This chapter observes operation with already installed program. Assume everything had been set up, program customized and working. You are cafe administrator.
New client comes and likes to work one hour in internet. You look at the program screen at see what computers are free and what are busy. If all the computers are busy, it is easy to see what it the remaining time for each PC. If we have free PC, assume its number 7, its screen shows "Computer Locked" or/and its keyboard and mouse are disabled. You can see the same on your, administrator PC. Special rectangular areas called indicators each corresponding to a client PC are located on main screen. Indicators show corresponding computer states ("Free", "Games", "Internet", "Time out", "Timer games", "Timer internet". Indicator named "7" shows "Free". Client pays for one hour. You selecting 60 (minutes) from drop box of 7-th indicator and pressing "Start" button.
5 minutes prior to the end of paid time, admin PC speakers and client speakerphones say "Computer 7 remaining 5 minutes". If client decides to continue, he pays for required number of additional minutes and continue working. Additional time is added to the rest of his time. When his paid time is completely out, admin PC speakers and client headphones say "Computer 7 your time is out". Active programs on client PC are minimized and he observes popup window "Computer Locked" and/or his keyboard/mouse are disabled (except special combos like CTRL-ALT-DEL). From that moment, indicator 7 of admin program shows "Time out". Client leaves cafe and administrator presses "Stop". If client decides to work more, he buys additional time and administrator enters this amount of minutes to indicator and presses "Start" and so on.
So called "Timer mode" is available (sometimes it is called "opened time"). It is when client pays at the end of his work, for a total worked time (he had no idea how long he had to pay for when came to cafe). Assume client decides to work at timer mode. Admin enters word "Timer" in indicator and presses "Start". When client likes to leave, you press "Stop" and observe sum that you should charge client.
Program has night mode of payment. It is when client buys for the whole night constant sum and works until morning. It is usually cheaper then cost per hour. It is possible to pay for half-night (different tariff then night, term is exactly half of term of night). It is also useful to set discount in percents. For example, you can give 33% discount to loyal clients.
Programs allow to control and account used by client internet traffic (in megabytes). It is easy to separate local network traffic from internet traffic. You can set up cost per megabyte, depending on volume.
Loyal clients are accounted in program in special way. You can observe statistics of their work, keep their personal data (name, address, picture...).
There is a possibility to change seat of client to another free computer, for example when his keyboard or mouse is not working, the game that likes to play doesn't start etc. You can even swap seats of two clients give the rest of time of one client to his friend.
You can edit wrong operation or cancel it.
Assume client paid for one hour, but had worked 30 minutes only and decides to leave, it is possible to return the rest of money to him.
Very convenient calculator embedded into a program. It allows to know how long will client work when paying given sum or how much does it cost to work given time. Everything can be accounted using current cost per hour of games or internet with possible discount and payment round up.
It is possible to make notes in report. Assume, some computer has headphone that don't work. You can make a note to your boss in report so you will not forget about it.
One of the convenient properties of interface is a possibility to quick say what computer is free, what is busy (games or internet) and how fast it will be free soon. That describes some requirement to admin PC display.
When clients time is off, you don't have to come to client and remind him many time. He will be unable to continue his work until he buys work minutes. All the guys who came to work for a free will disappear. Computer either locked or paid for (other words the money are in the cash desk).
Cafe owner has enough information to understand the honesty of concrete administrators. Special interest is "control via internet", when owner is able to observe cafe operation from home.
All the program operations are recorded in database (LOG3 folder or admin executable program). Reports data is strongly encrypted data storage that uses modern cryptography algorithms, algorithms of repairing corrupted data. You can observe and print different kinds of reports at any time. Reports show detailed list of all operations with program, brief operation analysis for any term. Currently program uses database of 3rd version. During the years of working with program we received many ideas for improving reports in comparison with versions 1 and 2. It is highly professional and extremely useful tool for controlling administrator operations at the moment.
It is possible to observe client computer desktops, including via internet. You can always observe clients work and catch malicious actions.
Very convenient function is adjustment of sound volume of client computer. You can adjust sound volume of each client PC without need to leave admin PC, coming to client PC. User don't need to switch from his favorite game. Automatical adjustment of sound volume is possible when just starting session of work with PC (previous user was able to switch it off and make it too loud).
It is enough for the brief review of program functionality. We've reviewed only a small part of functions proposed by program. You can investigate all the features in detail by reading next articles.
Proceed to system requirements.