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Homework Help - RonO's Ramblings

Mar. 15th, 2006 09:20 am Homework Help

As part of my current graduate course (CSCE 8316 -- User Interface Design, through SMU), I have to complete a homework assignment that is due tomorow (March 16, 2006). In order to complete that assignment I have to ask a couple of other people some questions about ATM machines.

Therefore, the first couple of people who can respond with answers to the questions behind the cut, will receive my thanks and temporal gratitude.

Thank You in advance
RonO.

•	How much money are you allowed to take out?
•	If you took this out and then went to another machine and tried to withdraw the same amount, what would happen?
•	What is on your card?
•	How is the information used?
•	What happens when you enter the wrong number?
•	What are there pauses between the steps of a transaction?
•	How long are they?  What happens if you type ahead during the pauses?
•	What happens to the card in the machine?
•	Why does it stay inside the machine?
•	Do you count the money?  Why?

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From:sraun
Date:March 15th, 2006 09:25 am (UTC)
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• How much money are you allowed to take out?

I'm not certain - I think not quite my available balance (the nearest multiple of $10 or $20 less than, dependent on the machine).

• If you took this out and then went to another machine and tried to withdraw the same amount, what would happen?

Depends on whether or not I use the same ATM network - from what I can tell, if I go to a different network, it will let me take out the money.

• What is on your card?

USBank Visa Check Card (debit card)

• How is the information used?

I don't understand the question.

• What happens when you enter the wrong number?

I get prompted to try again. I don't know how many times I'm allowed to try, I've never gotten it wrong two times in a row.

• What are there pauses between the steps of a transaction?

If this question isn't about time, I don't know what you're asking for.

• How long are they? What happens if you type ahead during the pauses?

3-5 seconds. I have a memory that type-ahead is discarded - for whatever reason, I never try to.

• What happens to the card in the machine?

The magnetic strip gets read.

• Why does it stay inside the machine?

Security measure - it keeps the bad guys from interrupting me while in mid-session claiming a machine error, sending me away, and then emptying my account.

• Do you count the money? Why?

Yes. I'm paranoid.
From:backrubbear
Date:March 15th, 2006 10:46 am (UTC)
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Max money out: $500 (I think. Their site sucks.)

Going to another machine - I think that may depend on whether or not they're on exactly the same network. If things were working properly, it wouldn't work. However, it might. :-)

My full name.

Which information?

Wrong number depends. Some interfaces suck big time. 5/3, if you enter a number accidentally prior to selecting a language may treat your number as a language option. You'll then have to cancel and start from the beginning. LaSalle is good in the sense that you have multiple opportunities to fix things, but at various parts of the process you may have to abort the entire transaction.

With LaSalle, the pauses are very minor and obviously due to network inquiries.

I don't type ahead.

The machine scans the account information. The machine may retain the card in order to take it away from you if it decides that you should no longer have it. This has been done to me in error (software issues) several times. I keep two cards for my account to allow machines that take the card to hold it. By preference, I'll use a machine that doesn't take the card.

I count the money because mistakes have happened (twice in 5 years, but to my benefit).
From:rono_60103
Date:March 15th, 2006 10:59 am (UTC)
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Thank you both. I'll include this in my homework when I get back to it tonight.

RonO