An Inventory of Fright

There is something haunting in the light of the moon; it has all the dispassionateness of a disembodied soul, and something of its inconceivable mystery.  ~ Joseph Conrad
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As Halloween is upon us (happily) both horror film buffs and movie fans alike may enjoy the cinematic treat of having their pants scared off. I still remember the first film that ever scared me in a movie theatre; I literally peeked through my nine-year-old fingers when the chained-up, hidden evil brother in the attic was finally revealed in 1968’s “The Shuttered Room” (which I saw in 1970). I’ve loved horror films ever since. Although the film seems tame to me today, there will always be a part of me that fears the unknown something down the hall, the corner of the basement where the light does not go, and the closed room from which odd or unusual sounds escape.

Here is a list of ‘unlucky thirteen’ films that fit the bill. All are remarkable achievements in filmmaking with those delicious sensations of dread, disturbing sensations, surprise and which have, as their most common denominator, the ability to grip you and only let you breathe when their directors felt like it.

I list them alphabetically because I refuse to rank one over the other. I just enjoy them for what they are and every Halloween I watch at least two of them. Enjoy!

All the Girls Love Mandy Lane (2006) – sadly unknown and seldom-seen classic from recent years. Never got the attention it deserved.

The Blair Witch Project (1999) – verité style at its best. One of the best premises of any spook flick in a long time.

The Exorcist (1973) – an undoubted classic of its genre, but also one of the best films of any kind ever made, due to its every aspect being virtually flawless.

Ginger Snaps (2000) – Splendid, fresh, imaginative and what may be the best Canadian horror film ever made.

Halloween (1978) – John Carpenter got it perfect on this film. The monster that can’t be stopped and keeps coming may be the most terrifying thing we can imagine.

Jaws (1975) – Probably not a film most people think of when it comes to horror, but any film that can keep people who saw it off the beaches for ages afterward is a great film. This very first “blockbuster” validated horror as a mainstream genre, and every horror director from Eli Roth on back owes Mr Spielberg a tip of their bloody caps.

Nosferatu (1922) – Before I fell in love with the Universal Monsters classics, I saw this silent wonder, and it’s as scary today as it was nearly one hundred years ago.

Psycho (1960) – Hitchock. Norman Bates. Mrs Bates. ‘Nuff said. Suspense and fear done to perfection.

The Ring (2002) – One of the best ghost stories ever told.

Scream (1996) – Modern classic of the genre from Wes Craven. Watchable numerous times with identical results. That’s the effect of a great director.

The Silence of the Lambs (1991) – Only horror film to win the mainstream awards due to how well it was made.

The Sixth Sense (1999) – A film that explores our fear of death itself. Like ‘Silence of the Lambs’ it’s claustrophobic, honest and its reality is our own reality. If anything, such films seem too close to home.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) – This was the first and most perfect example of the modern horror film. Unsettling, intimate and unforgettable.

Item Documents with the Inventory Snapshot

In SIMMS Inventory Management software’s Online Version, you can attach documents to stock items. You will see all your referenced documents for each item in the Item Snapshot window.

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Click the document link and a page opens where you can view all associated documents and open them.

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For more new features of SIMMS Online, visit www.simmssoftware.com or email sales@kcsi.ca today!

SIMMS’ Customer Activity Report

In the 2013 edition of SIMMS Inventory Management software, we have added an Activity Report Generator where you can report customer activity such as Notes (selected within a set date range), all Notes (for all customers), Quotes and/or Sales Orders (within a date range) and Activities (either scheduled within a set date range or all activities for all customers).

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For more information on customer details and management in SIMMS, visit www.simmssoftware.com or email sales@kcsi.ca today!

New Features in SIMMS’ Item Manager

SIMMS Inventory Management software has added some new features to its outstanding Item Manager solution.

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SIMMS has added the ability to associate network paths, network files, and web addresses to items. Simply click a link, a path or a document, and the referenced item automatically opens. In addition, SIMMS’s Kit Schema window and transaction windows feature this same instant advantage as you monitor your sales and item management responsibilities.

An additional feature now in SIMMS is if you perform an enhanced search from the Item Manager window, and if the item you are searching for is a Miscellaneous Item, then when you retrieve the item, the “Type” field in the Item Manager automatically defaults to the correct type for the item retrieved (Miscellaneous Item). Also, if the item is a stock item, a stock item is automatically selected in the Item Manager.

For more information and tips on SIMMS’ newest features, visit www.simmssoftware.com or email sales@kcsi.ca.

Enhancements to SIMMS Tool Crib

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On the Tool Crib form we have add a dashboard so after you scan in the employee id, it populates showing what items the employee has checked out currently. When the employee has completed his check in or check out task the dashboard is blanked out until the next user scans or enters in his user id, at that time the dashboard refreshes showing the current user what he currently has checked out.

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Additionally we have made it easier to see what items you have currently scanned or selected in the active Tool Crib transaction, with the ability to delete a line before you check in or out your selections.

For more information on SIMMS’ Tool Crib, visit www.simmssoftware.com or email sales@kcsi.ca.

You and SIMMS 2013

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SIMMS Version 2013 is easier to use owing to numerous enhancements and the addition of many new features to make your SIMMS experience quicker, more detailed and more accurate.

Our view is that your first experience with the new look and feel should be in a training scenario, which will allow you the time to get comfortable with any changes to SIMMS usage and function that may have changed.

Therefore, we have put together affordable two-, four- and eight-hour online training courses that have been designed to bring you up to speed on key enhancements made in order to assure your SIMMS 2013 experience is the best one possible.

Contact sales for more information 604-504-7936 Ext: 100 or sales@kcsi.ca.

New Features in SIMMS 2013

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SIMMS 2013 has several important improvements available to all SIMMS users right now:

  • Account Standing – You can now access an easy-to-understand snapshot of Customers’ balances along with any existing Credits Due
  • Calendar – You can now schedule events/tasks and associate them to customers or contacts for your team. The new calendar view lets you see all scheduled activities for a customer, for all users or only the current logged-in user.
  • Comments – You can now add comments related to the customer that you want to have immediate notice
  • Contacts – You can now add as many contacts as you wish along with an image for each one
  • Documents – You can both upload and store documents and associate them to your customers for further reference
  • Contact Management has been enhanced by adding numerous additional features to the Contact Management screen
  • Notes – You can create as many date- and user-stamped notes related to your customers as you want
  • Quotes Summary –  From the Customer screen/Quotes tab you can view all quotes created along with the ability to drill-down to the order details
  • Sales Orders Summary –  From the Customer screen/Sales Orders tab you can view all sales orders created along with the ability to drill-down to the order details
  • Sales Quotes – We have added the ability to generate sales quotes with more speed and more ease.

These and many other expansions and improvements in SIMMS 2013 can be found by visiting www.simmssoftware.com or emailing sales@kcsi.ca.

Materials Requisitions with SIMMS

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SIMMS’ Material Requisition Module was designed to provide an easy way for one SIMMS database (reseller) to request materials from another SIMMS database (distributor) by sending an auto email alert to the distributor once created. The distributor then approves the requested materials and creates a sales order in the distributor’s database. Once the distributor starts issuing (invoicing) items against that sales order a receipt of goods can automatically be created in the reseller’s database, thus providing a clean and paperless flow of items with a record in each company of the flow of items.

For more information on how SIMMS can help you achieve this process, visit www.simmssoftware.com and/or email sales@kcsi.ca today.

Quotes in SIMMS Online

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With SIMMS Online, you can be working on your iPad from your customer site, create a quote and email on the spot direct to your customer. You can also not only print and save your reports to your desktop, but now you can email your reports on the spot,

Click the email icon to the right of the report header. If you are sending a sales transaction, the email address will automatically be the address associated to your contact record. Otherwise you will have the ability to override or enter your own address.

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For more information, visit www.simmssoftware.com or email sales@kcsi.ca.

Kitting Improvements in SIMMS 2013

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In SIMMS 2013’s Kitting Module, we have enhanced and simplified the grid columns for components/stock. Now, all quantities are “translated” in the unit of measure chosen for each component. Also, for stock records, all quantities use the same unit of measure.

After you allocate quantities manually based on the stock record or use automatic allocation the system moves the quantities to an on-hold status and captures the costs.

For components using serial numbers, once you scan a serial and adds it to the kit the selected serial number is not longer available and the stock is placed on hold for the serialized item.

If there is a non-stock item (such as a miscellaneous item or charge) in the kit schema the system uses the standard cost from the Item Manager and automatically allocates the non-stock item when you start the kit build when you click the “Proceed” button.

If the user adds a non stock item during the kit build process the system automatically allocate and use the standard cost from the Item Manager.

If you delete a component, which comes from default schema, you can now add it back.