Techie Bro

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Is it necessary to install AV or security suites in my computer?

There were many people asking me if I have installed any security software or  anti-malware software in my PC in my I-cafe. And as always, I never forget to install one before anything else.

Different types of people visit my Internet cafe and most of them are basic users and does not concern about the security on the computers since they don’t own them. They are only in my shop to avail of my services and the rest is for them to enjoy that paid service.

Monday, 15 August 2011

The future of internet cafe business

A few months ago, I decided to close down my internet cafe due to the fact that I no longer earn enough money to pay for the expenses (just breaking- even as they say) and local government taxes are too steep.

Overtime, computers (parts and accessories) are getting cheaper and internet service providers are doing the same. Every Pinoy household can get hold of their own internet connection evidently an income loss in the I-cafe market.

During the decision-making period of giving up my biz, I pondered on how will the business would eventually fare after a few years when all resources are dispensable to everyone.

The cheaper costs of supplies and the undefined stand of internet cafe businesses makes it a hard place to earn a fair income. Barely a few amount enough to pay for your daily necessities. Not much to save for yourself or even for the sustenance of the business.

People tend to enter the I-cafe market when they see a similar business prosper only finding out that they would only earn less and loose valuable time in the process.

The internet cafe business is now similar to a "sari-sari" store. Never will you not find one in the neighborhood. Sad to say price war has taken its toll. And soon only a few will be left to play the game.

To those who are still in the game, good luck and I wish you prosperity for the years to come?

To people who thinks of opening one, good luck too. Think twice before investing your money in this lucrative business venture.

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Preselecting the games you want to install on your I-cafe

A few years back, only Counter Strike has made its name on the gaming scene together with Diablo II's character editing, LAN gaming has been the hype while the internet is slowly entering the online scene.

I opened my internet cafe biz at the height of Level Up Games' Ragnarok Online and's MU Online. The first set of online games was not that hard to market since online gaming was still that time.

My only concern was to watch out for weekly game patches (bug fix or special event modifications) and support for gamers who do not know how to play the game. Obviously, you need to be a gamer yourself per se. At least play the game so you would know the basics.

As the years go by, more and more online games were introduced. The initial introduction of pay to play (you need to buy time to play your game which is separate from rented time at the internet cafe) to the arrival of FREE TO PLAY (no need to buy game time only required if you want to buy special items which is not ordinarily found as loot or prize on the game) has changed how we play our online games.

The truth is Pinoys play more of the free-to-play types since they don't want to spend all their money just for the game time. So I suggest look out for these types.

There are a huge number of online games introduced locally as well as in the international scene making it harder to choose which you would include in your gaming PCs.

Do not attempt to install everything or end up wasting your time and energy patching and updating every single game everyday!

What can you do?

Of course, first is to scout around the area. Visit nearby internet cafe's and check which games possible customers would like to play at your place. With that in mind, check the upcoming games online so you would be able to build the right system to play that game.

It is for you to decide if you will take part in the same gaming market or introduce a new game to avoid competition. Before you install a number of these games better to test the game. If the gamers will dig it then proceed to install to the rest of your stations.

Finding new ways to make money on line

It has been 3 months since I decided to close down my own I-cafe business. The reasons are financial in nature and unfair taxation from our local governement.

My capacity to provide the amount as imposed by the BPLO is no longer achievable. So, I decided to just continue my work as a blogger on my own blog site and to several sites as well.

For several months, I no longer have a stable source of income. But luckily, my father handed over his water refilling business to me and to make things better I found this site where you can earn money while you take active participation on line through discussions and the like.

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