-Screenshot

navigate to the TATEMS database file called tatems2005be.mdb click on it then click the Read Only check box

Joining Two Tables Together

Then you will be presented with the Query Wizard window and you can choose the columns inside the tables that store the info you are looking for. You usually want to expand the table called tblEquipment and choose the fields you need. In the screenshot below I have selected: sEquipNum, sEquipDesc from tblEquipment and sLocation from another table called tlkpLocation.  So, if you need info like Location which is stored in another table called:

tlkpLocation

then navigate to the:

tlkpLocation table

and choose:

sLocation

Excel-2010-Data-Other-Data-Sources-Select-Microsoft-Query-Wizard-Choose-Columns-Screenshot

Select the fields from the tables you want to display and click next

The wizard will automatically join the 2 tables together so that the Location, in this case, will be linked to the proper piece of equipment. After you have chosen the columns to display then click next and on the following screen you can create your own criteria for the report.

Filter Data

On the next screen, you will be able to filter the data if you want to.  If not just click next.  In the screenshot below I have selected the sLocation field then I chose equals from the first dropdown in the left column and once I selected that then the right-hand column populates with the data I want to filter for. I will choose King City from the list in the screenshot below. You can also filter on multiple fields.  Once you have selected a field to filter by and created the filter you can move to another field and filter by that field.

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Microsoft Query Wizard Filter Data Screen

Sort Order

Then click next and you can create your own sort order. You can sort by multiple fields, in order of importance. In the screenshot below I will just sort by the sEquipYear field as seen in the screenshot below.

Excel-2010-Data-Other-Data-Sources-Select-Microsoft-Query-Wizard-Sort-Order-Screenshot

Microsoft Query Wizard – Sort Order Screen Shot

Then click next and you can then choose to either return the data Microsoft Excel to view it or you can view the data and the query in the Microsoft Query window. If you are familiar with SQL then you can manipulate the query to suit your needs. I'll choose the View data or edit query in Microsoft Query as selected in the screenshot below.

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Microsoft Query Wizard – Finish

Microsoft Query

You can now see the data you have selected and once in the Microsoft Query Window you can customize your query even further.

 

For example, you can set the names on the column headers to a more user-friendly name by clicking on the column you want to rename and then click on Records->Edit Column.  I have selected the sEquipNum column to edit in the screenshots below and will change it from sEquipNum to Equipment #.

Excel-2010-Data-Other-Data-Sources-Select-Microsoft-Query-Query-From-MS-Access--Edit-Column-Screenshot

Microsoft Query Edit Column

 

Excel-2010-Data-Other-Data-Sources-Select-Microsoft-Query-Query-From-MS-Access--Edit-Column-Field-Column-Heading-Screenshot

Edit Column change sEquipNum to Equipment # then click OK

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Column heading in Microsoft Query after changing sEquipNum to Equipment #

 

Once you have the query the way you want it you click on the little “exit door” icon at the top to return your data to Excel.

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Exit and return data to Excel

After you click the “return data to Excel” icon you will see the Import Data dialog popup and on that screen you just click OK

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Import Data dialog after clicking Exit return data to excel.

I hope this gives you a basic idea of how to create your own reports in Excel with your TATEMS data.

All The Best!

Marc

Girl on a High Wire between two speeding Big Rigs

Well summer is about over and yes I hit my goal and I am able to eat pizza on movie night again 🙂

Check out this great video of World record-holding highliner Faith Dickey crossing a slack line between two speeding Volvo trucks.

Will she make it before the trucks reach the tunnel?

Volvo Trucks – The Ballerina Stunt (Live Test)

How do you get a boat with an 85 foot mast under a 65 foot bridge?

A little ingenuity…

Boat Balls 2

In other trucking, transportation and equipment news:

In TATEMS news we are working on getting a number of new features out the door. For example, the ability to attach items like scanned documents or pictures to a Work order and to the equipment itself.

I hope you have a great week!

All The Best!

Marc

How To Report Tire Costs In Your Fleet and 31 pounds so far…

Did you like the video I posted last week of our puppy Kiba playing Bang Bang you're Dead with my daughter Kelly? Here’s the link. Click here and then scroll down to see the puppy..

31 Pounds so far… and counting. My son Matthew bought the P90X DVD’s and we started the regimen on Apr 1, 2012. I have a few days left to complete the 90 program and I have to say I’ve gotten into pretty good shape compared to where I was in addition to losing 31 pounds.

I’m going to go ahead and continue for another 90 days just repeating the phase 3 part of the program and see what happens.

So I have gone from 233 down to 202, my goal is 175 (which would be pretty amazing). By the way, it’s not just the exercise, I have to restrict my calories to 1400 per day.

I gotta say I am going through excruciating Pizza withdrawals and when I pass below the 200 mark it’s time to celebrate with some Papa Johns 🙂

Has anyone else gone through P90X or had a similar experience? Leave a comment below, I'd love to hear about it.

So this week I created a short video to show you how to see what you have spent on tires for a specific date range.

TATEMS Maintenance Software Work Orders Parts Tires Report

Just to reiterate and add to what's in the video.

Click Reports->More Reports->Report Type:Work Orders

Then choose

“All Work Orders Parts Totals by Equipment #”

Then enter your date range and then if you just want to see what you are spending on tires enter the word “tire”(without quotes) in the “Part Desc” field and also in the “To” field.

Then click preview.

As long as your part description matches the word you are searching for you will see all of that description of parts installed for that date range.

You can also use a wild card asterisk * before and/or after the “Part Desc” word you are searching for to see see part descriptions that maybe include more that one word and your not sure what the other word was.

Until next time…

Thanks Again

Marc Ready
PCHelp, LTD

New Video Version 4.4.00 Parts Inventory Screen updates

I hope everything is going well for you this week.

Hopefully, this video is not as choppy as the unfinished house they are tearing down on the hill above us. More on that in a minute

I just finished up this video but updated my Camtasia Studio (Screen Cam Software) to the latest version so it might be a little bit choppy as I am just getting used to the new interface.

TATEMS Maintenance Software New Version 4.4.00 Parts Inventory Screen Updates

Last week I forgot to post the sample Terms that you can paste into the bottom of your work orders so I have added it here:

SAMPLE TERMS for WORK ORDER

I am also posting the previous Video regarding all the new Preferences settings in Version 4.4.00 below.

TATEMS Maintenance Software New Version 4.4.00 Preferences Options

So anyway someone starting building a huge multimillion dollar house on the hill above our neighborhood about 5 or 6 years ago.

It was all framed and had roofing material stacked on top of it and then it just sat there.

We figured they ran out of money or something.

Then we find out from our neighbor that they were forced to pay for all the utility lines to all the lots on the entire street. Not only that but the houses in our neighborhood that back up to the hill had contracts that said no houses would be built behind them.

So today they are chopping it up and tearing it all down… I've included some video below. It's going to be weird not seeing it up there anymore. It's really become a landmark around here that you could see for quite a distance.

Las Vegas Southern Highlands Unfinished House On Hill Gets Demolished

It may be Las Vegas but we don't go into town much, so you can see what passes for excitement around here. 🙂

Oh well. By the way it's 104° F here in Las Vegas today while they were doing the tear down…

And for you dog lovers you might get a chuckle of this video my daughter took of her trying to get
our dog Kiba to play dead. Enjoy!

Kiba's bang bang

Please let us know if you have any questions or need any help.

All The Best!

Thanks Again,

Marc

New TATEMS Version 4.4.00 Preferences Video

We released a new version of TATEMS a couple of weeks ago and in this video I go over the new preferences options in this version update. Below this video you will also see a link to see a list of all 23 items in this update.

Here is the link to get the update:

https://tatems.com/updates

And to see the list of all 23 items included in this update click the link below:

tatems.com/updates/updatelist.cfm

I hope everything is going well for you and yours as we move into summer. I'm working hard on bring you more updates and also to get our TATEMS reminders software out of beta testing.

Thanks Again

How to get 25Gb of Cloud Storage for your TATEMS data and more… But there is a catch.

DropBox

I have been using a service called Dropbox a cool cloud storage service that I have installed on my desktop computer, my Android phone and my iPad.  It's a very cool and easy way to transfer things like photos from one device to the other.

For example, I can snap a picture on my phone and instantly upload it to DropBox and then later open it from my desktop computer or iPad.

I can also use it as an extra backup for data files or any document.

The only drawaback with Dropbox is that it only gives you 2 Gigabytes of space for free.  That may be enough for most people but if you need more starage there are some other options.

Google Drive

Google just came out with a similar new cloud storage service called Google Drive that gives you 5GB of storage for free. Google says that thier service will also be searchable using Google Search technology.  Google has apps for the Desktop and Android phones but not Apple devices yet.

Note: I just went to the Google Drive site and as of 2:30 PDT Arril 25, 2012 they are saying it's not ready. Although I was able to get it on my Android Phone. But after installing it on my Android Phone, I got the same message saying it's not ready but will notify me when it is

SkyDrive

That sounds good, but if you really want more free storage space Microsoft is offering 25GB of free storage with thier SkyDrive service.  But to get the free 25 GiGs you have to have to actuallt use the service before Monday April 30, 2012

You can use any of these services to save backup copies of your TATEMS data file or any other data for that matter off site.

To get the apps for these for your Mobile device just search for the service name or click the links above to get them on your desktop.

I just added some stuff to Microsoft Skydrive to make sure I get that free 25GB of storage and I reccomend you do too.

I don't see any reason not to use all three services for ultimate safety. 

Take care and have a great weekend.