For those using computer programs, iPhone apps, and spreadsheets, how many hives is this feasible for?
I have 13 hives and the thought of sitting down and filling out entries into a spreadsheet or computer program after inspecting all 13 hives, or making the entries while inspecting, seems like it would be very time consuming and thus impractical.
For now, I have been writing a few notes on the metal surface of the telescoping top with a Sharpie-type pen. Easy and straight forward, as correlating the info to the hive is automatic, and all the info is right there to see as I approach the hive. At the end of the season wipe the top clean with alchohol and start over next year. I am not saying written notes on the hive top is the only or best way to go, though, and I am always looking for a better way.