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08/30/2001 - MerryMac Internet Cafe Serves Bytes

The Sherwood Mall has a new caf?, but you can?t eat the bytes. MerryMac Computer is now MerryMac Computer and Internet Caf?. On the skywalk level in the Sherwood Mall, 500 W Riverside, in the old Japanese Lunchbox space, MerryMac Internet Caf? has been in business since May.

With expansion space enough for up to twenty-four machines, MerryMac currently serves up six cyber-computers hooked to a fast T-1 line. ?Diners? can feast on fast Internet connections, send e-mail, or simply browse. Office programs are available for spreadsheets or word processing. Documents can then be printed, faxed, or copied, but bring your own floppy disks. A CD burner is available for true digital gourmands, or you may bring in your laptop and use the facilities to burn a CD.

Owner, Darrell McDowell plans to add interactive games to the menu in the near future, but he has yet to build the computers that will support game activities. In the meantime, people are making requests for games they?d like to have available, and McDowell is making a list.

The prices at the Cyber Caf? are quite nominal. An hour?s rental is only $5, and you can rent by the hour, half hour, or all day. Another method of payment is to purchase a membership for $15, followed by a $5 monthly renewal. The machines are monitored by ?Cyber Caf? software? that keeps track of the time for each user. If you have paid for an hour, but use only 45 minutes, the machine credits you for the extra minutes. Next time you log on, your 15 minutes will still be there for you to use. This means, you can log off and go for a break without losing your minutes. The software also gives a 5-minute warning. This gives you time to quickly finish your work or sign-up for more time.
MerryMac Computer and Internet Caf? has servers and routers on the premises, but connects to Point-of-Presence at a co-location in the USBank building. Once at the POP connection, there are two 45 Mb (DS-3) pipes out of town. One of these pipes is with Verio; the other is with Global Crossing.

MerryMac builds computers to order. Simply tell them your needs, or tell them how much money you can spend, and they will build the computer of your dreams.

MerryMac Computer and Internet Caf? is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 to 5:00. The Sherwood Mall is closed on weekends and after 6:00. Oh, and if you?d like to bring in lunch, a snack, or coffee to eat while you work at the computer, either the Metro Caf? or City Perks across the skywalk will be more than happy to accommodate.

For more information, call Mark McDowell or Darrell McDowell at 509-624-3935. ? Billie Moreland


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