I Made a WORKING PAINT PROGRAM in Minecraft!


Way back in the early days of my youtube channel I designed this thing right here I called it the programmable redstone display, and I have to say considering this thing’s about four or five years old It’s still pretty impressive down at the bottom We’ve got ourselves a handful of buttons if we hit one of these buttons you can see that the image on the screen Changes and we get one of the pre-programmed images now There are a handful of problems number one is the fact that these pixels are absolutely massive We’ve got 3×3 pixels, which let’s be honest. That’s just that’s huge and at the time I didn’t think they could get much smaller, but also the pre-programmed images are all we can show on the screen There’s not too much room for customization. You kind of get what you’re given That’s all about to change today after a lot, and I mean a lot of very hard work I have managed to build something that I previously thought was completely impossible I’d have to say I’m extremely excited to show you this so here it is I like to call it the pixel painter machine And that’s because each one of those buttons you see on the floor there corresponds to each one of those redstone lamps so if you press one of those buttons It will light up the specific redstone lamp that relates from that button if you press that button again Then it will turn off that redstone lamp meaning that you essentially can draw pictures in redstone lamps in Minecraft So let me give you a quick example And the industry standard for showing off drawing machines is to make use of the smiley face So I’m going to do a little bit like this. I’m gonna give him big 3×3 eyes and then I will switch on these ones as well so that’ll be that 3×3 area over there and Then I’m going to give him a big cheesy grin so I would say Something a little bit like this, so I’m gradually making my way down that should do all of those redstone labs, and I actually can’t remember how high up I went on the side I Can’t remember all right. Let’s see if we press all of these I’m assuming that’s good Let’s see have I gone a little bit too high on the redstone lamps on the left-hand side Yes, yes I have alright so we have gone one two three four so if we just press those two buttons Then eventually those redstone lamps will be switched off and you know what I’m actually not liking the big square eyes So I’m thinking we get rid of the outside. Yeah, the out size don’t know particularly good Let’s go one two three and let’s go one two three on this side as well And that should get rid of those, and we should end up with a fairly cool looking smiley face Now it does take a little bit of time because as you can see this thing is pretty massive But you know what I’d say the performance is relatively impressive considering its size all right, so that’s the smiley face done What if I want to change it up do a completely new drawing do I have to go back through? Pressing all of the buttons to delete all the things that I don’t want because that won’t be particularly efficient Thankfully I’ve already thought of this And I’ve added in a reset button all you have to do is hit this button right here, and we’ll see eventually That this thing will kick into action And we’ll get a nice wipe going from this corner here all the way up to the top And it should give us a completely clean slate to work with so now we can create some new images for example this one writing and also a smiley face or for example this one my best attempt at are creating your favorite kitchen utensil a Spoon and of course it is still tricky We’ve only got a 10 by 10 pixel area to work with it’s not exactly 4k or this one now I can’t quite make out what that one says Sub me? Subscribe to me maybe subscribe to my youtube channel I don’t know I mean this one wasn’t done by me I mean off as if as if I would be guilty of that sort of shameless self-promotion I mean, let’s just be totally honest That would be completely out of character anyway Subscribing to my youtube channel liking this video leaving a comment down the comment section and follow me on Twitter aside I really quite like this thing and now I’m going to try my best to explain to you how on earth it all functions I’m a tiny bit nervous for this one because I’m never particularly good at explaining my redstone contraptions and this one is Considerably more complicated than most and if you don’t want to listen to me ramble on about how the redstone works But you just want to play with it yourself There’s a world download in the description knock yourself out now it all started with this game mechanic right here When we turn on a redstone lamp it turns on instantly, but when we turn it off a tiny bit of delay It’s really tricky to see but you can see that We actually have one tick of delay between me flicking off the lever and the redstone lamp turning off, which means That I can do things like that Can you see I’ve managed to turn off and on that lever without it actually being visible in the redstone lamp and that got me thinking I Wonder if I can create super fast redstone clocks that will keep a redstone lamp on Which of course I could now this design is very loud But it’s also very handy to have because it’s only two blocks high And it’s only one block wide and most importantly it can be stacked next to one another and it can be toggled as well which Is very important for this design, so here we have for all of the redstone clocks lined up Here is the output and the output of that runs into really [a] big long observer strings Which are essentially transmitting the signals from that Redstone clock all the way around here into this area along like this And then they travel down like this up like this along here, and then into our display. Why the long trip? Well, it’s because we had to essentially flip the redstone signal time for another example now We’ve got ourselves a scale model of the display now the thing that made it tricky is that I wanted this lever here to correspond to that pixel and this lever here to Correspond to that pixel now if we take her over to the slightly larger one the reason that I wanted this is Because if this button corresponding to that pixel and this button corresponding to that top pixel if we drawn out our smiley face here it Would have come out upside-down on the screen, and that’s no good, but despite it being no good It would have been really easy to build because if you want to connect up this front lever here up to this bottom pixel all We have to do is do that and then to connect off the back one to the top pixel We just have to do something like this. No crossovers there Bob’s your uncle you’ve got yourself a working display However if we want to do it the correct way Then we run into a bit of a challenge because we have to run the redstone signal out like this and into this top one And then we have to run this back lever out like this We have to do some form of crossover in the center and connect that one into that one It’s a massive headache But I managed to solve it and that is using this observer setup right here Now what this will do is will flip over all of the redstone signal so for example if we hit this button In this corner that will send an input through into this observer And you can see the observer is the one that’s being powered for than the output after this processing is happened will be over on this side so the actual redstone output is flipped because Whereas it started on the right-hand side it is now on the left-hand side obviously, We’ve gone round a corner here, so now we have the output on the left Which means that we flipped over our redstone signals and now it’s the correct way up, and we aren’t mirroring the image Brilliant off so that’s what happened. It’s just a simple case of transporting that observer signal through all of these observers and Making its way over onto the screen then six or seven hours of debugging and trying to work out what on earth has gone wrong Later you’ve got yourself a pixel painting display that actually functions Oh, but before I forget. There’s one other feature of this thing that I personally really quite liked in fact It’s probably one of my personal favorites, and that is the clearing feature and to be honest with you it’s Super super simple all it does is it retract all of these redstone blocks so all of these pistons Extend and retract so any blocks that are sticking out will be retracted and then it spits out all of the redstone blocks which will Power all of our redstone clocks mean that we aren’t going to get any redstone lamps lit up on the screen Really really simple but looks cool, so we go I think that just about covers everything if you’re still a little bit confused and of course I’ll try my best to answer down in the comment section and of course there will be a world download down the description if you Do want to see all of the Redstone for yourself, and if you want to draw your own things; Please do submit your drawings to me on Twitter because I’d love to see all of the creations that you come up with but anyway I hope you enjoyed this video. If you did Be sure to hit that like button And if you really loved it, then make sure to subscribe. Thanks for watching guys, This has been Mumbo And I’m out I’ll cya later

What’s the Deal with DADO Blades? | MORE MINUTES


the swimming pool in the back of my truck hey I think this leak I could work outside it’s been raining pretty much the entire month of January but you know of course we need the rain here in California I think I have a window of opportunity now you know this would be a lot easier if my compressor was working and I could use a nail gun you know what I think I’ll go get one tomorrow morning okay this has been sitting here for three days now right where I left it so I did like zero research on these and I just went to my local hardware store and picked up the only one they had it looks a lot like my old compressor why this one doesn’t have wheels on it so I think it might be a little smaller so as you can see this is a craftsman three gallon air compressor a hundred and thirty five psi oh there’s the handle ooh shiny in bed silica gel do not eat lubricating oil so this is the oil filter here kind of looks like one that would go in your car and here’s where the oil goes the first thing I notice about this is it really doesn’t come with any accessories all you get is the hose and one of these things to fill up the tires on your car and I guess you could just screw that on to the end of the hose which is a little bit weird if you want to attach any tools to it you have to get a separate connector that doesn’t come with it that’s a lot these are some of the attachments from my old compressor and I have an extra one of these that should fit on there all right I think I’m ready to fire it up I’ll test it out with that little air blower okay that’s what I was waiting for so it stopped at a hundred and thirty psi and then you can adjust the pressure with this red knob here so here you can see the two different dials this one is labeled tool this one is tank they both have the exact same reading so I’m not exactly sure how I would use those or what that’s supposed to tell me maybe one of you can help me out with that nothing I don’t like about it is the way it moves around maybe it won’t move around so much when I set it on the floor it’s also a lot lighter than my old compressor I think it’s gonna work out for you know for what I use it for I don’t use it every single day I’ll keep you posted on this if I run into any problems with it something doesn’t work right I’ll let you know by far the most common question and comment I got on this week’s video had to do with my comment during the video about not being able to use dado blades in Europe I’m not sure what all the laws are in Europe regarding dado blades but I do know that they’re very difficult to obtain and use some people have told me that they’re illegal to use in those places in Europe other people have told me well that’s not exactly true I think the way it is is that Europe discourages the use of data blades and so you can’t buy a table saw with a long Arbor to hold a stack of data blades they only come with short arbors to screw on a single blade and I’m sure professional shops must get some sort of permission to use dado blade I don’t know the hardest part for me to understand is really why because in my estimation dado blades are actually a little bit safer to use than a single blade because a single blade is always going to be cutting all the way through a board it’s going to be raised up higher more possibility to cut your finger whereas dado blades usually cut very shallow grooves and don’t come up above the wood so there’s little chance of kickback and there’s little chance that you’re going to cut your finger I’m no expert on this if somebody is and wants to leave a comment down below and help us out that’d be great if you don’t have data blades the alternative is to use a router table you would just use a straight router bit like this and just make several passes whatever width you need for me setting it up and cutting grooves that way takes longer than using the dado stack and of course you can use your regular table saw blade to make grooves too just by moving this fence over after each pass it’s a little more time-consuming but it’s certainly doable how much weight will those drawer slides hold those particular ones are rated at a hundred pounds my guess is they could actually hold more than that but that’s what they recommend another thing is drawer slides come with a maximum width of the drawer that they’re rated for in this case the drawer was rated at 24 inches or smaller my drawer is actually 25 inches so living on the edge been had a good suggestion to put some sort of a divider in the center of the drawer which would prevent you from putting cleaning supplies and bottles there which would get hit by the drain trap as you slide the drawer in how old is princess be out meow she’s almost 12 years old Hugo wants to know if I’ve ever shaved with a harry’s razor on a Casper mattress while listening to an audible book so of course all the time but usually I include my gripper from micro jig

✔ Minecraft: How to make a Working Hot Tub (Improved Version)


How to make a How to make a
Hot Tub (improved version) Here’s the finished tub! It can be turned on and off and fits in any kind of floor. In this video I will show you how to make a pretty advanced hot tub. This is all you’re going to need 🙂 First, we start digging! If you want a simpler hot tub, I have a couple of other videos on my channel. Here’s what the shape of the hole should look like. Now we need to dig some more. It’s actually pretty complicated hole! I’ll skip some of the awfully entertaining digging. Now we need to build the underground structure for the redstone. I’ll give you an overview in a minute! Now for the redstone wiring! This is where you’re going to be controlling the tub from. This part should make the output alternate between on and off. You could avoid using this by using a lever. Buttons are cooler though! I’m now connecting it to two of the dispensers. This part with the piston should send a pulse whenever the signal changes. Connecting the last dispenser.. Where does this torch goes?? Ahh, I remember! I figured this design out myself, so it might have some flaws.. 😛 I found a mistake! That sounds right. Let’s put stuff in the dispensers! If it doesn’t work, try shifting the water dispenser part. There we go! Kebab! The drama! I designed it so that you won’t need to put slabs around the tub. This means you can use pretty much any block you want! I’m just going to cover it up with dirt for now.. I’m just going to cover it up with dirt for now.. Now for the actual tub. So awesome! Thanks for watching! :] Thank you to Bro3256Films for supporting this video! Thank you to Bro3256Films for supporting this video!
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Gaither Vocal Band – Working On A Building (Live)


I’m working on a building. Yes, it’s a true foundation. Child, I’m holding up
the blood, blood, bloodstained banner
for my Lord. Got up in the heaven. No, I never get tired. – Tired.
– Tired. Get tired of working
on a building. Lord, I’m working
on a building. Gonna run on
to heaven. – Oh, Lord.
– Get my reward. Well, well, well, sometimes I’m preaching. Don’t you know I’m working
on a building? Mm, just holding up
the blood, the blood, the blood, blood banner
for my Lord. Well, child,
I’ll never get tired. – Tired.
– Tired. Get tired of working
on a building. Lord, I’m working
on a building. I’m gonna run on
to heaven. – Oh, Lord.
– Get my reward. My reward. Mm, sometimes I’m crying. But I’m working
on a building. I’m just holding up
the bloodstained banner for my Lord. Mm, I never get tired. – Tired.
– Tired. Tired of working
on a building. Lord, I’m working
on a building. I’m gonna run on
to heaven. – Oh, Lord.
– Get my reward. I’m working
on a building. It’s a true foundation. I’m holding up
the bloodstained, the bloodstained banner
for my Lord. Well, I never get tired of working on a building. Yes, I’m working
on a building. I’m going up to heaven. Going up to heaven
to get my reward. Whoo! I’m working
on a building. It’s a true
foundation, yeah. I’m holding up
the bloodstained banner for my Lord. I’ll never get tired, tired of working
on a building. For my Lord. Going up to heaven. Going up to heaven
to get my reward. Sometimes I’m praying. But I’m working
on a building. I’m holding up
the bloodstained banner for my Lord. I never get tired. No, I’ll never
get tired. Get tired of working. Oh, my Lord. I’m going up to heaven. Going up to heaven
to get my reward. I’m working
on a building, yeah. It’s a true foundation. I’m holding up
the bloodstained banner for my Lord. Oh, I’ll never get tired. – Tired.
– Tired. I’m working
on a building. For my Lord. I’m going up to heaven. Going up to heaven
to get my reward. Ooh. Yeah, I’m working
on a building, yeah. It’s a true foundation. I’m holding up
the bloodstained banner for my Lord. Oh, I’ll never get tired. – Tired.
– Tired. I’m working
on a building. For my Lord. I’m going up to heaven. Going up to heaven
to get my reward. Here we go. Ooh, ooh.

Window cleaning the world’s tallest building – Supersized Earth – Episode 1 – BBC One


Today I’m going to join the team whose job it is to clean the outside of the world’s highest windows Oh those like me come up with this one Okay, then look Stay back slingback, okay, you know don’t do no way In the bucket yeah You get nervous at all ya get a little bit scared yeah, I haven’t looked down yet. Now I’d look down It’s almost Inconceivable how high these windows are I’m 60 meters above the next platform below, which is in itself 600 metres above the ground higher than the previous world’s tallest building At this height if I dropped anything it could do serious damage Building hive is a load of factors. You’ve got to take into consideration one of them obviously is gravity which I’m feeling right now But the thing about gravity is it very predictable if the force is going one way the thing you’ve really got to worry about Is wind because both very nature? It’s it’s unpredictable. It swirls around and it can affect the building as well as window cleaners Surprisingly very tall buildings aren’t in danger of being blown over, but have being sucked over As Wind hits them it can form small whirl winds called vortices This swirling air can create low-pressure areas that tug at the building and if enough of them combine up the tools straight sides They could make the tower rock from side to side So why doesn’t this happen to the Burj Khalifa well, it’s taken some careful aerodynamic design By stepping the building in as it rises and introducing angles and curves the Burj Kalifa breaks up the desert wind preventing the vortices from combining dangerously The designers call it confusing the wind and they reckon it’s the only way to build this high Curse strikes me being out here that even though we’re in such a a Technically advanced building that in order to keep it nice and clean you Still can’t beat a man with a squeegee and a bucket It takes three months to clean all 24,000 windows and when they finished the team has to start all over again You’re gonna build a building, that’s truly iconic. I’m gonna make it look nice and keep it looking nice. Yeah You going family While that was intense, I don’t know how those guys do everyday I Was intense but good

Walter Isaacson on Steve Jobs’ Favorite Product: The Apple Team


You know Steve Jobs was one of those romantic
innovators who comes up with great ideas, has real passion, real vision and that prickly
personality, that very pushy reality distorting personality that can get something done. However,
in writing about Steve Jobs I realized something interesting. It wasn’t just his one vision.
It was his ability to create a team around him, his ability to work in partnership with
Steve Wozniak. You go down the list with dozens of people all the way to Tim Cook. And not
only to work in partnership but to create a collaborative team around him of great designers
like Jony Ive and software people like Phil Schiller and Johnny Rubinstein. And I once
asked Steve Jobs, you know, what product are you the proudest of. And I thought he might
say the iPod or the iPhone or the iPad, whatever, the Mac. And he said, you know, making a product
is hard but making a team that can continually make products is even harder. The product I’m most proud of is Apple and
the team I built at Apple. And that’s when I moved to this new book, The Innovators,
because I wanted to say it’s not just about the visionary, it’s about the visionary
being able to execute on the vision by finding the right people to be collaborative and creative
with. So with Steve Jobs even though we think of him as being a tough boss or we think of
him as having sort of a prickly personality, there were people who were so loyal to Steve
they would walk through walls for him. He developed around him the tightest, most loyal,
most integrated team in Silicon Valley. You know, Steve Jobs was very intuitive in
the way he made decisions. He wasn’t somebody who deeply reflected or spent a whole lot
of time hashing it through. But he would work with everybody from the hardware designers
like Jony Ive to the software people and just sort of say no, that doesn’t feel right.
Sometimes he used a little bit stronger language than that. Or it’s genius, it’s perfect,
it’s awesome, it’s incredible. But, you know, don’t try this at home. People come
up to me sometimes and say I’m like Steve Jobs – when somebody does something that stinks
I tell them it stinks. Yeah and have you invented the iPod? Have you invented an iPhone? No,
Steve Jobs didn’t just have a tough personality. He also had a charismatic visionary personality
and he brought people in. And he really could inspire people because
even though sometimes he couldn’t articulate exactly what he wanted he could sure point
the way to getting it there. He also believed in physical space as necessary for collaboration.
We think maybe we can collaborate in the digital age by doing it virtually from afar but when
he built the Pixar building and when he designed what will be the new headquarters for Apple
it was all about making sure people had serendipitous encounters. That they came through the atrium. That they walked through the perimeter where
the light was in the new Apple headquarters. Where they would just bump into people and
say what are you working on. And then naturally collaborate. But he felt that, you know, just
by walking through Jony Ives design studio and touching a few things and talking to people
he could collaborate by being in a physical space better than he could do it by Skype
or email or, you know, Google hangouts. So Steve’s team building skills really sort
of came from the force of his personality and being with him.

Western Allied Mechanical Talks About Using Spectrum by Viewpoint


I’m Angie Simon. I have been at Western Allied now almost 30 years. This is my 30th year. And I am the President of Western Allied, been since 2008. Western Allied is a 56 year old company. We started in southern California in LA, three founding partners put it together. We are a design build mechanical contractor. The company has grown quite a since the millennium. In 2003 we separated from the southern California Western Allied and formed our own independent company, Western Allied Mechanical. And last year we did $81 million worth of business. We are a union contractor, so our manpower in the field goes up and down based on our workload. But at our peak we’ve had about 250 people. And the Bay Area is a wonderful place to work. It’s definitely the heart of the Silicon Valley and technology keeps us moving here in the Bay Area. The culture in the company is very distinct. We have people that have been here, I mean I have been here 30 years, but I have project managers who’ve been here 22 years. I have a superintendent that’s been here almost 30 years. We have a lot of company functions and I think it keeps the culture and the people very happy. We have different trades. We have union pipe fitters and union sheet metal workers here and we try not to be us against them. We’re all under one flag, so it’s a great culture here, great company to work for. You have clients that are very dynamic. Their needs change in what is going on from the time that they have started the project to the time that we’re delivering it because they’re dynamic companies. You have startup, you have bio-pharm, you have tech and a process of design build can take six months and in that six months, those needs change. What I like about my job is that there’s something different every minute. I work for a team, so there’s constantly five, six people coming up to me asking for different things in a day. It’s getting information, passing information between the office and the field or subcontractors, making sure everybody’s all on the same page. Financially tracking the jobs, making sure that we’re going to be successful on it financially. Back in 2005 when Western Allied was looking for an alternative accounting financial management package, we were using a homegrown program that somebody had written in southern California and sold it to a number of contractor. So at that time, a search was instigated and Spectrum won out. One of the reasons we picked it in the first place was besides the accounting side that we felt was robust, we felt that they had the desire and intention to get a project management module so that eventually we would be as project managers will do everything within the program. That was the ultimate goal. That was the ultimate goal. We’ve recently started doing our work in progress reviews in Spectrum. It’s made it a lot faster. How I use Spectrum here in the shop is we’re starting to do some productivity tracking. How many pounds per hour or square feet per hour? How many pieces per hour? I can go onto Spectrum, get the full inventory of what was charged to each job. I can also go on and check the hours, how many hours were spent for each task. Using the job compliance feature has really helped in keeping us on track with knowing when all our documents are done and completed. It makes it very easy to see with the dashboard that you’re out of compliance and you can just click on that module or on that dashboard and get directly to the page that you need on where you’re out of compliance. The reason we like to do payroll in-house was because of Spectrum. Being able to track all the different codes and all the different time that the guys are spending in the field on this different tasks and codes and that way we can then estimate our jobs better and get more jobs and make more money. Spectrum allows us to take it from time entry to completion, being able to pay taxes and everything else and all of that data that we need is right there for us. Document imaging is probably the cornerstone of what we do in project management. We try to give our client an exceeded expectation, and to do that we have found that we need to have instantaneous document management, that we need to have that access. Last year when I saw Service Tech at the User Conference, I was really excited because it looked to be just what we needed. We wanted something that we could push out to our field, that where we could push out work orders and service calls and for preventative maintenance service calls to our field guys, to be able to get the time back in. This will take the billing process from a CFO. That’s always important and it just looked outstanding. The dashboards have been very helpful in my work alone to be able to just click on a dashboard and have it bring you to the place you need. Our PMs are just starting to use the dashboards and we’ve created a template that loads several dashboards onto their home screen, as well as putting folders in the right hand corner so that they can access all of the documents and information they need very quickly. One of the great things is that you can go home and be able to log right into Spectrum without having to remote in to your desktop or anything. You can pull it up anywhere. So somebody calls you with a quick question, you’re like, “Hey, I don’t know,” you’re able to go collect your iPad, go right in and find what you need. I have a tablet that I use to, I can connect in the field and log in to check things if I need to. I mean before we’d have to VPN in and then connect. One of the things that I always talk about that impresses to no end is your technical support. Invariably, I don’t think I’ve ever not called and had a live human being on the other end, knowledgeable human being that could answer my questions. And if they didn’t know the answer, they set me up with somebody that did and I had an answer quickly. It’s just a outstanding product.

Christenson Electric talks about using Spectrum


Mark Walter, president of Christenson Electric. When I came back in 2003, there was a redirect to a more core customer, core competency base as opposed to just being the standard, typical electrical contractor. We talk about exceeding customers’ expectations a lot. We peak a little over 400 to 430 employees during our heaviest summer months, typically during the heaviest construction season. From a revenue standpoint, we’re just shy of $100 million a year. Christenson’s really known for customer service and our service work and our red vans. I mean, everyone around town, if they see that you work for Christenson, they’ll say, “Oh, you’re the one with the red vans.” It’s crazy what a red van with one word on it, what it symbolizes. The first word that comes to mind is tradition. We have our fingers into everything across the trade, whether it be high voltage, low voltage, access control, fire alarm, voice, and data. Obviously, electrical work, service work, construction work, design-build, account work. The list goes on. There’s nothing in here that we can’t do. I’m getting ready to start a ground-up storage facility that’s six stories tall, and we’re carrying everything, turnkey. Christenson’s a can-do company. No job’s too small, and we’re all willing to chip in and help everyone together. We’re really wanting to build long-term relationships. We’re looking for customers that we can be a part of and help them grow over the years. Through our corporate partnership with the Portland Trail Blazers, that’s allowed us to develop additional community partners. And one of those partners has been the Portland chapter of the Special Olympics. This is just another one of the ways that we strive to have an impact in our community. We try to maintain that family-oriented type of atmosphere where people come to work and are here … Hopefully they’re having fun. We really pride ourselves on being the most customer-oriented contractor in town. We always feel that the people closest to the work are the ones that make us successful. And so we try to eliminate any barriers between our field electricians and the customers themselves. Our role is really just to make sure that they have the right tools and equipment to do that job for the customer. A company like Christenson that has multiple employees, multiple divisions, we’re drowning in data. So what we’re trying to do is concise that data and deliver it to our users in a concise manner that allows them to make real-time business decisions. Spectrum is essentially our main data warehouse. It’s where we store a lot of job cost records, payroll records, receivables, payables, and equipment records. And we’re trying to disseminate that information out to our stakeholders. Recently, we’ve implemented the equipment module to better track where our fleet is. We have a very large fleet, and it’s helping us derive of what the true cost is to operate, say, an E-350 van versus a new Transit van and help identify when we should be retiring assets, what it really costs us to run that vehicle. When my guys make purchases through the RPL system, I’ll go through Spectrum maybe once, twice a week just to prove our invoices. And by doing that, it allows us to be able to manage those projects so that the guys in the field don’t have to manage that. Like I said, they’re electricians. They need to worry about electrical work. I start my mornings off on the dashboard just looking at overall where’s our balances, where’s our large subcontractor payments and just trying to get a good overall view of how the day is going to look for job costing and accounting. And then we’re developing individual screens and dashboards for the project managers so that they can do that same thing for their jobs. I will use it to run a billing status report where I’m extracting the data from Spectrum, putting it into an Excel spreadsheet, and then distributing it, letting everybody know, “Here’s your jobs. Here’s your costs. We need to bill this,” whatever. So we created our own dashboard app. It was called My AR Aging Tools. And this gave the ability for the project manager to log in and see his customers’ aging totals versus having to drill down and pull a report from that. So they would see if the customer was 1 to 30 days off, 30 to 60 days off, or 60 to 90 days off. One of the biggest reasons that we went with Spectrum is their time and material billing process A lot of our jobs are just a quote to a customer for $1,000. We put it in the system, cost hit the job, and then we bill it. So the AR literally takes seconds to bill a single invoice. Our focus is really trying to get the information into the hands of the people that can use it quickly. So we’re looking to use Spectrum to put everything in the hands of our technician so that he can bill on the job before he leaves the site. Well, Spectrum helps us by being mobile. We have job sites all across the Northwest, including all across the United States where we might pick up a job site. So it allows our division managers and our project managers on a site to be able to instantly pick up some data they need. Being able to access Spectrum anywhere on anything at any time is really great. I’ll leave my electrician on the line and say, “Give me a minute,” go through Spectrum, log in, pull it up, and I can give him his information on his project within minutes. What I like about the low IT strain, we’re able to maintain with one IT guy, multiple users, multiple sites. It’s a stable, steady product. For me, it’s very easy. I’ve had our guys set it up to where I can just single-click and pull up what I need to look at. 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WRSR – How the Vehicle Manufacturing Works



hello comrades its premier River and I am back at the river stand Motor Speedway it's not a voter Speedway it's a motor producing speed test way how's that sound in any event I have set up a little bit of an experiment here you know I've been playing the game quite a bit have a lot of hours into it and I've never done the automotive so I had set up in my regular series a bit of a test or you know set up a manufacturing and got different comments one was that I didn't that you have to put materials in in specific places so I'm not sure if that's true or not but this is our motor vehicle production and I just sort of stuck things wherever I thought they'd fit with no intention because another comment I got was well you don't have to worry about where you stick things in they'll just go in so we're gonna find that out first I think what I've done let me go through the whole setup here here we first before we go through the whole setup let's go over you have to purchase cars now I'm on easy mode like super unlimited money sandbox mode I think that'll be good enough this isn't about making money this is just about learning how the car manufacturing goes so apparently we can you know we can manufacture any of these vehicles personal car though let's pick a cool-looking one how about this one 38,000 all right so I assume that means we can then start producing that right there we go in vehicle in production how can we do more than one let's pick a red f1 25 right let's just say can we now it sounds like we can only do one at a time which is fine let's do the black one first then one more question answered right so you can gather that you know I don't know all the answers I you know obviously very familiar with how things generally work so I can make a lot of good assumptions but you know where assumptions tend to get you so here's the setup we have this town and I have two trains going back and forth and I should have it there's 400 workers maximum oh we need engineers hmm well the good news is you know we can we can't really get rid of people – well we should have a few engineers anyway let's see how that goes i didn't even I'm assuming they need to be the educated folks and we should have educated folks throughout the thing here now I do have yeah you know what there's nobody in here you know let's get let's get one house that's they're all set to go there but let's get one of these houses where we let's clear this house out and we'll get one house with just all nothing but educated kind of people in there not this one this one all right just to make sure we have enough of that we should have enough we got eight eight houses total which would be 1600 which even if we have three shifts at 400 that should be enough all right so those guys will leave eventually because they won't get too happy these guys should have everything they need here all but this house I left not specified so that they can go work here all of the buildings should be purchasing what they need so people should stay happy and I also over here just to kind of simulate bringing things in and out just to kind of get some idea of you know is this number of trucks you know how many trucks do you need coming in and out of here to keep up probably more than this but I'm okay with that – right this is not some maximum efficiency test you can obviously make some you know judgment calls now I also did this because I want to see if if they'll flow through here right like if we fill this one up with cars will it come up to this one in this one that makes sense now we can also just go right in there and get cars and then I have this whole other town where I've set it up where they have a few parking lots the different sized parking lots right these people have no way of getting there unless they get cars and then if we look at at least this slot anyway so they can make it over there can they make it over there from like the little lot they might not be able to about this one yes so see I'm curious to see if these people start just going over there right it eventually will get them some cars now another thing is I'm curious to see if we can use the road depot to get cars to here I'm out you know this is the regular car overflow lot or do we just drive the cars and put them in the car dealership right and again it's I like to use these because if you have multiple trucks you don't fill up your waiting spaces so we'll see we'll see so let's start playing time and see what happens well at least get the thing running right now we don't have any people now another thing I want to point out was that it's a little bit deceiving when you go to buy the train sets right so I was wrong earlier believe it or not I know it's hard to believe for the people that follow my series that I might have been wrong but when you buy the train set let's go over to the depot and come over here to purchase right and we'll come to trainset look how it says like it points at this right this is ones we bought it says 105 however when I actually bought the train said and there was two of them there right like so I bought two of them and then stuck them back to back in here like this there we go see like it doesn't look like you can do that but then you can go and like stick them together and they act like one train if you didn't know that but it's actually you know this guy will hold just as many so this is definitely cheaper so I'm sorry about that if I misled anyone this each one of these cars holds 105 which i think is a little deceiving the way they did it but in any event we have a train set there are we getting a few people in here no why are we not getting any workers definitely get in and out load and unload we don't need students right we have people on the platform number of workers waiting let's specify that they should go 200 okay sup sup sup yeah there's always something when you put this together why don't we attach this with an actual fancy Road some of that by the way I crashed a lot of times a lot of times trying to do this especially when I was putting down these tracks so and I know I'd already built this at one point so is it because because they have no place to go specify where citizens think is best well this would be we do that right so we can't even get the basics right well we've got a lot of people over there waiting don't take any students there we go so that was it you need to actually be good it's good that they're smart enough to know that they couldn't get out the other end right now how are we doing on supplies here now we have a supply issue where you go it you have eight tons of that okay well we should have the stuff you know at least marginally attached here right though I don't see it in there which is kind of a thing with this game in these these warehouses so there we go look oh man look at all those people that's a lot of people alright we've got a lot of engineers current production yet we are making a car so let's make sure yeah I don't think we're gonna keep up with our we're operating with that issue but I don't think we're gonna keep up necessarily with our with these few trucks but that's okay that's all part of the test right and we can always double the trucks up while we're sitting here running around looking at it all right so we're with our trucks our cars will come out here right I would assume least I hope they go out to there now if they don't they're gonna come into here now does it say you have finished vehicles there we go we've made a car and it didn't automatically go into here yeah I don't really oh there it is okay there's our car all right well now let's see I want to just see if we come over to our Road Depot and I'm assuming we would need an open halt right so let's go ahead and get an open halt and I want to say go to here and pick up vehicles we don't have a road cargo station attack directly to this but that's okay so then let's to go ahead and test this right so I don't want you to load anything I just want you to load cars then we will keep an eye on this guy yeah there he goes so this I expect this test to take a little while I don't know you know we're already 10 minutes into the video I don't know how long exactly it will take and we have four spots here so I don't know that we need this but I'm curious for like we'll let this guy overflow now how much does each one of these weigh I want you to wait yep good suck them right out of there so the good news is I'm sure we can get him out of here too but yeah so how many I guess he could just keep loading them up right it doesn't look like he could carry any more let's just see what happens with that as we produce more cars right we're still operating with that issue so you know we're doing pretty well with just these few few trucks doing their thing now they might have had a little bit of a head start so I don't want to get too excited at this moment about why don't we just for the sake switch him to go into here just so they don't call the traffic jam in the long run okay here he goes where is he going oh that's right he's got to go this way you know what we could probably use let's I love having all the money in the world it's it's pretty nice yeah let's let's auto-transfuse so you know that's not part of the problem good so we're producing cars now let's see can we actually dropped them off over here very curious to see if this works that way he's headin in there but they do head there for yes good road cargo station works now look their groups a couple people are they buying cars now I'm curious to see if they'll buy cars and then go to work yep there they go I think okay there he goes she's gonna go to park at his parking lot yeah you know I don't know where they live so we're gonna take a little time here okay now this is our truck now I just want to see let's switch where this guy goes that's a I want you to drop off here and just make sure though I'm reasonably certain this this is gonna work all right so go get some more cars and then bring them back and drop them off in here so how many cars we made in the mean time three right yep yeah so this going pretty well kind of as expected at this point you know as far as you mean I don't see where any particular thing would have to go in any particular place right so now another thing that I want to try to do here next will be I know we can attach this directly to there right well but we can't like you can't get this doesn't have any railroad connection this space for vehicles which would be nice if they did and there's no rail connection to here so after we kind of prove that this will fill the dealer up with cars I want to then come over here and send him to go to here to see to see if he'll the train will then start loading up cars right so it's a little bit backwards there unload load but you know he is wait yeah so well then we'll see if he waits for that now we're getting a little behind on cars which is good what are you doing tell me there's no power it seems like the story of my life all right let's uh I got I got all kinds of look it's right over there you know all right let's uh come here that's gonna be a little bit awkwardly close to that other thing let's just come out here they're good it's not not at a bad angle right yep you have power so you should have power so you're gonna fill back up very good and then yours on his way did you actually get fuel yes good yeah we're making cars in a pretty good clip actually like as far as I mean we're 300 people right you're not gonna I mean you could do better but you you're hard pressed to a whole lot better than this little setup would right I mean we're definitely true you know coming close I would hope to maxing out the number of people you could you could produce or get cars to go so why don't we get another open halt since we do have some extra get another open halt close that but that's okay we click here so I want you to you know what can you come from here and then just to see if that loading through there would work right so in other words he's gonna try to pick up from this furthest one and I want to make sure that he actually can you know wait wait for your vehicles now how are we doing as far as like look yeah look they're driving over there up there they are yet they're going over to work in the UH in the factory yep there he goes it's not the most efficient way of moving people around but you know it is a way of moving people around and it's certainly good for things like if you have a concrete plant or something that's just really little right so how are we doing yeah this is what I was afraid of yeah so it won't load through those I'm okay with that I kind of didn't think it would right because in other situations I've had the same problem all right so let's let's add a new you see quite as well come to here you know what now you know I could go to here week that cars right now where you're going back okay that's right he keeps faking me out cuz I'm thinking he's going this way but the road yeah okay these people came back from we just have more people who bought cars I see so did we miss a trip and this is actually working just like I expected it probably would let's let's switch over to some red cars now here's a question do we lose all that progress yes so you might want to finish a car now I don't know if you lose the materials or not but you might want to finish a car out before you before you click that button yeah so we should see these guys come right on into there yep yeah so it just takes it a second but they do get sucked into there now the our people are off driving their cars and there's our shiny new red car nice now the other thing that's pretty interesting about this then I didn't really everybody keeps talking about oh you can get cars cars cars cars I think it's pretty cool that we can get other stuff cuz you know my map some of this other you know in the regular series this stuff is expensive as all get out to buy a new dumper right let's see can we get the license for a KMZ dumper and then what happens with that do we just I guess we could just select it and send it over to a Depot or there you go we're loading up more cars now does the train have some cars on it yet yes there they are it's hard to see we should have done the red cars but if you guys can see but we have black cars on the train and so the trains first thing is going to be let's see which what are you building is without power supply saying story of my life yes we're gonna try to see if we can't unload at a train station right into a car dealership but we need to get some power I think so let's yeah that should cover everybody on this side who's not already covered and where is well it's just it's all free ish those are no that's not you come you know like that come over to here good so we got ahead of that one a little bit all right so now yeah we definitely have plenty of buyers and sellers but we don't have any so I'm also trying to get an idea with all of this like you know the speed with which things happen as far as the loading so how full are we doesn't really tell you a percentage does it so I guess it uh it looks like each one can hold four which is pretty each one of that that one holds three yeah and then in a second here I want to just send them what I make do is just run it for a little while and look at that very nice we can give you a footpath hopefully we don't crash the game right let's give you guys some back door foot pads right so they can get around to their parking spots a little bit easier probably could close one of the eight windows there you got a little faster way to the catch there that's right we got flip pass throughout although they don't really like when they built when you build the fancy roads they don't really need too many extra footpaths that time we got four cards on there okay yep this guy's going over here to pick up the cars still have good workers so you know eight houses here yeah like CA we're getting all the way up almost a four hundred I don't see how we're gonna do too much better than that how are we doing running out of materials yet these guys aren't waiting so you definitely we're producing I like all right so let's take we're quite confident that this is working either every which way right let me that guy's already dope let's come over here and I just want to take all of them to this stop right and that is this yes yeah so now we'll just take all the all the cars over and then that way we'll fill this train up and we can see if that goes now of course if you guys have any other questions let me know but I mean I think we're simulating pretty well how the cars will work and like I said what I may do is just let it play for a while and just you know show you guys when it fills all up with cars and what the people are doing with them and just in case you haven't experimented like myself yeah well we already know this works right yeah because we've already done this and there's no way to I think I meant to I don't know I guess if this didn't work I could do this just to get some cars over here like there's no other way to get cars to these people but they already had the Train so this was sort of a whole secondary thing until I thought about yeah let's just see you know kind of two separate ways of getting you know vehicles to the two different place like here we're supplying them by truck and then here will supply them by train so the only real negative thing is that there's no way to directly get cars from the factory right onto the train you have to truck them over to here see how many do we have I might be able to hold more we're gonna find out right I think this does it tell me now it shows me how many there's we got 15 so far it comes another truck load yeah so this is definitely the way to move them I'm still not full parent cargo value only 30 what did these cars worth doesn't really say what they're worth click on here does it this is not the purchasing price and we could sort of questioning that that price right let's go to cars like in other words doesn't it seem like it should be more than 30 mm well these guys are only worth 1,400 that's what it is and I'm gonna beat this one yeah mm okay that's about right especially considering a lot of them are now the red ones nice people going to work already now I guess we should have the sky yeah you know what wait to unload just in case I'm I will just set them on cars nothing matters wait to load wait to unload moving yet now you hold quite a few cars now there's five on each so for this one these guys are both getting back at the same time you snot set the way head back there a sense of you being empty well you get another car on is that why you're waiting so it looks like now okay he just decided to wait a little extra while I guess so if he did the visuals at all accurate we should load one more car so I guess we should have this guy wait – for what the Train is gone now they just keep getting smaller like keep shoving them on and keep getting smaller which is okay with me I mean I'd rather them rather and get more but see what I mean like this this looks like it's full with five cars but then if we come up here we got six cars on this one yeah it does this thing again to look like I bet you the next one goes to dislike it prefers one over the other for some reason I don't know it didn't that time well maybe it did maybe it didn't yeah these guys sit there for a little while I'm not sure why see I don't think he should like he's not gonna get another car but he's just sitting there and now this guy's getting cars here let's do we can do fast forward I think double you know yeah yeah why is he still sitting there it's almost like there there he goes no idea why he waited that long there he goes big to do because our train let's come back up to this train station so this is quite a few cars and how many can the car dealership hold so if you're gonna do this oh you can okay nice so there's plenty of cars in storage so you don't have to worry you know one of the things you could do is put like an extra car storage there but I'm not sure if that's necessary you probably better I'm just building it's like some kind of Depot someplace else where you you know where you load up cars from like one of these like you know see there they're putting them in there and it's kind of a buffer right here so I would say I would just make a bigger buffer storage someplace else and then have a train going around yes we have a lot of cars coming in here now look at I'm moving out so I'm like hotcakes there you go so that answers that question yeah we can drop right off from there yeah that's really I think almost all the questions I had I think like I said now at this point if you guys have any more questions or things you think I didn't test I mean I know there's like you know a bunch of possibilities for what we could do here but you know I don't I don't I didn't attach anywhere in particular I just touched or whatever everything seems to be work and this is a waste saying with this don't do that but other than that you know I think everything else is working working just fine so let me uh we just let it play forward a bit you know and we'll just see what it looks like you know in in some fairly short period of time see if I have any other issues when I'm off camera for a minute here there you go that's how you want to set up your set up your car manufacturing it kind of any you know if you're familiar with the game I wouldn't sweat it right everything should kind of work like everything else kind of works there's no gotchas for me anyway right like you know being having built enough different little factory setups I'm quite satisfied with the way this is alright let me pause the video and I'll come back to say goodbye when we're all jammed up with cars how's that saying see you guys in a minute hey guys at that time play forward and then it started to get a little bit jammed up with cars mostly over here and the reason is is because I didn't have these things selected so if you just by default is just university-educated right so there's only so many and then you get this message no no no this is no free parking places but you know you can prefer university education prefer younger only under 30 under Lander 40 any so you can you know mess with how many people have cars which is good idea though the other thing is no free parking places not sure a hundred percent what the issue is with going a little bit higher I imagine it's that if this is 75 percent full I'm wondering if it's not counting like these cars right so in other words you may end up with too many cars in the lot if they half of them are going to work or however many are going to work I would think you should be able to get away with like 2/3 right like for the different shifts now this guy I'm gonna send the police over here we actually don't have police but if we did cuz I think he got drunk and just that might be a girl left her car in the middle of the lot they are for some pretty soon so yeah I mean I'm not gonna even try to say that name but in any event yeah I think she's in trouble we need to go check her out for DUI but other than that going pretty well I did put another truck on the route over to here but yeah I mean it it's it's working pretty well now the only other thing to other things to say one is let's let's switch over to make dumpers and I definitely think I have a lot of overkill on the supply and I'm thinking of even redoing my design because of this like maybe when you get into doing other vehicles but you know we just have a lot of we're way which is four trucks were easily you know supplying everything we need to these this factory the steel is building up I mean it's still going back and forth but it's such a big steel yard right just gonna take him a while two feet up so we really don't need like trains going in-between and my other series like you know you really don't need a ton of supply for one of these but if you had you know trains coming into here offloading your steel and other other parts that's probably a good idea keep it local right but that's just that's up to you you could probably even get away with supplying them from afar with trucks you just you know be a little less fuel efficient so they're not sucking down some massive amount of steel even with a good you know look we're up 375 at 85 we have plenty of people working now I just want to like let that want the dumper go and then we'll just see what happens with them and the only other thing that I wanted to point out was none of these vehicles actually seem to require the electronics so you know for me in my regular map it's not a big deal but just know that at this point you don't actually need the electronics the electrical components you need but but I went through literally and just kind of look not one of them needs electronics that I could see now if I'm wrong please leave a comment but there you go so let's take a step backwards so yeah let's just say I guess we could actually load I'm wondering if it'll load yeah looking he loaded on to this truck okay yeah so that's that's a little bit of an issue so if you're gonna make these you might want to cut your trucks off first right so we could say yeah let's just see go to Depot right yeah so you might want to keep that in mind right there that's one of the reasons kind of little things that you kind of figure out as the game goes on but yeah so now well we unload the car there as well now can we just send the car that's another question I have yeah I'm kind of glad we're doing this here let's fast forward then when it gets there it was a good click yeah so he unloaded the car now can we change depot and tell him okay so we can send them to a parking lot but we can't send them to one of those that was that wasn't the truck that was the the loan car so there we go yeah now we have a dumper that we made ourselves so yeah I'm pretty excited I think you know I may make a few passenger cars but you're gonna see me producing a bunch of different Road vehicles on my regular map I'm pretty excited about that there you go well let me know if you have any comments I'd be happy to come back to this and and test it for you guys even if I don't make another video so all right well thank you for watching let me know if you have any questions or comments please subscribe or leave a like if you enjoyed the video thanks guys take care