HRS Lite - Overview
Description of HRS Lite Chrome Extension and Troubleshooting Steps
HRS Lite is a Google Chrome extension that simplifies the process of punching in or out for scheduled shifts. It streamlines the process of normally navigating to my.wisconsin.edu and going through all the annoying prompts and menus to get to the Web Clock or Timesheet. This requires the use of the Google Chrome web browser.
On our clock-in stations, a further option in specified in the extension settings, which enables "kiosk mode". This mode prevents users from navigating to other webpages or changing web browser settings for security and ease of use. The only way out of this mode is to hit Ctrl + Shift + N to open an incognito window, which is not affected by the extension settings. In this free window, navigate to the extension settings in Menu > More tools > Extensions, which will open a new tab in the controlled window, allowing you to access the options for this settings to disable kiosk mode, or you can change any other setting you want to fix other issues, such as clearing cookies.
The clock-in stations themselves are set up on older laptop hardware (usually, unless requested to be run on something else by the department) that would otherwise be disposed of. They run a customized set up of Fedora using the LXDE interface. Upon booting, Chrome automatically opens to the HRS lite extension page in full-screen mode, ready to use by staff. To troubleshoot issues, simply press Alt+F4 repeatedly until Chrome completely closes, and then you have access to a standard top-bar Linux interface. In the main menu at the top-left, you can find LXTerminal, a terminal emulator, to perform maintenance. To access root/admin functions, type "su -" and the Compop Level 3 password to gain greater access.