Sometimes, I get requests from subscribers or even non-subscribers that are unreasonable. I enjoy helping subscribers solve their problems. Of course, my other motivation is that it helps me write my newsletter articles.
Other times, a subscriber thinks I’m his free consultant and wants me to do detailed research — for free — for his planned business.
Take this recent example…the reader wrote:
I am now going to open a Cybercafe in Mumbai, India. I have just heard about the N computing in which we can use several computers by one as a server computer.
I don’t have a more information about this. Initially I just want 6 PC’s in my Cybercafe so I want to know that how can I Use N computing what are the required Hardware for it.
What are the systm recommendation for the server and others Pc’s.
I hadn’t heard of N Computing before, so I did a quick Google search and found a bunch of references. The first one, naturally, was for the company NComputing, who developed the system.
NComputing (www.ncomputing.com) is a proprietary system hardware and software system to allow you to hook monitors, keyboards and mice to devices from NComputing, which then either connect directly to the server or connect via Ethernet.
Its software creates multiple virtual computer sessions running on the server, to allow multiple users to use the server as their computer, all at the same time.
When I referred him to explanatory article at the online encyclopedia Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NComputing), he wrote back to say:
I already have seen that but it is a very long description. I want only short & Precise knowledge about that I don’t want to write any Tutor on it.
Yep, he was too lazy to read the article and wants me (or anyone else) to be his free consultant to research and write the specifications for his business’ equipment. Not likely!
That’s not a very good starting point for someone who wants to run his own computer-based business…