Oct 13

Manage your ICafe Business with ease via a Cyber Café Management Software

From my own personal experience, running and managing an ICafe business is no joke as it entails a lot of work on a daily basis. Apart from cleaning and disinfecting those keyboards, mice, tables and the internet café shop itself day after day, other administrative and monitoring tasks that an internet café owner needs to do are as follows:

  • Daily anti-virus update
  • Accounting, inventory management for point of sale
  • Bandwidth monitoring
  • Viewing status of client terminals
  • Checking each client pc for unwanted changes users or customers make while in session
  • Website tracking and blocking unwanted websites like porn sites browsed by the Café users
  • Changing Windows settings, installing software or games, patching game updates and many more
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my youngest son’s duty is to turn off the avrs at closing time :)

 

Not yet to mention the periodic cleaning of the CPUs or the central processing units. This will cost you additional expense if you are not knowledgeable on how to do it.

Doing all these tasks from one pc to another is indeed arduous and exhausting, thus a server is recommended.  Moreover, monitoring will be more difficult if you will install multiple software in your server which will serve different functions such as remote access, freezing software and Café timer.

The use of the all-in-one Cyber Cafe Management software like the iCafe Manager will certainly help you in managing your business with ease and efficiency. The software can be downloaded for free at www.icafemanager.com. Performing tasks mentioned above can be done while sitting only in front of your server as the Server-Client application features are managed from the server. Billing, printing services, inventory management and other accounting reports are made available on the screen.

Another good feature of this application is that all client stations connect to the server, thus you can effortlessly monitor and control each station. It also has a client’s lock down screen that prevents unauthorized users from logging in – an additional security for your Café.

Sep 26

Four Tech-Focused Mobile Emulators

When you’re designing as website to be viewed across multiple devices with an enormous range of different screen sizes it’s essential that you’re able to see how your site will look on each and every device it could possibly be loaded onto in order to ensure your visitors get a consistent experience regardless of how they come across your website.

 

In the (not too distant) past whenever you wanted to test your website on another computer or phone you literally had to seek out these other computers or phones, searching for them far and wide and (often) even having to take a quick peek on a friend’s laptop to see what your site looked like from their point of view.

 

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Nowadays we have emulators to take the hard work out of this task. These tech-focused mobile emulators can show you exactly what your website looks like on an iPhone 6 Plus compared to an iPhone 4, or what it looks like on a small Android tablet compared to the Microsoft Surface.

 

Never has there been a better time for these emulators to fight their way into existence. The number of devices (laptops, tablets, and smartphones) on sale today is something of a phenomenon, making designing pixel-perfect website that much harder without the help of these wonderful, time-saving emulators… and we’ve picked out four of the best for you to have a play with, below:

 

MobileTest

 

MobileTest is a site that allows you to test your website across a whole range of smartphones and tablets, with more devices being added incredibly frequently.

 

The best thing about MobileTest is how fast your site will load up when you put them to the test; they often don’t take any longer than they’d take to load normally, despite the fact that you’re running them via one of MobileTest’s emulators.

 

Responsivepx

 

Talking of checking the responsiveness of your design, Responsivepx give you a blank canvas in which to drag the edges to your heart’s content to come up with an emulator size that’s perfect for your needs.

 

One of the best features Responsivepx offers is the ability to play around with sites on your local server, which is ideal if you’ve not yet launched your site and you want to test how responsive it is on a wide range of smartphone and tablet sizes before putting it online for all the world to see.

 

Mobile Phone Emulator

 

The Mobile Phone Emulator has been around longer than any other emulator in this list, but that doesn’t mean it’s lost its touch; not by a long way.

 

Due to its age, Mobile Phone Emulator can allow you to test your site on a range of slightly older mobile devices if you have noticed from your website’s analytics that you’re still receiving a large amount of your traffic from these devices; BlackBerry smartphones being a great example of this.

 

iPad Peek

 

When the first iPad was launched none of us were sure if it was a product that would catch on, let alone a category that would start to rival the sales of laptops in a few short years. Nowadays there are some very well developed tablets out there, but few of them rival the iPad in terms of popularity and distribution.

 

For this reason, iPad Peek is an iPad-only emulator, making seeing how your website will look on an iPad (both in portrait and landscape modes) a breeze.

 

In conclusion, the next time you need to test out a new website across multiple devices, remember; save yourself some time by using mobile emulators to rest your site’s responsiveness.

 

 

Author:

Edgar Hopson currently writes on a freelance basis for a provider of a reliable site builder. SiteZulu is dedicated to helping people create a website that is wonderfully responsive.

Sep 23

Don’t Know Your HDD From Your USB? Read This Primer On Data Storage

Data storage is a hot topic in today’s digital age. It’s not just computers that store information. Storage devices get used for everything items ranging from cable TV boxes to smartphones and tablets.

There are so many storage mediums that it can sometimes get complex to choose the right one for your needs. Today’s primer will walk you through the different options when it comes to data storage.

 

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Hard drives

 

These storage mediums are one of the most-popular ones in use these days. They are super-cheap to buy, and get used in pretty much any home or office electronic device.

 

They are mechanical devices, and data gets stored onto them magnetically. The process for data storage is similar in some ways to cassette tapes. They only last between four to six years if used daily, so it’s important you backup any important data onto another device.

 

You can use hard drives as internal drives for your computer, or as external USB-based ones. Hard drives are available in 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch sizes. The former for desktop PCs, the latter for laptops.

 

Solid-state drives

 

They are also called “SSDs.” These drives are gaining popularity with computer users for one good reason: speed. The thing about solid-state drives is that data access is quite quick. With an SSD, you can enjoy fast boot-up times, fast application access and no noise.

 

That’s because they are not mechanical drives. They have no moving parts and are, in essence, like giant USB flash drives!

 

There are a couple of downsides to solid-state drives that you should know about. The first is that they cost a lot more than a conventional hard drive. And the other is that affordable SSDs don’t offer the same amount of storage space as hard drives.

 

For example, a 500GB hard drive might cost $55. But if you want a similar capacity solid-state drive, you can expect to pay $300 for one!

 

Network-accessible storage

 

These guys are often called “NAS” drives. In its basic form, they are external hard drives that you can plug into your Ethernet network. You can have a single drive, or an array of drives for disk mirroring purposes.

 

NAS drives offer many options for data management. You can set them up in something called a “RAID” array so that your data won’t disappear if one of the drives becomes faulty. There are plenty of NAS options available. You can have a simple single-drive setup for your home, or a multi-drive setup for enterprise solutions.

 

USB flash drives

 

With a USB flash drive, you have the freedom to read and write data to it from any computer – regardless of operating system. They are handy when you need a convenient method of data storage, and they are pretty cheap to buy.

 

As with solid-state drives, USB drives use flash memory. That means there are no internal moving parts. So it doesn’t matter if you drop a USB flash drive because it won’t get damaged.

 

It’s worth noting that some external hard drives are marketed as “USB drives.” Just to confuse things!

 

I hope you have enjoyed reading today’s article.

Sep 08

Quality and Affordability in One: The Cherry Mobile Flare HD

When it comes to your gadgets, it is understandable for you to want only the best in quality and features but you also want it to fit your budget. As a striving yuppie or a student living on a meager allowance, the likes of Apple or Samsung and other foreign brand can be a little over the top. Fortunately, a local brand came up with a solid, feature-packed mobile phone that is at par with some of the top foreign brands.

 

The Cherry Mobile Flare HD comes with an HD screen, quad-core processor and a nice 12 Megapixel camera sensor for starters. It is very handy and lightweight due to its small and compact design. If you will compare it with other more expensive phones, you will notice the distinct similarities in the minimalist yet neat style. When it comes to the features, Android 4.2 may not be the latest but it is still one of the best versions out in the market today.

 

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Specifications:

Phone Type: Smartphone

Smart Phone OS: Android Smart Phone

OS ver.: 4.2 (Jelly bean)

Shape: Bar

SIM: Dual SIM, Dual Standby

Processor Speed: 1.2GHz Quad-core MediaTek MT6589

Internal Storage: 4GB

RAM: 1GB

External Storage: Micro SD up to 32GB

Screen Size: 4.3 inch (342ppi)

Resolution: 1280×720

Touch Screen: yes

Screen Type: HD IPS display

Network Speed: 2G/3G/HSPA+ Up to 21Mbps

Wireless LAN

Bluetooth

Hotspot/Tethering

Camera Pixels: 12mp , 8mp (front camera) with Flash

GPS

SRP: Php 5,999.00

 

For its price, the style and features of the Cherry Mobile Flare HD are pretty much impressive. Though it may not please everybody and some still find it lacking for their kind of lifestyle, but it still is the cheapest HD phone in the local market today.

 

 

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