Internet on the go

Daniel Pataki
Dec 18, 2007
Updated • Feb 14, 2013
Gmail, Mobile Computing

The problem with the net is that there isn't a sure-fire way to ensure that you will actually have access to it anywhere. If you have Wi-fi you are quite well of, but of course only near cities and towns. Even then, if you find hotspots you're fine, but otherwise no internet for you.

There are ways to get to the net even in remote places, but these are far from sure and very expensive. If you really want to be able to reach a chunk of the net the best way is to just download the thing on to your hard drive.

My favorite app for this is Webaroo. It simply downloads pages or web packs and you can reach them even when offilne. You can choose to download the pics, videos and all other content. The greatest feature is the web pack and synchronization feature. With web packs, you get access to specific content on the web. There are a few available on the Webaroo home page, just download them and you can surf on the go. When you go online again these pages will be synchronized for your next offline viewing pleasure.
I am using it to write posts for example.

I usually use Google Reader and Gmail together but now, for my European Roadtrip I am throwing Webaroo in the mix. I just go to a page I want to write about and save the page, saving all links 1 link deep. This means I can visit any page the site has linked to.


How's that for productivity for you? Being productive on the net, without actually having internet access! The only downside is that since it's an app that launches inside your browser you don't get the flexibility of desktop apps. You can't organize into a folder structure, which would be nice, and I'm sure you'll all notice some shortcomings. Apart from these this is a great and useful tool.


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  1. Man On The Street said on December 19, 2007 at 8:27 am

    Looks interesting but here seems to be no real tech info on the site.

    Does it install a service?

    Is the portable version really portable (no / minimal / temporary access to the registry)?

    You’re using FF as the default offline browser?

    Why would Webaroo be any different from other web copier products already out there that also allow for offline browsing?

    Please explain more …

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