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  Products Overview
  The Factory Tools by Ghost Town Software are an assortment of products that can save your workplace time and money.
  These free downloads come with no guarantee, no waranty, no support.


This editor organizes a book or report into chapters and topics. The sections of the document will be displayed as if they are separate documents, jump between sections by clicking section titles in the list. Simple editing functions, including search, dual screen, encription.
Great for a variety of multi-level documents:
* A book organized by chapters.
* A diary with a new page every day.
* Notes on co-workers for the annual peer-review.
* MS Windows only.


This program allows the user to easily time repetitive events in a video.
Create a list of events, then while viewing a video of your production line or other events, simply click the event name as the event appears in the video.
Time stamps are logged automatically. Also time external events without a video.
Analyze the timestamps by viewing delta tables, charts and summary of the data.
Great for a variety of tasks:
* Gathering time and quantity info for a Kaizen event.
* Timing steps on your production line.
* Timing a group of kids in gym class.
* MS Windows only.


Time a whole series of events with a single person, instead of a team with stopwatches.   Whether you need to optimize your production line or your obstacle course, this makes it easy to time a sequence of events on the factory floor and beyond.
Simply enter your list of events into the app, then each time the event happens, tap the name on the screen and time stamp will be logged. Includes charts and delta-time tables. Output is plain text for input into a spreadsheet.
Great for a variety of tasks:
* Gathering time and quantity info for a Kaizen event.
* Timing steps on your production line.
* Counting vehicle types on a highway.
* Timing a group of kids in gym class.


A generic PLC simulation of medium complexity.
* Contacts, coils, timers, math and boolean.
* Ladder logic and timers execute in real time.
* Great for PLC and ladder logic training.
* Simulate a circuit before executing live.
* Includes ladder, memory & PLC editors.
* PLC automatically adds switches & lamps as needed.
* All components can be used on contact or coil side of ladder.
* For Windows only.


Pop in a photo and this will play music
based on the image characteristics.
* Highly configurable and a lot of fun.
* Background music for the PLC Simulator.
* Select up to 8 channels and drums.
* Select from a list of 128 instruments.
* Set a tempo and key signature.
* Set pitch and duration range for each note.
* For Windows only.

  Future Products

Text File Browser:
Step through and edit a whole folder of text files in seconds. For those who write reams of text file for their projects, this program is a huge time saver. I use this more than any of my other utilities. I'm using it to write this.

Production Flow Logger:
Monitor the flow of your production lines piece by piece and in real time.   If you've been assigning workers to walk around and gather this information daily, then the Production Flow Logger will pay for its self in no time, and gather information in far more detail than your data entry people never could.

    Books and Blogs


Viewing this planet as an outsider, I have the solutions to all your problems. Some of my more interesting stories are included here.
* Fixed Point Line Algorithm
* Expansion of Universe
* Sales Taxes on the Internet
* Malay Travel story
* Earth Magazine, Downgrade Pluto

  Four Years of Alzheimers

After our dad died from complications of Alzheimers, we put together four years of e-mails where we kept each other informed of his latest problems and our efforts to coordinate his care. The book became a great description of what others can expect when a family member is faced with similar problems.
This project is on hold until next year.


Photos and stories of my travels in
California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado,
Hawaii, Malaysia, and China.
Hundreds and hundreds of great photos
and a few dozen good stories.