BreakPoint WinTimer is a 32-bit Windows Time Management Program designed to simplify the tedious work of computing computer rentals of up to 50 computers. In addition, Breakpoint WinTimer includes computation of printing charges and discounts.
The concept in creating Breakpoint WinTimer is based on the philosophy “if you know how to ‘OK’, then you know how to use WinTimer.” It is because, WinTimer integrates toolbars, menus, shortcut keys and command buttons that makes it easy to use and understand. Moreover, WinTimer stays at the Taskbar for easy access with the left or right click of a mouse when minimized or closed. And it is also equipped with a pop-up menu for easier accessibility of WinTimer’s powerful features.
- Easy to install and use. It is one of the easiest timer cafe to use and maintain.
- It can simultaneously monitor 50 computers all at the same time even with different type of rental (i.e. Internet, Games).
- Individual user can monitor their own elapsed time and amount to be paid when running on a network environment.
- It maintains a daily log file than can be previewed or printed.
- Color-coded computer icon to avoid confusion among different kinds of rental.
- It can be setup to set a time limit for a particular computer. (like an alarm clock)
- Rental rates can be easily configured.
- It includes a computation for printing charges and discount.
- It stays at the Taskbar for easy access with right or left click of the mouse.
- An autolock feature can be enabled such that no computer can be used unless it is time in.
- Add expenses logs.
- View monthly profit statement.
- Supports more than 1GB of data.
- It locks computer by disabling the mouse and keyboard. This feature does NOT prevent other programs from running NOR ‘cripple’ the computer. Unlike other ‘locking techniques’ used by other programs that covers the whole screen and setting the window always on top, WinTimer uses a different procedure that is provided and well-documented in the Platform SDK provided by Microsoft.
- It can restart, shutdown and wake-up connected clients.
- Allows the user to avail multiple service(e.g. Internet, Games…) without logging out.
- A time limit can be set and depending on the settings, it can automatically lock the computer.
- You can adjust time in if it happens you forgot to do so. (This happens in real life!)
- Transferring the time from one computer to another is just a click of the mouse.
- Sometimes, a customer wanted to discontinue his/her time. WinTimer has a tool to cancel his/her time.
- Separate rates for MEMBER and NON-MEMBER. (If you shop offers one)
- While renting a computer, a customer may avail other services you offer like printing, buying supplies, etc. You can add this charges so that you can never forget them.
- Easier to setup.
- Support for Wake-on-LAN.
- Local Area Network (LAN)*
- Make sure that TCP/IP is installed on ALL computers where you plan to install WinTimer. You can check this by right clicking Network Neighborhood at the Desktop and selecting Properties. If TCP/IP is not installed, click Add. Select Protocol, click Add. Select Microsoft then select TCP/IP and click OK. When prompted with a message about DHCP (Dynamic Hosting Configuration Protocol), just ignore it at this time. However, if you have encountered this message you MUST configure TCP/IP by following the steps in SETTING THE SERVER and SETTING UP THE CLIENT.*
- Windows 9x/ME/NT4/2000/XP Operating System or newer operating system.
- 80486 or higher processor (Pentium class recommended for server)
*Note: Needed if WinTimer is intended to use in a network environment.
STEPS IN SETTING UP WINTIMER CLIENT TOGETHER WITH WINTIMER SERVER
Beginning with version v3.0, WinTimer Client/Server automatically detects and connects to each other.
SETTING UP THE SERVER
- Run Setup. Select Server from Setup Type.
- Install WinTimer Server at a computer which user normally doesn’t use (i.e. Internet server).
- If you have previously prompted a message about DHCP, then you must configure your TCP/IP by following Steps 4 and 5. Otherwise, proceed to Step 5.
- To assign an IP Address, Right-Click Network Neighborhood from the Desktop. Select Properties from the menu. Select TCP/IP then click Properties. Select IP Address tab. Select Specify an IP Address radio button. At the IP Address, type 192.168.0.1. (You can assign an IP Address of your choice. However, you should start your IP Address with 192.168.XXX.XXX so as not to conflict with actual IP Address from the Internet.) Type 255.255.255.0 at the Subnet mask.
- Restart the computer. You should no longer see any message about DHCP if you have seen one before.
SETTING UP THE CLIENT
- Run Setup. Select Client from Setup Type.
- Install WinTimer to all computers which are for rent.
- Check if TCP/IP has been configured. Right-Click Network Neighborhood from the Desktop. Select Properties from the menu. Select TCP/IP then click Properties. Select IP Address tab (if you have previously encountered a message about DHCP on this computer then you MUST Specify an IP Address). Select Specify an IP Address radio button. At the IP Address, type 192.168.0.2(192.168.0.3, 192.168.0.4 and so on for the succeeding computers). Type 255.255.255.0 at the Subnet mask.
- Restart the computer.
- WinTimer Client will prompt you for its Setup dialog. At the Computer number, select the computer number of the current computer. This is used by WinTimer Server to identify which computer/s are currently connected. (Don’t assign the same computer number at different computers).
- Restart computer.
- If you cannot connect through automatic connection, you can manually do so. Just make sure you have a fixed IP Address for WinTimer Server. Check Manual connect to server and type the IP Address or computer name of the computer running WinTimer Server. TAKE NOTE that this type of connection is the fastest.