Q. We have a bet at our office on how you pronounce the name of your Vetro clock. Is it “Vee-tro” or “Vet-ro”?
“Vet-ro,” but the clock won’t mind if you call it “Vee-tro.” “Vetro” means “glass”
in Italian, and we chose it because it signifies the clock’s sleek black
touchscreen (and sounds cool).
Q. At the bottom of my TimePilot Central screen it says “Transactions need to be extracted!” What does that mean and how do I do it?
is telling you that transactions—the individual clock-ins and clock-outs by
your employees—are building up in your database. When your pay period ends, we
strongly recommend that you “extract” your transactions; in other words, that
you remove them from Current Transactions and put them into a separate file. This
May 2012 article will give you all the info you need.
Q. Our old timeclock system allowed us to set shift restrictions; for instance, if a shift started at 7 a.m., an employee's work time would begin at 7 even if the employee punched in before 7. Can TimePilot do this?
A. Yes. We call that feature “Snap-To” and it’s available in
the Professional and Enterprise versions (but not the Retail version) of our
software. There’s a detailed description of Snap-To and how to use it in our
January 2012 newsletter.
Q. We have TimePilot Extreme, and we've noticed that our iButton Receptor only works with the computer the program was first loaded onto. How can I get it to function on another computer as well? If the first PC were to go down, I don't want to be unable to assign iButtons to new employees.
A. Yes, you can set up the iButton Receptor (also known as the Blue Dot Receptor) to work on other computers. Choose either of these two methods to install the driver you'll need:
Method 1: If your TimePilot software CD is handy, insert it into the second computer's CD drive. When the installation screen appears, click "Install TimePilot Software." On the next screen, click "TimePilot Installation Menu," and on the screen that follows, click "Blue Dot Receptor" and follow the instructions that appear.
Method 2: On the second computer, go to the TimePilot web site's Downloads page and follow the instructions to download and install the Blue Dot Receptor driver.
Maybe time travelers can't figure out Facebook: A team of scientists at Michigan Technological University has conducted a semi-whimsical search for evidence of time travelers, and, unfortunately, didn’t find any. Their theory was that important events that would be known far in the future might be mentioned by accident by time travelers visiting the past before the events occurred. Their internet search for such references turned up nothing. For instance, they looked for references to “Pope Francis” before March 2013, because Pope Francis, who was elected then, is the first Pope to have chosen that name.
Today is the longest day in history: Because of tidal friction from the sun and moon, the earth’s rotation is slowing down by 1.7 milliseconds each century, creating longer and longer days. Dinosaurs lived through a 23-hour day; 140 million years from now, a day will be 25 hours long. (Editor's note: To answer the obvious question: Yes, TimePilot systems 140 million years from now will be able to handle the 25-hour day!)
Every once in a while, our employees come across “cool stuff.”