“ 57/61 St. Vincent Street, Glasgow. 375 PC's. Access from: £1 „
Well I finally got out of that straightjacket and escaped into the big wide world.For my first review away from the home it's only fitting that the subject is the internet cafe in which I'm sitting. The Easyeverything cafe is in a location that will be familiar to all Glaswegians namley the former site of the John Smith's bookshop.This was a Glasgow landmark for years but they clearly could'nt adapt to compete with the Amazons of this world.The shop was great for browsing but in it's place we have this behemouth of an internet cafe situated as close to the centre of town as possible unless they stuck up a portacabin up in George Square.With approximatley 300 screens over three floors each with large monitor and srolling mouse,you know you're onto a good thing. Being a net novice I arrived in some trepidation as the ground floor is usually packed with what appear to be dedicated net heads.The staff are very helpful and their patience must mean that doughballs like me are not in short supply.There are dozens of terminals and even at busy times there are always some free.A monitor at the doorway indicates how far your money goes and you should be looking at between 54 and 182 minutes for £1.At first you always got at least an hour but this has been erroded to 53 minutes or less at busy times.Still it's always packed so market forces are clearly dictating the price. Being slow I thought the time on your card would be static but it's the cash you pay that is reduced not the time.This means that if you buy 7 1/2 for a fiver and stay an hour you'll have £4 left not 6 1/2 hours.This can work both ways and basically means that if you go at quiet times you get more bang for your buck.They also promote a 'dynamic pricing policy' which means your charges are dictated by when you log in.If the rate drops you keep the same tariff but if it increases you get the benefit - a real no lose scenario!. The
system is very straight forward with you simply paying a chosen amount for which you get a numbered ticket.On finding an empty seat you punch in your number,create a password and you'ready to go.The seats are comfy and muted chart sound are pumped in.The monitors are wall mounted at head height and the set up is a joy to use.Broadband connecters mean the pages flash up at speeds unheard of on NTL.Even clunkers like Bananalotto and our favourite Dooyoo ping past like steroids have been added. The cafe is open 24 hours but if you have a life too you simply log off and your unused time is saved for upto 28 days for your next visit.It can even be saved for longer if you 'top up' you password slip.On the downside there is no privacy and the man alongside me is stealing all my great ideas!.I also dislike the manager's pop ups that say stuff like 'Watch your bag' thanks mother!. Food and drink is available from the orange clad staff and the prices are ok - large coke £1.30,large coffee £1.Eating your own grub bought from elsewhere has been banned although I've yet to see anyone collared for this crime,but the prices ar'nt high enough to encourage smuggling!.Other services include down and uploads and printing - with a black and white page costing a hefty 25p - no 'War and Peace' printings here. The piped music (presently Huey Lewis) is no problem,but I am increasingly irritated by peoples' mobiles constantly ringing.Even worse is the people who use the cafe to download ringtones and treat us all to the full repetoire of 'annoying.com'.It's also become a haven for what is known locally as the 'neds'.Bouncers on the door keep order,but be prepared for colourful language,especially downstairs. On the whole a cheap and enjoyable set up that will see me back on a regular basis - I've 6hrs 27 mins left you see...
Having an hour or two to spare a week or so back, my partner and myself called in to the new easyEverything, Internet Cafe in St. Vincent Street, Glasgow. It had only been opened a few days and we went in wondering if the ‘offer’ we had seen in the newspapers was still in operation, - “3 Hours for a Pound”. To our delight it was not simply an 'opening offer’ but a reflection of easyEverything’s pricing policy. Depending on the time of day and the demand for the facilities, easyEverything offers fast and efficient access to the Internet, for £1:00 for three hours. (We could actualy have had three hours and two minutes, at the time we logged on) Excellent, we thought as we paid our pound and found a seat on the first floor. We selected the first floor as, on the ground floor, there had been what we call, “Bump-Bump” music playing at decibels which we found to be rather uncomfortable, to say the least. Upstairs, the music was muted and totally acceptable. On finding a seat, which at that time was no problem, we settled down for a bit of ‘heavy surfing’. We had read that easyEverything offered FAST access speeds and we wanted to find out what ‘their’ idea of FAST was. We need not have worried - the access speed was excellent and the ‘surfing’ went extremely well. We clocked in with the number taken from a ticket, provided by the staff at the front desk and entered our personal pin-numbers. That was it, we were “away with it” as they say here in Glasgow, surfing away, good style. An added bonus, we discovered, was that you do not have to use up all of your time in one session. If you have to log-out for any reason, - or for no other reason than you want to, - you
simply do that and your time is credited to you for future use, - so long as you keep you wee ticket and remember your pin number. We used two of the three hours and went back again this week, - as you can use your ‘time’ any time within twenty-eight days. Addendum: When we went back this week, the music was even LOUDER than before, but, when this was mentioned to a member of staff, the volume was lowered, - over the entire ‘cafe’, So I’m sorry if you were in at the time and were enjoying the sounds . . . we didn’t want it to affect everyone, only the bit where we were sitting, honest! Other than that, the only gripe I have is that there is no word processing facility and you have to get the staff to load your disks on your way out, if you have saved something, - anything! Access to a wee floppy disk would be an added bonus, but then again, I suppose that is me all over, I don’t want much, I just want more! they are called “easyEverything” , after all! GG
The advert for easyEverything Internet surfing cafe, in St Vincent Street says ------ ---- FAST CONNECTION SPEED, ---and that is why myself and GG. decided to give it a try. The new internet cafe has only been going in Glasgow for about 8 weeks and they are still offering 24/7 opening hours, and 3 hours Fast on-line connection for ---- £ 1 Even to a tight fisted Scottish git and a starving lady, this seemed like a good deal. And it is, -- you pay's your pound, get a wee ticket with an entry key number on it, pick a seat, any seat, login using the entry key, make up your own password, and you are in. You can log off at any time and move to another seat if the bloke with the bolt sticking out of his kneck who has just sat down beside you starts growling, or, in our case, we decided to move away from the dreadful piped music which we decided was a pain in the ears ! ( Black - marks for the 10th rate ear destroying canned "alleged" music) Anyway - if you like, you can log off and retain what time is left on your ticket (remember your password), and come back and use that remaining time for up to 28 days. The bright orange and white decor in the cafe can be a bit wearing on the retina, the seats are made from wood, but coffee and food are on offer to compensate, and the big flat screen 17" monitors are a treat to use. Overall, the two hours that we spent rating all of your opinions was enjoyable: Despite the ear destroying "music" the overall feeling is that easyEverything is a definite winner. For £1 for 3 Hours of FAST surfing 24/7 , useable over a 28 day period, how can they lose. If you are in London, Manchester, Edinburgh or Glasgow, we recommend that you give easyEverything a try. ###Update### We have now paid several visits to easyEvery and each time, when we have complained about the music, the management have turned it dow
n - or off. so - credit where it is due ! Give it a try ... auldmac and Glasgow Girl