Hi Richard, the staking machine is simply a software that allows you to keep a record of your bets and you can use differant staking methods to quickly compare how they perform , there are countless backing plans, laying plans and even each way plans.
You can run a monte carlo test on differing scenarios or a random bet generator to see how any ideas would pan out, theres analysis and graphs plus bankrupcy risks, you can store hundred of diffearnt systems on there.

You can download for free and input up to 10 bets on as many ideas/ systems as you want, the free version as no time limit as im aware of but the annual cost is very cheap and well worth doing.