CafeList Blog - Coffee/Tea News, Events, Resources

The official blog of

Monday, February 27, 2006

Dos & Don'ts for Coffee Shop Internet Access


• Consider a regulated Wi-Fi Internet system where customers sign into a Web site run by a reputable vendor to reaches the Internet. (Similar to most hotel Wi-Fi systems) This can discourage hackers and help secure and track customers.

• Use a computer service company to manage the network.


• Keep sensitive documents or financial information on any computer wirelessly connected to your customers.

• Use the same computer to run the company's business and Wi-Fi Internet access for customers, especially if one computer also processes credit card transactions or online banking.

For Customers


• Install a personal firewall on your computer.

• Consider paying for Hot Spot access. Many sites charge one-time or ongoing fees for access, and thus are less likely hacker targets. • Ask free access providers about security issues before turning on your computer.

• Turn off "file sharing" on your computer. This helps seal your files from others on the network. This can be done in the "folder options" or "network connections" area of your computer's control panel.

• Ask your company if they have installed a Virtual Private Network. All communications across a VPN are encrypted, so your interaction with your company network will remain hidden, though other actions on your computer are not affected by VPN.

• Password-protect sensitive files.


• Keep your wireless device on if you are not connected to the network. Turning off your computer or removing your wireless card when logged off will help protect your files from those who are on the wireless network.

• Perform any financial transactions in a Hot Spot.

• Send private or sensitive information over a wireless connection. Imagine that everything you send over a network is printed on a postcard, for all the world to see.

• Assume a potential data or identity thief is visible. Just because you don't see another computer user in the coffee shop does not mean there isn't one in the above apartment or in a car outside the shop.

• Let your anti-virus software expire - An unprotected computer will be infected with a virus or spyware within about 15 seconds of being on-line.

• Ignore your Windows update box. When the small box in the lower right hand corner of your computer tells you that updates are available, always take the opportunity to update your system and protect your identity.

» Source

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Chinese Tea 101

Chinese Tea 101 is not just another copied-and-pasted-together site you find on the internet, and it wouldn't sound authoritarian like a lot of Chinese tea books. It's first-hand Chinese tea experience of Kam and a group of happy tea drinkers'. It's something you can follow and practice yourself.

For the first few decades in Kam's existence, he thought Chinese tea was just flavored water. If there wasn't any tea around, a can of the cheapest coke would even be better.

In the Autumn of 2000, a tea shop owner approach him for help to bring teas online. It was straightly business for the first quarter. But as Kam got to learn more about tea and tea brewing while trying out all the nice teas in the shop, he realized he did it all wrong for the first half of his life.

There seems to be a gene in Kam that dances to the aroma and flavor of good Chinese tea. And the thinker in Kam gets sharpened in the process of brewing tea.

By putting together, Kam likes to share this physical, as well as spiritual, experience with you.

Actors at Tea Shops

The first paragraph of this article states: "The teashop is situated on the 35th Street near Waziya Movie Theatre in Yangon. Movie directors, shooting managers and actors usually gather here starting from 8 am every morning. This is the place where talks among directors, company managers and actors are made for casting and starring. The people range from scriptwriters to actors. There are a lot of actors who were able to become actors from this teashop...."

This is cool. I am sure there are places like that in Hollywood or New York. You just have to be lucky enough to find them. You need to be even luckier if you want celebrities to frequent your tea shop of coffee shop.