Thanks for all the advice, Ben. But could I just use the computers at my local library "to either transfer files from my external hard drive and help manage my content", rather than a computer of my own? I am taking a long break from having the Internet at home, I will have it back one day, but not for a while. And if I have a device that is Internet capable. it would be all too easy to, in a moment when my resolve is temporarily weakened, just go down the road and get a cheap 'n easy usb modem Internet plan, and get connected again. I actually gave my smart phone away to my brother to look after, I am using an old mobile phone for phone calls now. Even the smart phone has had to go. The Internet is full of interesting rabbit holes for my intellect to journey down, and it has sucked away so much time from me (due primarily to my social isolation, lack of work, etc, which tend to draw me in to the online world as an escape). So I really do need, for now, a device that is incapable of accessing the net, but that can access info from a portable mass storage device (external hard drive, yes?), and when a comoputer is needed only using the ones at the local library (which is not a very nice place to spend all day on the net, and that's good from my perspective, it means I don't end up all day on the Internet!)Ben wrote:...
With any e-reader or tablet, I think you will need to have a home computer to either transfer files from your external hard drive and help manage your content. For both iPad and kindle you can sync between devices so that your books are available to you on your computer, iPad/kindle and smartphone. And if you have Internet access, you can have access anywhere.
I hope that helps.
manas wrote:...can, however, be plugged into one of those external hard drives which can hold a vast amount of information. I could put into it the entire ATI website (for example), pali learning aids, the entire pali canon...many possibilities. So, I would go to the local library (which is where I am typing this post from), download stuff onto the external HDrive, and build up a vast library of useful, wholesome information that I could then take home, to be accessed at will. It would become like a vast, searchable library, without the need for an entire roomful of actual, paper books.
Ben wrote:If I were you, I would deal with your Internet addiction a little differently...
LonesomeYogurt wrote:You could easily just get a laptop and pay like 20 bucks to have the internet functionality removed. Would that work?
Ok, the three main questions: is there an e-reader (or similar device) that would be able to 1.not be able access the Internet at all, yet 2. properly be able to display pali fonts (in the manner of the ATI site, for example; and without scrambling up or putting a box in place of certain letters, as I have seen done on my old phone sometimes, and 3. be able to be plugged in to one of those external hard drives that can hold masses of information.
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