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Hi all,

I have search the forums, but unable to find anything. I am helping my brother, he is wanting to set up a internet cafe using several mac mini's, but I cannot find any software for the mac to control access, as per internet cafes.

I have been searching for a while but unable to find anything which would be able to use on the mac. Any help would be greatly appreciated, as he would dearly love to sick with apple.


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Welcome to Mac-Forums, Crackers.

By internet café software, what do you mean? Care to elaborate?

I can see people going to an internet café to surf so Safari and Firefox can handle that.

They could use it to send emails so as long as people use a web-based email thingy, they can do that using the web browser.

Maybe print some webpages so I imagine that as long as all the Mac Minis are connected to a printer and that the printer's driver is installed on the server, it would do nicely.

As for chat apps, I think Adium can chat with Macs and Windoze but maybe other members can give you better suggestions.
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Hi and thanks for the warm welcome.

What we are after is software that that can control the time someone is on the internet.

example : I go into the cafe and purchase 1 hour on the internet. I m given a computer terminal to go to - a nice new mac mini with a 24 in Cinema display - I then happily enjoy the internet for my hour. After the hour is up the terminal locks out any access to the internet or applications.

I have used similar type of arrangements before at internet cafes, but they are all PC based.

I hope that makes it a bit clearer.

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Ooh, ok. Like to know how much to charge them for their usage...

Hmm. Sorry I can't help you there.

I was thinking you might want to look at MacUpdate for Timer or something similar but that might not be sophisticated enough for your needs.

Maybe a script? I dunno...

Maybe someone else has a better idea. Good luck!
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I'd do it at the router, not at the computer. Get a router with built-in software for that purpose, one that controls access.

On the computers, just set up a Guest account under Leopard. Use parental controls if necessary.
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I actually looked into this some time ago - there's honestly not much out there for OS X for whatever reason. Seems like an obvious niche, especially considering that OS X (or Linux for that matter) is the perfect platform for something like this (no virus worries, less maintenance, etc).

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EDIT: I just looked at this (it was still in a bookmark folder) and it looks like OS X is no longer supported?! Oops. Sorry for getting your hopes up.
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Digitalscrap, what were the search words you used to find the app you had bookmarked? I'd just be curious to have a go at this.
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Hi all,

It seem a shame that there appears as there is nothing out there. As you have said, they are a great platform and less maintenance.

But I will not give up.... never surrender.
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Well technologist might be on to something. The router suggestion sounds mighty interesting.
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I suppose this may sound horrible to some, but how about just doing it the old fashioned way: have people plunk down some money for a certain amount of time and you brother or whoever is working there keep track and tell them to take a hike when time is up. (ok, maybe be a little more friendly, but you get the gist)

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Just a quick update, I have found an app that looks the bee's knee's.

iCafe

Made by a German crowd for the mac.

Looks like a start anyway.
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Excellent stuff! Thanks for reporting back and helping others! Very cool of you, sir.
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