Should I get my mum a Kindle?

Paul Johnson paul at
Wed Sep 21 12:26:15 BST 2011

On Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 03:39:31PM +0100, David Cantrell wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 02:33:10PM +0100, Dave Hodgkinson wrote:
> > On 20 Sep 2011, at 14:21, Edmund von der Burg wrote:
> > > Perhaps an iPod Touch with some cloud syncing so you can put music
> > > onto it? No idea about the details though but if my toddler can work
> > > an iPad your Mum should be able to too :)
> > No, he said there's no wifi in the house. iPhone was my first thought
> > or maybe iTouch plus one of those 3G->wifi dongledoofers.
> The great thing about a Kindle is that there's no monthly cost for the
> data.

I'm not very familiar with the Kindle, but I believe it can be rooted.
Perhaps it could be configured to set up a reverse ssh tunnel to one of
your machines on occasion.  From there you could upload or configure
whatever you wanted.

Otherwise a cheap Android handset running CyanogenMod or something
similar could do the same, though in that case you would need an
appropriate mobile contract, of course.  The Orange San Francisco was
going for under a ton a year or so ago.  There may well be better
deals/phones around now.  Though this is all getting dangerously close
to owning a computer.

Paul Johnson - paul at

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