Tech Facts

simms_wisdomAccording to The Economist magazine, the first truly electronic bank on the Internet, called First Virtual Holdings, was opened by Lee Stein in 1994.

Browser safe colours refer to the 216 colours that are rendered the same way in both the PC and Mac operating systems.

Rob Glaser’s company, Progressive Networks, launched the RealAudio system on April 10, 1995.

The ‘Dilbert Zone’ Web site was the first syndicated comic strip site available on the Internet.

The first computer company to register for a domain name was Digital Equipment Corporation.

The first Internet worm was created by Robert T. Morris, Jr., and attacked more than 6,000 Internet hosts.

The French Culture Ministry has banned the word ‘e-mail’ in all government ministries, documents, publications and Web sites, because ‘e-mail’ is an English word. They prefer to use the term ‘courriel’.

The German police sell used patrol cars over the Internet, because earlier auctions fetched low prices and only a few people ever showed up.

The testbed for the Internet’s new addressing system, IPv6, is called the 6bone.

Though the World Wide Web was born in 1989 at CERN in Switzerland, CERN is mainly involved in research for particle physics.

SIMMS’ Fulfillment Module

simms_manufacturingThe Fulfillment Module was designed to work in conjunction with the Replenishment Module. Once a purchase order has been generated for the stock required to fill sales orders and the purchase order has been approved and received, the sales order is then listed in the Fulfillment Module waiting for the order to be picked and invoiced. Here the user can process all items on a sales order into an invoice or invoice individual items on a sales order. Also, the user has the option to invoice individual sales orders or automatically invoice all sales orders. This process is called “Recalculate Fill Quantity” (the fill quantity is the item’s quantity on a sales order).

SIMMS’ Fulfillment Module keeps all details of the stock you have ordered – or need to order – clear and concise so that you are not wasting extra time and money on stock the is not needed. Use this module to master your stock and your orders, all the while adding to the satisfaction of your customers and the efficiency of your stock management.

–          Comprehensive picking lists can be generated once selected quantities have been either manually or automatically chosen.

–          Fill quantities can be automatically filled using available stock or reset to zero, and can be recalculated at any time.

–          Order selection has been made simple, and can be filtered by customer, categories, or items.

–          Quantities of items already on purchase orders are displayed, avoiding the creation of duplicate orders for the required goods. Invoices that feature some or all fulfillment items can be generated, while any items that are already invoiced, or partially invoiced, are displayed.

–          You can manually enter only the quantities they need, avoiding investment in superfluous stock thus saving the user time and money. Once the required amount of stock is known, purchase orders can be created for unavailable stock involved in the fulfillment process, either an item at a time, or by the batch of required items.

SIMMS’ Fulfillment Module can help your business succeed owing much to its hand-in-hand link with SIMMS’ comprehensive inventory management software. Visit www.simmssoftware.com or email sales@kcsi.ca today for more information on how fulfillment can help you serve your customers with a much more accurate and higher standard than ever before.

A Paradise of Puns

Waitress: Hawaii, mister? You must be Hungary?

Gent: Yes, Siam. And I can’t Rumania long either. Venice lunch
ready?

Waitress: I’ll Russia table. What’ll you Havre? Aix?

Gent: Whatever’s ready. But can’t Jamaica cook step on the gas?

Waitress: Odessa laugh! But Alaska.

Gent: Don’t do me favors. Just put a Cuba sugar in my Java.

Waitress: Don’t you be Sicily, big boy. Sweden it yourself. I’m
only here to Serbia.

Gent: Denmark my check and call the Bosphorus. I hope he’ll
Kenya. I don’t Bolivia know who I am!

Waitress: Canada noise! I don’t Caribbean. You sure Ararat!
Gent: Samoa your wisecracks? What’s got India? D’you think
this arguing Alps business? Be Nice! Matter of fact, I gotta Smolensk
for ya!

Waitress: Attn! Don’t Kiev me that Boulogne! Alamein do!
Spain in the neck. Pay your check and scram, Abyssinia!

SIMMS’ Work Order

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The SIMMS Work Order module is the cornerstone of the system’s Manufacturing Solution.

The SIMMS Work Order module provides you with complete control of the manufacturing process and the ability to see up-to-the-minute work in process information. This module is particularly well-suited for companies engaged in assemble to-order, engineer-to-order or make-to-order processing. Define lead times, suggested labor along with percentages of waste related to tasks completed, use fixed time or real time when assigning time to Work Order master forms.

WORK ORDER FEATURES

  • The module empowers you to issue work orders, assemble kits, develop schedules and track costs associated with the manufacturing process.
  • You can evaluate missing costs, examine any variance from standards, check material shortages, analyze work centre capacity and confirm tool requirements.
  • Additional reporting capabilities inform you of the status of open work orders, work in process and work order history, allowing you to print inventory labels.
  • When SIMMS Work Order processing is used in conjunction with Bill of Materials, the material required to produce a product can be automatically merged from the appropriate bill.
  • All of the required paperwork to move the Work Order through the process can then be produced from each Work Order, including picking sheets and dispatch sheets.
  • Enhanced program management functionality helps control each step in project development and tracks all running costs to project completion.

Tech Facts

simms_wisdomA 55 kg laddu was made for Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala as a Y2K prayer offering.

Boeing was the first airline to discover the Y2K problem, way back in 1993.

Cyber Patrol, Surf Watch, Net Nanny and Big Brother are all access filters used to block access to objectionable Web sites.

Did you know that Domain Registration was free until an announcement by the National Science Foundation on 14th September, 1995, changed it?

If you are a resident of Tonga, a monarchy in the southwest Pacific, you could own domains as cool as ‘mail.to’ and ‘head.to’.

On an average, each person receives 26.4 emails a day.

Shokyu Ishiko, a doctorate in agriculture and chief priest of Daioh Temple in Kyoto has created an online virtual temple which will perform memorial services for lost information.

The American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) began the administration and registration of Internet IP addresses in North and South America in March 1998.

The Internet was initially called the ‘Galactic network’ in memos written by MIT’s J C R Licklider in 1962.

The morning after Internet Explorer 4 was released, certain mischievous Microsoft workers left a 10-by-12-foot letter ‘e’ and a balloon with the message, “We love you”, on Netscape’s front lawn.

Thoughts on Business

simms_cloudwords“A business absolutely devoted to service will have only one worry about profits. They will be embarrassingly large.” – Henry Ford

“By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day.” – Robert Frost

“Never burn bridges. Today’s junior jerk, tomorrow’s senior partner.” – Sigourney Weaver

“The secret of business is to know something that nobody else knows.” – Aristotle Onassis

“It is difficult, but not impossible, to conduct strictly honest business.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“A real entrepreneur is somebody who has no safety net underneath them.” – Henry Kravis

“Good products can be sold by honest advertising. If you don’t think the product is good, you have no business to be advertising it.” – David Ogilvy

“Drive your business. Let not your business drive you.” – Benjamin Franklin

Omnified G

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The name Edward Martin is hardly a household one. At the pinnacle of his career — at least, the part of his career relevant to this story — he competed in his hobby’s World Championships three times. In 2005, he finished 24th, a result he’d never match. At the next event two years later, he finished 54th, and then, after failing or declining to compete in 2009, returned to finish 51st in 2011. And the best part? He got to keep his clothes on the entire time — although that, for a moment, may have been in question.

That’s the life of a world-class Scrabble player.

Scrabble — yes, the board game, to be clear here — was created in 1938 by a guy named Alfred Butts. Butts’ game quickly developed into being a local favorite, and by the early 1950s a major game manufacturer discovered it. Shortly thereafter, Scrabble spread throughout the country and, ultimately, the world. In 1991, Mattel, the game’s manufacturer at the time (it is now manufacturer by Hasbro in the U.S. and Canada and Mattel everywhere else) hosted the inaugural World Scrabble Championship in London. Four dozen players from around the world competed for $19,000 in prize money, with the eventual champion taking $10,000. (The runner up that year, as Wikipedia notes, tried to play the non-word “SMAIL” when he could have played the actual-word “CLAIMS,” which likely cost him the title.)

Despite the relatively small prize pool, interest in the World Scrabble Championship has increased over the years, and in 2011, the aforementioned Edward Martin was one of 106 people in Warsaw, each after a $20,000 first prize. A man named Nigel Richards won his second world title that year (he also won in 2007 and would take the 2013 crown, too), playing the word “OMNIFIED” for the win in the finals, but Martin was unfortunately the lead story. Slate explains:

In Round 7 of the 34-game event, Edward Martin, an IT consultant from London, was playing Chollapat Itthi-Aree, a math instructor from Bangkok. Near the end of the game, Martin realized a tile was missing; instead of two tiles in the bag there was only one. How did he know this? Competitive Scrabble players “track” the 98 letters and two blanks as they are played. That way, when the bag is empty, each player will, if he has tracked correctly, know what tiles his opponent holds. This is when Scrabble turns from a game of imperfect information into one of perfect information; a player can map out the endgame with full knowledge of his opponent’s possible gambits.

The director had Martin and Chollapat search for the tile—in the bag, under the board, on the floor, on their chairs—but they turned up nothing. The director then ruled that, since the players thought the game had begun with a full allotment of tiles, the missing letter—a G—should be procured from another set and placed in the bag. Chollapat was entitled to the final two letters. Since Martin had determined how the game would likely play out, it was clear the addition of the G would change the outcome from a three-point win for Chollapat to a one-point win for Martin. (The G is worth two points.)

For Chollapat, this was unacceptable. Cheating in major competitions isn’t unheard of, and Scrabble is no exception; in 2012, for example, a competitor was disqualified from the U.S. national championships for intentionally dropping the two blank tiles on the floor, concealing them for later use. And that’s where Chollapat’s mind went. He assumed that Martin had cheated. According to a few reports (although Slate claims this a lie by Mattel, in hopes of getting a little PR for the event), Chollapat requested that Martin be strip-searched, in hopes of finding the elusive G.

Whether the claims are true, the result was the same — no one made Martin doff his outfit. The G was never located, Martin wasn’t disqualified, and neither Martin nor Chollapat finished in the money. And even if Chollapat had defeated Martin, he’d not have been the champion — he would have finished with 17 wins and 17 losses, and probably in 52nd place.

– Dan Lewis

The Limits of Lofty Hopes

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“I think it’s wrong,” says comedian Steven Wright, “that only one company makes the game Monopoly.”

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A friend used to work in Texas. Now and then he would fly to the western part of the state on an airline called TTA. He called it “Treetop Airlines.” That’s about they way they flew.
One day, he was on this plane headed for San Angelo from Dallas. He was sitting up near the front, the door to the cockpit was open, and the pilot got on the horn. He called the
tower and said, “I’d like a time check.”
The tower came back and said, “Tell me what airline you are, and I’ll tell you what time it is.”
The pilot said, “What difference does it make what airline it is? I want to know what time it is.”
The tower replied, “Well, it makes a lot of difference. If you’re Delta, it’s 1800 hours; if you’re American, it’s 6:00 P.M.; if you’re USAir, it’s Thursday; and if you’re TTA, the big hand’s on the twelve and the little hand’s on the six.”

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“I saw a subliminal advertising executive, but only for a second.” —Steven Wright

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Cecil B. De Mille was well known for his spectacular motion pictures, especially those based on the Bible. Unfortunately, he had a tendency to allow his lavish special effects to drown the simple morals of the scriptural stories. He had filmed the life of Jesus, the story of Samson and Delilah, the Exodus of the children of Israel from Egypt. Shortly before his death, he undertook the most breathtaking of all his magnificent spectacles.

He was filming the six days of creation—the coming of light, the forming of the Earth, the separation of the sea from the land, the appearance of sun, moon, and stars, and the start of life itself.
This carefully planned sequence would cost more than fifty million dollars. For this purpose a huge valley in Spain was equipped with astonishing mechanical devices. The sequence could be performed only once. To try it twice would have meant undoing all the first attempt had brought about and running up costs greater than any studio could possibly afford.

To cover all eventualities, therefore, De Mille set up four separate camera crews on four separate peaks overlooking the valley, each under instructions to film everything.

At the appointed time, De Mille waved his hand at the special effects crew, and the magnificent display began. Everything worked perfectly. The creation had been recreated.

De Mille himself was reduced to speechless tears at its magnificence. When he recovered his composure, De Mille hastened to check on the camera crews.

He lifted his walkie-talkie and contacted Camera Crew One. “How did it go?” he asked.
“Gosh, C.B.,” came back a shocked voice. “I don’t know how to tell you this, but when the creation started, we were all so fascinated by it that we actually never thought to roll the cameras.”

Under his breath, De Mille uttered a few choice curses. Then he silently praised himself for his careful preparations.After all, he had expected trouble. That was why he had four camera crews. He put in a call to Crew Two.
“Gosh, Mr. De Mille,” came back a terrified voice. “I can’t explain it. We were all set, but it turned out we just didn’t have any film. Somehow no one had ever thought to bring any. I
don’t know what to say. I’m so upset I could just die.”
“Do that,” barked De Mille, and he rang up the third crew.
“Gosh, C.B.”, came back a hysterical voice, “we were ready, we were running, we were loaded, we took everything, but C.B. —I don’t know how it happened, but we somehow never took the cap off the lens.”

Now De Mille was dazed and stupefied. With a trembling hand, he called the final film crew.
For once a cheerful voice answered, “Hello, Mr. De Mille!”
De Mille said, “Is everything all right?”
“Couldn’t be better,” said the camera operator confidently.
Wild hope sprang up within De Mille’s heart. “You have film?”
“Plenty.”
“The right film?”
“Naturally.”
“The cap is off the lens?”
“Of course.”
“There is nothing wrong?”
“Not a thing.”
“Thank goodness.”
“Relax,” said the fourth camera operator. “We’re in perfect shape, so get started whenever you want, C.B.”

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“I used to be an airline pilot. I got fired because I kept locking the keys in the plane. They caught me on an eighty-foot stepladder with a coat hanger.” —Steven Wright

Barcoding with SIMMS 2015

simms_barcoding2Barcode printing is one of the most important aspects of inventory control and our professionals can assist in the decision-making process. From thermal and dot matrix barcode printers, to sophisticated 2D barcode scanners and 2D data collectors, we offer expert guidance so you can make an educated decision and understand what options are available.

Smart Solution

When it comes to producing barcodes, the SIMMS Barcode and SIMMS 2D Barcode Modules are the smart solution, increasing efficiency while lowering costs. We also offer complete hardware packages and customized solutions. We understand that every industry has unique demands and SIMMS offers the most sophisticated barcode and label-making module in the industry. Whether it is barcode labels to be printed for one specific serialized item, or for entire categories, SIMMS is compatible with laser printers, specialized dot matrix printers and thermal barcode printers.

WHAT SIMMS CAN DO FOR YOUR BUSINESS

  • Improve productivity
  • Barcode your warehouse
  • Reduce the risk of operator error
  • Simplify purchasing/order taking and physical count processes by utilizing barcode technology
  • Print serialized barcodes from our easy-to-use barcode interface, including items’ manufacturer’s lot numbers.
  • Easily print apparel item barcodes for every item on a receipt of goods on-the-fly and generate apparel item tags.
  • Print barcodes for all items from a receipt of goods and/or print barcodes for an entire category of items.
  • Several barcode formats are supported, and labels can be exported to an external Crystal Report for easy adjustments and/or layout changes. 2D barcoding is supported, providing the ability to select what information should be included in the 2D barcode, e.g. item number, item description, UPC, quantity and manufacturer’s lot. The 2D barcode escape code parameters can be set using the Advanced Barcode Printer Setup.
  • Print location barcode labels, either one location at a time or add all locations in your system. Location labels enable the scanning of location codes during transactions. A hand-held data collector can make inventory management much easier by eliminating the possibility of user error.
  • With barcoding as part of your solution, you have the freedom to utilize scanners in order to reduce data entry errors. Remote data collectors with the SIMMS Windows Mobile program can also be used in order to un-chain yourself from your desk so you can inventory your warehouse then synch with SIMMS.

    Visit www.simmssoftware.com or email sales@kcsi.ca for more information.

Tech Facts

simms_wisdomAn anonymiser is a privacy service that allows a user to visit Web sites without allowing anyone to gather information about which sites they visit.

Archie is an information system offering an electronic directory 8 service for locating information residing on anonymous FTP sites.

‘Carnivore’ is the Internet surveillance system developed by the US Federal Bureau of

Did you know that the name of the famous search engine AltaVista came into existence when some one accidentally read and suggested the word ‘Alto’ written near the word
‘Vista’ on an unclean whiteboard as ‘AltaVista’?

Did you know that the original URL of Yahoo! was http://akebono.stanford.edu/ ?

In Internet terminology, a demo is a non-interactive multimedia presentation,the computer world’s equivalent of a music video.

Investigation (FBI), who developed it to monitor the electronic transmissions of criminal suspects.

On the Internet, a ‘bastion host’ is the only host computer that a company allows to be addressed directly from the public network.

The Electrohippies Collective is an international group of ‘hacktivists’ based in Oxfordshire, England.

UIML (User Interface Markup Language) is a descriptive language that lets you create a Web page that can be sent to any kind of interface device.

WAIS stands for ‘Wide Area Information Servers’-a commercial software package that allows the indexing of huge quantities of information, then makes those indices searchable across the Internet.

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