Sunday, May 07, 2006

Technology: offline tools

Now that I have a broadband connection, I almost forget how I used the web in Takoradi (with an unreliable dial-up connection). Basically doing as much as possible offline and hoping you'd not have large attachments (or when there were large attachments, hoping the connection would not be broken).

Via Kwami Ahiabenu I this information about a tool which enables you to search the net while being offline. It sounds very appropriate for unreliable internet access situation, and is called Webaroo. Kwami said: "You need to download packs of data into your library. I downloaded the "world news" pack (about 64MB), then disconnected my machine from the network and did a few quick searches. Firstly, most of the news was sourced from the US or UK, with most major news outlets were present in the search results. Secondly, what was quite handy is that Webaroo keeps a cache of the full-story pages so you can see them as they appeared on the site they come from. You can set your account preferences to update automatically when your computer is online, so that takes a lot of the hassle out of the update process. Webaroo also supports mobile devices. As a frequent traveler to places with little or no connectivity, this is a great tool and I see myself using it a lot. "

Nynke Kruiderink shared another tool which allows you to search the web by email: web2mail
"Web2Mail Lite even enables you to search the web by email. For example, to search for "peanuts" send an email to with the subject "search peanuts" in your email message. We will use a popular search engine to perform your search then reply to you with your search results, usually within 5 minutes. "

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