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Information on the Different Modules of flowerSoft

Coming Soon…


Coming soon…

Good news for those of you who like to “click” on things.
fowerSoft’s 2020 version will give you the best of both worlds.

A “pretty” graphical interface for user menus and still keep the speed and simplicity of a “text-based” version where the real work gets done.

Here is a preview…

If you don’t really want to use a mouse and keep using the text-based 2020 version of flowerSoft, there is a way doing that by just clicking once on the American flag at the upper right-hand corner of the screen.

2020-19

Click there and you’ll get this…

2020-20

You can click on the American flag at any point where the graphical interface screen shows it and another new instance of flowerSoft’s text-based version will open , without the need to log back in again.  That means that you can still have 2. 3 or more instances of flowerSoft open at the same time.

In a way, this is faster than it was on the 2019 version where you had to go to the desktop and click on flowerSoft’s icon to open another instance.

Final touches being  added as we speak.
If you want to try it, let me know.

 

Happy Mother’s Day!


Happy Mother’s Day!

To all you hard-working florists out there.
It has been a difficult time for everyone.

However, I just read something that I thought you all should read.
Did you have a grandmother or grandfather or other relative that was born in the early 1900’s?

Maybe we don’t have it that bad?  Here is perhaps why,,,

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It’s a mess out there now. Hard to discern between what’s a real threat and what is just simple panic and hysteria. For a small amount of perspective at this moment, imagine you were born in 1900. 

On your 14th birthday, World War I starts, and ends on your 18th birthday. 22 million people perish in that war. Later in the year, a Spanish Flu epidemic hits the planet and runs until your 20th birthday. 50 million people die from it in those two years. Yes, 50 million.

On your 29th birthday, the Great Depression begins. Unemployment hits 25%, the World GDP drops 27%. That runs until you are 33. The country nearly collapses along with the world economy.

When you turn 39, World War II starts. You aren’t even over the hill yet. And don’t try to catch your breath. On your 41st birthday, the United States is fully pulled into WWII. Between your 39th and 45th birthday, 75 million people perish in the war.

Smallpox was epidemic until you were in your 40’s, as it killed 300 million people during your lifetime.

At 50, the Korean War starts. 5 million perish. From your birth, until you are 55 you dealt with the fear of Polio epidemics each summer. You experience friends and family contracting polio and being paralyzed and/or die.

At 55 the Vietnam War begins and doesn’t end for 20 years. 4 million people perish in that conflict. During the Cold War, you lived each day with the fear of nuclear annihilation. On your 62nd birthday you have the Cuban Missile Crisis, a tipping point in the Cold War. Life on our planet, as we know it, almost ended. When you turn 75, the Vietnam War finally ends.

Think of everyone on the planet born in 1900. How did they endure all of that? When you were a kid in 1985 and didn’t think your 85-year-old grandparent understood how hard school was. And how mean that kid in your class was. Yet they survived through everything listed above. Perspective is an amazing art. Refined and enlightening as time goes on. Let’s try and keep things in perspective. Your parents and/or grandparents were called to endure all of the above – you are called to stay home and sit on your couch.

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I know it is difficult to see your business struggle, but perhaps in some ways it is a good thing that this has happened during your biggest holidays and not the middle of summer.

I have heard from several flowerSoft customers that for the first time ever, they have run out of flowers during Mother’s Day!

Now, this may be because they didn’t buy or couldn’t get as much product as in previous years; but it could also mean that sons and daughters sent flowers to their Mom’s  because they didn’t have many other options.

Here in New York, most restaurants are closed, and so are many of the big department stores.
Most people are sheltering in place and not going out unless absolutely necessary.
Those businesses are really going through a difficult time.

It is difficult to take Mom out to eat at a nice restaurant or buy her a nice gift at a department store when you probably won’t even be able to see her in person for this Mother’s Day..

In my personal experience, my 2 sons have taken my wife (and me!) for a very nice lunch on Mother’s Day.  I am the one who sends her flowers. 🙂

The lunch had become sort of a tradition, which this year could not be kept on going.

So what did they do, without my prompting them or knowing that the other was doing this, they both sent their mother beautiful flower arrangements from local florists.

This is something they had never done before for Mother’s Day and you know what?
My wife was thrilled to have received those flowers from her sons.
In my opinion much more so than seeing them for a couple of hours at some restaurant.

Flowers may only last for a couple of weeks at best, but the thrill and memory of receiving them lasts forever.
Keep the faith, things hopefully will get better in the near future.

I hope you all had a prosperous Mother’s Day.

Thank you for your support!

Ave Maria by Ben Shapiro


I am not a violin player or fan of its music.  In addition, I am not Jewish I am Cuban.
As most Cubans, I am a also Roman Catholic.  I was even an altar boy back in the old country!

However, probably because my last name is Simon (Simón in Spanish),  I have been mistaken as being Jewish since I first arrived in this country.

In high school, I used to received Hanukkah and Passover cards from my dentist and doctor, never quite understanding why but I did like getting the cards.
I spoke very little English then and was very happy to receive correspondence from anyone.

You see, at that time I was here with just my brother living in my aunt’s apartment at 186th and Amsterdam avenue in Manhattan.
My parents were still in Cuba and would not get here until several years later.

I remember that there was (and probably still is) a Yeshiva University dorm right across the street from us.

That neighborhood, Washington Heights in uptown Manhattan was, at the time, predominantly composed of  Irish, Jewish and Greek families.

Puerto Rican kids lived mostly in Spanish (East) Harlem, which starts around 97th street and 5th avenue and extends north to 143rd street and the Harlem river.

The black kids lived mostly in Harlem, which starts around 110th street (the end of Central Park) and extends north to 155th street. the beginning of Central Park (110th street),  about 30 blocks south of where I used to live (186th street).
We all went to the same high school, George Washington High School.

While in high school, the Irish kids never thought I was Irish (I wonder why?), but the Jewish kids thought I was Jewish because of my last name.
I also think that my wife, a Jewish girl herself, only agreed to marry me because of my last name.

Greek kids thought I was Greek because of the way I looked then and could not figure out why my last name wasn’t Kalogeropoulos or Stefanopoulos or Papachristodoulopoulos or anything ending with poulos.
Good thing because I would have been able to spell my last name then nor could I now.

Having lived in a communist country for a few years, I know what it is to live with no freedom of expression.  You do not know how precious liberty is until you lose it.

You should now that politically, I am a conservative.
There are very few things worse than not being able to speak your mind or told what to think and say.

The reason I have told you a little about myself, is you should understand that I am not posting the video below because I am Jewish or because I am a conservative, like the performer.  He is however, one of the brightest individuals I have ever encountered.
I am posting it because it is beautiful music.

Ave Maria – Performed by a nice Jewish boy.

Ben Shapiro Performs Ave Maria

On a Lighter Note…


Coming soon after Mother’s Day, flowerSoft 2020!

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The same flowerSoft you love but with a pretty facade and lots of new features.
Most notable of which are the “Delivery Time Slots” and the “Non-Cash Adjustments” .

flowerSoft 2020, not just another pretty face.

A little quarantine humor


Social Distancing Report

Half of us are going to come out of this quarantine as amazing cooks. The other half will come out with a drinking problem.

I used to spin that toilet paper like I was on Wheel of Fortune. Now I turn it like I’m cracking a safe.

I need to practice social-distancing from the refrigerator.

Still haven’t decided where to go for Easter/Passover  —– The Living Room or The Bedroom

PSA: every few days try your jeans on just to make sure they fit. Pajamas will have you believe all is well in the kingdom.

Homeschooling is going well. 2 students suspended for fighting and 1 teacher fired for drinking on the job.

I don’t think anyone expected that when we changed the clocks we’d go from Standard Time to the Twilight Zone

This morning I saw a neighbor talking to her cat. It was obvious she thought her cat understood her. I came into my house, told my dog….. we laughed a lot.

So, after this quarantine…..will the producers of My 600 Pound Life just find me or do I find them?

Quarantine Day 5: Went to this restaurant called THE KITCHEN. You have to gather all the ingredients and make your own meal. I have no clue how this place is still in business.

My body has absorbed so much soap and disinfectant lately that when I pee it cleans the toilet.

Day 5 of Homeschooling: One of these little monsters called in a bomb threat.

I’m so excited — it’s time to take out the garbage. What should I wear?

I hope the weather is good tomorrow for my trip to Puerto Backyarda. I’m getting tired of Los Livingroom.

Classified Ad: Single man with toilet paper seeks woman with hand sanitizer for good clean fun.

Day 6 of Homeschooling: My child just said “I hope I don’t have the same teacher next year”…. I’m offended.

Better 6 feet apart than 6 feet under

Check flowerSoft Compatible Printers


Check flowerSoft Compatible Printers

One of the most frequent calls I get for support are from those looking for a new printer.
Most of the time they go to Staples or Office Max or Amazon and get the cheapest one they can get.  95% of the time, the printer does not work with flowerSoft and then they call me to recommend a printer that does work.

If a printer looks like it is a great deal, is usually a “Windows-Only” printer, also called “host-based” or “GDI” printers.  These printers do not work with flowerSoft.

flowerSoft Printer Compatibility

The link above will bring you to a web site that will list the compatibility of a printer with flowerSoft.  If you are looking to buy a new printer, make sure you enter the manufacturer and the model.  It will then tell you if the printer works, how well or if it doesn’t.

Example:

Compatible Printers 1

If you have a specific printer in mind, enter the name of the manufacturer and the printer model, as shown above.

The following should be displayed on your screen…

Compatible Printers 2

Note that it says the printer works perfectly, which means it should work with flowerSoft.  Aldo note that this not me saying that the printer works perfectly, but the Linux foundation.
It is always recommended that you keep all the boxes and paperwork that came with the printer, in case it does not work or came in damaged.

If you want to see a list of printers from one manufacturer do this…

Compatible Printers 3

When you click on “Show All” the following list will display…

Compatible Printers 4

The list will show every printer by the manufacturer.  You will the have to select the model you are looking for on the list.

Note that printers listed are categorized by how they work with Linux.:

  • Perfectly,
  • Mostly,
  • Partially and
  • Paper Weight

Also please note that for a printer to work in flowerSoft, it must also be re-named or shared in your system as “FSPRINTER” unless, for some specific reason you have a different name such as FSPRINTER1 or similar.

I hope this helps those of you looking for a new printer now or in the future.

How the Internet Started (Sort Of)


How the Internet Started (Sort Of)

HOW THE INTERNET STARTED – ACCORDING TO THE BIBLE
Please do not Google or check this with Snopes.  They will lie to you.  Trust me!
In ancient Israel, it came to pass that a trader by the name of Abraham Com did take unto himself a healthy young wife by the name of Dorothy.  And Dot Com was a comely woman, large of breast, broad of shoulder and long of leg.  Indeed, she was often called Amazon Dot Com.
And she said unto Abraham, her husband, “Why dost thou travel so far from town to town with thy goods when thou canst trade without ever leaving thy tent?”
And Abraham did look at her as though she were several saddle bags short of a camel load, but simply said, “How, dear?”
And Dot replied, “I will place drums in all the towns and drums in between to send messages saying what you have for sale, and they will reply telling you who hath the best price. The sale can be made on the drums and delivery made by Uriah’s Pony Stable (UPS).”
Abraham thought long and decided he would let Dot have her way with the drums.  And the drums rang out and were an immediate success.  Abraham sold all the goods he had at the top price, without ever having to move from his tent.
To prevent neighboring countries from overhearing what the drums were saying, Dot devised a system that only she and the drummers knew.  It was known as Must Send Drum Over Sound (MSDOS), and she also developed a language to transmit ideas and pictures – Hebrew to the People (HTTP).
And the young men did take to Dot Com’s trading as doth the greedy horsefly takes to camel dung.  They were called Nomadic Ecclesiastical Rich Dominican Sybarites, or NERDS.  And lo, the land was so feverish with joy at the new riches and the deafening sound of drums that no one noticed that the real riches were going to that enterprising drum dealer, Brother William of Gates, who bought off every drum maker in the land.  Indeed he did insist on drums to be made that would work only with Brother Gates’ drum heads and drumsticks.
And Dot did say, “Oh, Abraham, what we have started is being taken over by others.” And Abraham looked out over the Bay of Ezekiel, or eBay as it came to be known.  He said, “We need a name that reflects what we are.”
And Dot replied, “Young Ambitious Hebrew Owner Operators.”  “YAHOO,” said Abraham. And because it was Dot’s idea, they named it YAHOO Dot Com.
Abraham’s cousin, Joshua, being the young Gregarious Energetic Educated Kid (GEEK) that he was, soon started using Dot’s drums to locate things around the countryside.
It soon became known as God’s Own Official Guide to Locating Everything (GOOGLE).
That is how it all began. And that’s the truth.
I would not make up this stuff.

Another Happy Valentine’s Day!


Another Happy Valentine’s Day!

I hope you all had a happy and prosperous Valentine’s Day and week!

For most of you and me, it was an uneventful week.  Even for a brand new flower shop in Brooklyn, NY that purchased flowerSoft a week before Valentine’s Day!
That is a new record.  The previous record was held by Gramercy Park Flowers in New York City when over 30 years ago they purchased flowerSoft 2 weeks before Valentine’s Day.
The name of the new shop is Blossoms Flower Shop and their phone # is 929-250-2163.
So if you have any orders going to Brooklyn, NY, give them a try.
They do not belong to any wire services yet but I think they will be joining FSN shortly.

We did have a couple of shops the did have problems but they were all equipment related and we were able to help them without any major interruptions.

35 years without any flowerSoft-related interruptions and counting!

Out thanks to all out loyal customers.

Now start getting ready for Mother’s Day!