“ 58 Rose Street, Edinburgh (30 seconds walk from the National Gallery),Number of PCs: 450, Access from: £1 „
I was in town one day when I passed the Easy Everything Internet Cafe in Edinburgh on Rose Street and I decided to go in for a try as it is a relatively new place here. PRICES _______________ I walked in and asked for an hour of surfing online time which was £2 for me and I was then handed my little bit of paper with my code to get onto a computer. Single Logon Ticket Logon once only at 50p Current UK price = 50p Multiple Logon Ticket Logon as many times as desired over the next 30 days at £1 Current UK price = from £1 24 Hour Pass Unlimited access for 24 hours from logon. Current UK price = from £2 30 Day Pass Unlimited access for the next 30 days. Current UK price = from £7 Advance Purchase Monthly Pass Current UK price = from £1 APPEARANCE __________ The cafe is generally big with lots of room upstairs and quite a lot downstairs. I like the way it is set out in rows with a chair neatly put at every screen. There is an LCD at every section about 10 screens a row. As soon as you sit down you can type in your code and then automatically you are online and then there is the timer at the bottom which says how long you have left to surf. ACCESSORIES ___________ There are not really many accessories here but there is a phone at every computer which I think is for help, I never ever found out. I was happy when I saw a webcam above every computer, I didn't know how to work this so I asked for help. The man helped me to take a picture, but at first when he clicked on webcam it told me I had about 15 minutes left because it had taken money so he had to fix it, then it worked fine after. I think to use a webcam it's best to ask someone. I e-mailed every picture to my hotmail account so that when I got home I could see the pictures and show people them. HELP _____ If you need help be
cause of any problems, there are always workers lurking about the place that will assist you. They know everything about the computers and so there are never any serious problems which cannot be fixed. CONCLUSION __________ I think it is great that here in Edinburgh we've got an internet cafe because we don't really have that many good things. It's a great modern place and is really popular always quite busy and it's great if you don't have online access at home. I think that it's an easy place to get to it's right in the city centre and anyone can get in there.
How easy are you?? Very Easy?? I found out the hard way that not only am I easy, I'm an EasyTarget at EasyEverything. I'll tell you my sob story, then give you the general chat on EasyEverything.... Ok, well lucky me - I get a free internet connection in my office, which is nice. However, now and then my service provider crashes (totalise btw - total amateurs in my opinion!), and I have to pop round to the EasyEverything to check my mail and of course those crucial dooyoo miles. Everywhere you look, there are signs up saying 'theives operate in this area, guard your posessions at all times' - well,like, DUH!! Do they think I am stupid or something? I am full aware of the risks, thank you very much and I certainly don't need to be mothered by a bunch of geeks!! Not content to display these signs on the walls and in the toilets - they even pop them up onscreen as you surf - how utterly annoying. I thought. Until last week, when I was walking home from EasyE, and put my hand in my bag - only to realise that my wallet was gone. Readers, I woz robbed. In broad daylight, as I typed away on my keyboard, oblivious to my surroundings. I had been careful! Honestly - I had tucked my bag between my feet, and looked down periodically to make sure all was well. Some chancer actually had the brass neck to slip a theiving, criminal hand into my bag even as it sat between my feet!!! All I can say is that my first reaction was anger (with myself and with the choring get who nicked my wallet) and then.... extreme mortification. How could I have been so STUPID!! I was embarrassed explaining what had happened to everybody. I reported the theft to the managers at EasyE, they were sympathetic but totally unsurprised. They probably deal with thefts every day. I felt like a total numpty. Lucky for me, there was only a tenner in my walle
t, and nothing personal like photos or anything. (Mini-opinion: I must give credit to the Royal Bank of Scotland and dear old Barclaycard - they cancelled and replaced my cards with amazing efficiency. 'Credit to Barclaycard' - har har! It's the story of my life!) Anyway - that was just a wee cautionary tale. Don't be a chump like me - put your wallet on the desk as you work, so it's in sight at all times. You simply don't realise how focused on the screen you will become, making you a prime target for petty crims. OK - now the general spiel: EasyEverything is of course the internet cafe run by Stelios the Greek, the bloke behind EasyJet airlines and other budget operations. I wholly support what this man is doing in general - ie, challenging the big boys to lower their prices, making life sweeter for us little people. Edinburghs other internet caff provision focuses more on quality cappuccino and trendy decor than affordable prices - Cyberia on Hanover Street serves a mean cuppa but charges 2.50 per half hours access!! Sorry, but this is just too much money. You need at least an hour to write a decent op, and frankly what use is a half hour anyway? You're logging out before you've even got started. At the EasyE, you get roughly an hour for a pound. And I do mean roughly! The time that a pound buys you fluctuates constantly, depending on how many users are logged on at once. This Saturday afternoon I'm only getting a measly 33 minutes for my quid, which is pretty unimpressive - but still way better than most other caffs. There is a newly introduced policy at EasyE that you must buy a minimum of 2 pounds credit to start with, though you can top this up a pound at a time. Also, you don't need to use all your credit at once. Remember your password, keep your ticket and you can log on at any time in the next 28 days. You will never be without an internet conne
ction, as there are literally hundreds of terminals, and EasyE is open 24 hours a day. There are heaps of other services on offer, too. All terminals now have webcams (use them for an extra charge) and there are cheap international phone lines too. You can buy headphones, all you MP3 addicts, and my groovy Mum tells me that the management will download your tunes to compact disc at a very reasonable cost. But for peeps like me who simply do the basic surf thing, I do think that EasyE can't be beat on price or service. Now for the bad stuff...! As I said, there are dodgy characters hanging around here. Theives abound. There are no barriers between your legs and those of the person sitting on the other side of the partition. I personally think this adds to the security risk. But theives are not the biggest problem here! No, sadly it's the rampaging teenagers. Let's face it, they can do lots of horny chat and surf the latest Britney gossip for less than the cost of a Big Mac - you can't blame them for flocking here in their millions. And flock they do! Be prepared to overhear the most banal shreiking conversations from the girls (sample quote, 'EEEEEEK SHARON HE SAYS HES GOT A BIG STIFF ONE WHAT'LL I SAY EEEEEK!!!) and sniggering grunts from the boys - bless. Ok next gripe. The desks provided by EasyE are lamentably narrow - not much wider than the keyboard. If you need to take notes from anything onscreen, you'll need to do it on your lap. And though it's nice of them to provide toilet facilities - these are pretty minging I'm afraid, and you'll be fighting your way through those teens too. And one last moan! There is a fairly decent cafe facility provided, but the don't serve any hot drinks that don't contain caffeine! Ie, no decaf coffe, no herbal teas. Which is bad news for me, as caffiene sets off my evil skin condition (see op on same
!) and I have to avoid it. I usually buy a decaf in Starbucks and bring it in, which means I miss out on the great EasyE prices - it's a quid for all coffees and tea. Mind you, they do stock a good selection of sweets (chunky kitkats, etc) for 60p, which isn't bad. Overall, I do like EasyE, and I continue to come here regardless of my recent humiliation! I do wish they would sort out some of the facilities though, just to make this place a bit more civilised - perhaps it's just a case of getting what we pay for? Note: there are crazy deals through the night - four hours for a pound and so on - but do be careful, as the dodgy characters tend to come out after dark ;) Happy, cheap surfin' y'all!
The new kid on the internet block in Edinburgh is EasyEverything the only Easjet affiliated internet cafe outside of London, on Rose Street, at the heart of town. It is far and away the cheapest cafe in Edinburgh (prices start at £1 for anything from 1-6 hours depending on the time of day or night), has hundreds of terminals, a coffee and snack bar and is open 24 hours a day. I have found the machines to be reliable and the staff friendly and helpful, if a little overworked. All you do is get a unique number which you buy for a pound and then keep topping that number up as and when, the only condition being that cash loaded on it expires after 28 days. All in all it is handy and cheap, especially if you avoid peak times.