Palm Pilot question

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by JSG, Feb 19, 2002.

  1. JSG

    JSG LawnSite Member
    from MI
    Posts: 20

    I know there are a number of threads on palm pilots but I have
    a specific question. I am looking for a unit that my crew leaders
    can record their time in and time out by touching the screen
    on the appropriate box. The time in and out would automatically be stored for each job. This could then be downloaded onto an
    excel spreadsheet on my P/C. If you have a system that works
    like this I would be interested in knowing the model of palm pilot
    (or other brand) you use and any software that is loaded on it.

    Thanks
     
  2. PAPS

    PAPS LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 404

    I actually was thinking about gettin a palm pilot.... i saw on QVC the lst few days they have been puching the Palm Pilot 7, how are they to use?? they really help you organize your daily schedules?? and routines?? I think they wanted like $200.00 for the unit
     
  3. Currier

    Currier LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 564

    I have the cheapest Palm (100) ($99). Really all you need to do is go to the palm website. Go to software downloads, and download something like Quick Office. It has excell and word. Once you set up your excell spreadsheet and sync it with your handheld it should work.
    I think the quick office costs something like $20-$30. When I first went to the sight I went nuts and got all these huge programs. You don't need all the extra junk...mainly just a spreadsheet that fits with your computer spreadsheet.
     
  4. JSG

    JSG LawnSite Member
    from MI
    Posts: 20

    I think the hardest part of this is going to be setting up the
    unit to be able to record the time automatically without having to
    enter it in manually. This way the crew leaders couldn't fudge
    the numbers (hopefully). If it is real simple it will work but if
    it gets complicated they'll throw it on the seat and say forget it.
    It would be great if someone made a hand held unit like this
    for industry without all the other bells and whistles that I don't
    need.
     
  5. Currier

    Currier LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 564

    JSG, Good point! I hadn't considered how it would automatically reocrd the time! I guess that would be on the honor system? It also could be seen as too much of a hassle. Also, watch out for dead batteries! All my programs erased when the batteries died and I had to reload them, not hard but a pain in the rear.
     
  6. carlriv

    carlriv LawnSite Member
    from Mass
    Posts: 99

    I do not know how to do it automatically.... Maybe palm can answer that. But I do have a couple of shortcuts programmed into mine that will write out the time, date, or both. If you use shortcuts you know the symbol you need to make (script L) then put in ts ds or dts (on mine) I do not remember if these shortcuts were there when I got it or not. The trick i think would be to get a button on the touch screen to do those 3 keystrokes for you.

    Check the palm site.
     
  7. Five Star Lawn Care LLC

    Five Star Lawn Care LLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,005

    JSG....there is a company out of canton, michigan that just what your saying. They just rescently got Torre & Buglio up and rumming with the PDA time clocks. Real nice guy, im in a local business organization with him...His name is Tom Corp...his company is Advanced Time Managment. just emial me if u want his #
     
  8. burninbill

    burninbill LawnSite Member
    Posts: 80

    I have a sony palm $180 and I have been using it for sometime. This is only my second season in the business but I use a program called "sds time 5" and it allows to record exact times you start and stop, allows list of customer from a drop down menu, calculates o.t., has a place to put notes on the job at hand, and can be exported to excel. Let me know if you need any advise on palm's, I have actually had about seven(worked at an electronic store, benefits). Hope this helps.

    Jon Walker
    Cutting Edge Lawn and Landscape
     

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