Oct 26, 2005, 9:26 AM
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Re: [TlxclaClaudia] Anyone from here start an Internet Cafe?
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As someone mentioned here there are computer rental places all over Mexico. Some are cyber cafes. Others merely holes in the wall with a couple of computers. You will have lots of competition, but a good well run cafe will stand out, and if prices are reasonable, and control is maintained then good luck.
One thing not mentioned and perhaps you haven't thought much about is the computer keyboard. English layout keyboards are practically non existant here in Mexico. I have not even been able to order a replacement, and have found it necessary to go the USA and buy the two replacement keyboards when I had to have them. And almost nobody really knows how to operate the Spanish keyboard. For example while the keyboard shows an arroba "@" nobody knows how to use that key so everyone uses the alt+064. Even the owner of my local Computer shop doesn't know how to really use the Spanish keyboard. There are many special keys he cannot operate.
Secondly, your operating programs will be in Spanish on computers bought here, and even after some 15 years and reasonable fluency in Spanish, I find that using a Windows program in Spanish can lead to many difficulties. For example, you need help so you go to Inicio, Ayuda, left click on Buscada, and type in "Open File in indepentent window" and your search comes back empty. OK. So how do you say Open? How do you say File? How do you say Indepentent, How do you say Window? This is a simple example. Some of your searches can be very frustrating.
The same is true on patches. You need to make sure that each patch you try to download is in Spanish because sometimes the English patches, while installing and working most times, do not not install this time. So you now have to search for a Spanish patch, and Microsoft doesn't always have the Spanish patch out early even if it is critical. And you will find that the Spanish operating systems and programs many times are lacking features found in the English versions.
So, I guess what I'm saying is that you need to be pretty hep on computerese. Also that it wouldn't really pay to buy American type machines and bring them here to Mexico. Your clients here would be turned off by the English layout keyboards, and the English instructions of the operating system and programs. You, on the other hand will find difficulties with the Spanish systems.
So you end up making-do, which over the years and on a multiplied computer and client basis can lead to early burn-out.
This is not to discourage you but to help you think a bit about some items not yet considered perhaps.