Monthly Archives: January 2016

Tip #279 – How to Create a Scheduled Task on Windows 7 & 8

Tip #279
How to Create a Scheduled Task on Windows 7 & 8

Locate the task scheduler program…

When the program opens up, click on “Create a Task”

The following screen will open up…

Give the task a name, like Dove Plus Sentinel for example…


Now click on the “Triggers” tab and when the next screen opens up, click on “New…” button.

The following screen will then open up…

Click on the “Daily” radio button and check the “Repeat task every:” box…

No change the setting on the “Repeat task every:” field to “Every 5 minutes” or any other period of time you want.

Also click on the “Stop task if it runs longer than:” and change the setting to”30 minutes”

Now click “OK” and you are done with the “Triggers” portion of the task.

Now click on the “Actions” tab and on the “New…” button.

This next screen will open up and if you do not know the exact location of the program you want to run, click on the “Browse…” button.

If it is a flowerSoft program you want to run, navigate to the FSROOT folder and locate the program you want to run.

For example, to run the Dove Plus Sentinel program locate a file called dpdovesentinel.bat.

then click on the “Open” button. Now the “New Action” screen will look something like this…

Click on “OK”

Now you will be back on the “Create Task” screen and it will look similar to this…

Click on the “OK” button and you are done.

Click on the “OK” button and your task is ready to run.

If you want to test your newly created task, locate your new task in the “Task Scheduler Library” and select “Run”

If the task completes successfully, you will see the message “The operation completed successfully (0x0)”

If you do not see the message, you might have to click on “Refresh”.

If you see a number other than 0x0, the operation was not successful.

Let me know if you have any questions.


Road Trip

Road Trip

Leaving tomorrow for sunny Miami Beach and leaving the 3 feet of snow behind!

I will be available via cell phone but will not have access to a computer and internet till after February 2nd or 3rd.

So do not get into any trouble for the next week or so. 🙂


For “How do I do this…” questions before then, you can reach out to Cris Bandle of Owens Flowers or Lambros B. of Allendale Flowers.  They are both flowerSoft experts that know more about how to get things done than I do.

Will post pictures from Miami Beach soon!

Laughter, the Best Medicine

Laughter, the Best Medicine


Young people have their texting codes but now, thanks to AARP, seniors can have their own.

Check them out. 

ATD – At the Doctor’s

 BFF – Best Friends Funeral

 BTW – Bring the Wheelchair

 BYOT – Bring Your Own Teeth

 CBM – Covered by Medicare

 DWI – Driving While Incontinent

 FWIW – Forgot Where I Was

 * GGPBL – Gotta Go, Pacemaker Battery Low

 GHA – Got Heartburn Again

 HGBM – Had Good Bowel Movement

 * LMDO – Laughing My Dentures Out

 LOL – Living on Lipitor

 OMSG – Oh My! Sorry, Gas

 TOT – Texting on Toilet

 WAITT – Who Am I Talking To?

 Hope these help you make sense of some of the texts you get.
 (Gotta Go, Laxative Kicking in!)

Tip #278 – How to Handle Pre-Payments of Recurring Orders

Tip #278
How to Handle Pre-Payments of Recurring Orders

This does not happen very often, but when it does I always get a call on how to handle it.
So, should you ever be so lucky as to run into this situation; here is what I recommend you do.

  1. First create an order for the entire amount. For example, if the order is for a weekly $50 arrangement, create an order for 52 $50 arrangements.
    For simplicity’s sake, say the total of the order is $3,000.00. You can now send this invoice to the customer for payment or, if using a credit card, charge the total of $3,000.00 against it.
  2. Now, you will need to create one order for $50 that you will use as a template to generate the other 51 recurring orders.
    This order will be entered as any normal order would except for the method of payment. The method of payment of this order should be PREPAID.
  3. Use this order to create the other 51 orders for the year.
    Now you will have all 52 orders in the system, all marked PREPAID and the customer’s account will be charged the correct amount for all the recurring orders.
    When the orders are due for delivery, you will get the normal warnings flowerSoft gives you with recurring orders.

That is all there is to it.
If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.