It took a few days, but I have downloaded a static copy of Wikipedia.
It’s slightly out-of-date, but there is something cool about knowing there is a complete copy, of more knowledge than I can possibly read, on my laptop, currently in my backpack.
I know there are faster and more efficient ways to download, but I wanted to get a sense of what it would take to download something substantial with basic knowledge, a web browser and a poor internet connection. As expected, it was a almost a week of waiting and frustration. Chrome was useless, Firefox was better, but I still ended up wasting large chunks of data.
The flip side of this is that I have a stronger sense that CanJamEx can make a real contribution. We can contribute with some basic hardware, and also some basic experience.
I would love to take my backpack of info into the Blue Mountains of Jamaica. Better yet, some knowledge of bit torrents, one good connection on the island and a bunch of hard-drives, and my feelings of accomplishment could be spread to others at very low cost.