Although mechanical examples of computers have existed through much of the recorded
human history, the first electronic computers were developed in the mid-20th century (1940-
1945), these were the size of a large room, consuming as much power as several hundred
modern personal computers. Modern computers based on integrated circuits are millions to
billions of times more capable than the early machines, and occupy a fraction of the space. Not
only this, but they were costly and very limited in supply.
The internet café phenomenon was started in July 1991 by Wayne Gregori in San
Francisco when he began SFnet Coffeehouse Network. Gregori designed, built and installed 25
coin operated computer terminals in coffeehouses throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. The
café terminals dialed into a 32 line Bulletin Board System that offered an array of electronic
services including FIDOnet mail and, in 1992, Internet mail. As the years went by the supply of
computers increased and became one of the most important inventions.
An investigation of the factors affecting the demand for the utilization of cybercafé services
among the residents of the Ste. Madeleine Area.
Purpose of the investigation
1) To determine the relationship between the price of computers and the demand for the
utilization of the cybercafé services.
2) To determine the effect of a modernized standard of living (technology) and the demand
for the usage of cybercafé services among the residents of a community.
3) To determine the price elasticity of demand for the use of cybercafé services.
Methods of investigation
The methods of investigation that were used in this research project include:
* Questionnaire- 34 questionnaires were given to persons, 24 questionnaires were returned. This questionnaire was given to persons roughly of ages varying from 13- 30 years from the Ste. Madeleine area.
* Personal... [continues]
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