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Bill filed to stop minors from spending too much time in computer shops

Relevance: 100%      Posted on: February 23, 2015

House Bill No. 4740, also known as the "Internet Cafe Regulation Act", has been filed at the House of Representatives which aims to protect the youth, especially minors, from online game addiction by regulating and limiting their access to computer shops and Internet cafes. Authored by Valenzuela City 1st District Representative Win Gatchalian, the Bill aims to prevent minors from loitering or playing in computer shops and cafes during school hours and school days. It also wants to prevent minors from excessively playing on non-school days by limiting the time period they are allowed access to computer shops. Photo by…

Is there hope in the Net Cafe Business?

Relevance: 55%      Posted on: March 25, 2009

About a year ago, I wrote about the state of the internet cafe business in the Philippines and why it's a seemingly losing battle. A couple of days ago, I mentioned that I started venturing into the Internet Cafe with a friend. I got emails asking why I thought the net cafe is still a viable business and here's my take. Again, I'll refer you to the points I highlighted in my previous entry -- location. If you believe that you have the right location then you'll have a higher probability to succeed or even just getting back your investment…

Weird customer service policy at Octagon Computer

Relevance: 52%      Posted on: October 11, 2007

I'm sure everyone has had their share of computer store nightmares. I know I do. Here's a couple of stories sent to me by a reader about his experience with Octagon Computer SuperStore. Just like most PC retail stores situated in the malls, these storefronts are primary there to drive sales. The after-sales support, well that's another thing altogether. Runel from Cagayan de Oro shares his story: I bought a PC from them (Octagon Cagayan de Oro) last February and it runs good but then five months after the PC was slowly have problems. It came to the point where…

Mouse Computer m-Stick is a PC-on-a-stick complete with a fan

Relevance: 48%      Posted on: April 3, 2015

Mouse Computer introduces a full-functioning PC squeezed into a tiny flash drive that has the basic needs of a computer -- including a cooling fan. Meet the Mouse Computer m-Stick. Mouse Computer m-Stick specs: Intel Atom Z3735F Quad-core Bay Trail processor 2GB RAM 32GB of eMMC storage Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Bluetooth 4.0 MicroSD slot MicroUSB port for power USB 2.0 port HDMI 4.9 x 1.5 x 0.6 inches (dimensions) 2 ounces (weight) Windows 8.1 with Bing 32-bit software As mentioned earlier, it comes with a built-in fan that should help cool down this micro PC during long periods of usage. It is currently…

Huawei donates cloud-based computer to DepEd

Relevance: 46%      Posted on: July 31, 2013

Huawei, a well-known Chinese networking and telecommunications equipment company, has recently donated a cloud-based computer system to the Department of Education (DepEd). This is made possible through the DepEd's Adopt-a-School program (ASP) which gives private entities the opportunity to become active partners in providing assistance, either on a short–term or long–term basis to various concerns in public education. Huawei's Cloud-based Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) system consists of 50 terminal units composed only of monitor, keyboard, mouse, and adaptor. According to Huawei, the system can save energy and improve efficiency since the terminals do not need a CPU. The company also…

I need a kick-ass business card.

Relevance: 45%      Posted on: August 26, 2006

In the last 2 meetings that I went to, I realized I already ran out of business cards. The 200 pieces I got 18 months ago are all gone. Now I need a new one, actually two, One for the business and another specific to my blogging profession. I need them before I leave for Taiwan in September. Any suggestions for a good shop to print them? I think 250 for each card design would be enough. If you know someplace around Makati who does them well and fast, please point me to the right direction.

CHIP – a tiny computer that only costs $9

Relevance: 45%      Posted on: May 11, 2015

Next Thing Co. recently developed a tiny computer called CHIP that features a 1GHz processor, 512MB RAM, 4GB internal storage and runs on Debian Linux, at a cost starting at only $9. CHIP is a small computer designed to be used by students, teachers, developers, inventors, hackers, or anyone with a DIY computer based project. It comes with a number of ports like composite video, and support for HDMI and VGA out via adapte. It also ha a slew of connectivity features like built-in WiFi and Bluetooth, regular USB, and microUSB with OTG. In addition, it can run for hours…

Lessons learned from a failed internet cafe business

Relevance: 45%      Posted on: October 9, 2011

Several months ago, we finally closed our little internet cafe business. I wrote about the viability of the net cafe business many years ago and actually started one about 2 years ago. Despite its eventual failure, I learned a lot of lessons from that little experiment. I'd like to share these lessons with my readers and, hopefully, it will also help them decide when they want to get into the business in the future. Price Competition is the biggest killer. Filipinos are a very price-sensitive bunch of people. They will look at price as the top consideration. As such, internet…

I’m in the Publishing Business

Relevance: 45%      Posted on: April 13, 2007

J Angelo wrote at the Blog Herald that he's had a hard time explaining what he does for a living. To most people that he talks to, blogging or problogging isn't even a career or is still nowhere near a form of livelihood. As for me, I'd always explain it in really simple terms that 99% of the people I talk to can understand -- I'm in the Publishing business. Here's why: Think of me as a one-man newspaper. When I did a talk over at Nestle Philippines, I explained that as a problogger, there's not much difference between me…

Dell officially quits smartphone business

Relevance: 44%      Posted on: December 16, 2012

Dell has recently announced that it's leaving the smartphone business for now and will shift their focus and attention in making competitive Windows tablets instead. Dell's head of consumer business, Jeff Clarke, recently confirmed at the Dell World conference that it is quitting the smartphone business, saying that "It needs a lot of investments to really be successful." As Clarke sees it, "It’s a content play with Android. Amazon is selling books and Google is making it up with search. So far we couldn’t find a way to build a business on Android." But even after throwing in the towel,…