ARRIVED safely in Dominica after five hour bash to windward in 25-30 knots and 7 foot seas, per usual. Off to beach bar for hard earned beer.
If you read this blog regularly, you’ll have noticed that we occasionally put up short posts characterized by multiple typos and an astounding lack of punctuation. These posts were composed on and posted from Pip’s Kindle.
We’ve been shocked by how many people out here doing the same thing have NO IDEA that they can get FREE – yes, FREE – internet anywhere there’s a 3G cell signal (which is, so far, everywhere we’ve been) with the Kindle. So we decided to do a post for those of you who are sitting there saying, WHAT? Free internet? Sign me up!
First, you have to buy the older, cheap-ass version of the Kindle that is 3G enabled. The good news is, it’s cheap. Ours was $79 a year ago. The later versions, while fancier e-book readers, are wifi-only, so you can’t mooch off the 3g connection to use the “experimental” web function.
From the home page, click on “Menu” and then “Experimental” and then “Launch Browser.” Ta-dah. Interwebs.
Now, it’s important to note that this is interwebs circia 1996; it’s slow as molasses, doesn’t load tables well, won’t open multiple windows and won’t play any fancy Flash or the like. And you’re going to have to type on an eensie-weensie little keyboard and do convoluted gymnastics to insert symbols, like, say, COMMAS. But it will allow you to use Wikipedia, check the weather, send and receive email (but no attachments…) and mebbie even update your blog.
Did I mention that all that is FREE? Oh, and you can get bazillions of FREE classic books. For FREE. I ? the Kindle.
(Edit: you want to switch to the HTML version of Gmail or it reloads all the time.)