Net Xpress: Danville opens doors to cybercafe

July 04, 2004|SHEILA J. CLARK

First things first, Happy Birthday America! Today marks the 228th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Now on to something else Danville can celebrate, the opening of its first public cybercafe. The Three Babes and a Monkey Gift Shop and Cafe officially opened Tuesday. The cafe is located at 127 N. 4th St. next door to the new Subway.

Right away I was intrigued by the shop because of its name, as I am a longtime monkey lover. On my recent visit to the cafe, in the short time that I was there I was taken in by its ambiance. It was inviting, relaxing, visually stimulating and it made you feel right at home all at once. I didn't get a chance to test out any of the menu items but I'm sure I'll be stopping by again soon after checking out their menu. YUM!

The business will provide tasty eats, gifts and other treats including wireless Internet access which will be added to the menu in the near future.


They are open 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Their phone number is (859) 236-6642.

The owners are Susan Coleman, Lauren Serey and Tammy Spurlin. You've guessed right if you wondered if they were the three babes in the cafe's name. As for the monkey, well, you'll have to look for more on the cafe in a coming issue of the Advocate or drop by the cafe to find the answer to that one.

Hometown bargains

Our local Dollar Tree has computer lights in stock for only $1. The lights are powered via a USB port. They have a swivel neck for easy of adjustment with a built-in clip and a small cord. They make a great extra light source for laptop users.

Free stuff

The Internet offers a ton of software that is free of charge. However, finding the software isn't always the easiest task. TheOpenCD project makes that task an easy one. The latest release of TheOpenCD is a collection of 22 free, top-notched open source software. All of the programs can be run in Windows and allow computer users to accomplish the most common computer-related tasks including word processing, presentations, e-mail, Web browsing, Web design, image manipulation and gaming. Download a copy of the ISO image to burn a CD of the programs at

VoIP update

On June 21, Skype, a free telephony service, released a Skype client for Linux users. Skype is a service by the same folks behind Kazaa, the peer-to-peer file-sharing service. Currently Skype only allows calls to and from other Skype users. In the near future, they plan to launch their SkypeOut service which will allow their users to call to regular phones. Learn more about Skype at

MSN Live chat events

July 6: Actress Alexa Vega, best known for her roles in the "Spy Kids" movies, chats about her role in her new film "Sleepover" at 6:30 p.m.

Net buzzz

* Mozilla and Opera, two popular Web browsers are coming together to standardize plug-ins for browsers. The companies jointly submitted the Web Forms 2.0 specification to the Web consortium back in May. The specification targets Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser. Read more.

Sites to see

Visit the Fourth of July Party site. It's not too late to organize a Fourth of July party. The site features some fun things you can plan for both kids and adults.

Independence Day links can be found at

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