Celery for old folks?

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on December 14, 2006

Since my column, For Puzzled Seniors Only, appeared, a couple of readers have written me about what they think is a better e-mail solution than the Printing Mailbox from Hewlett-Packard and Presto Services. The Printing Mailbox is a very simple device for receiving e-mail, but has the considerable disadvantage that it cannot be used to send mail.

The alternative they favor is called MyCelery and it uses fax technology as a bridge to email. You install the MyCelery machine in the someone’s home, perhaps an older freind or relative. The MyCelery service redirects e-mail to the machine where it prints out. If you want to use MyCery to send mail, you just write the address at the top of the message, put it in the MyCelery unit, and push a button.

I haven’t actually tried MyCelery but it certainly sounds intriguing. A color unit casts $239 with a year’s service, black & white is $219. If you already have a fax machine, service alone is $139 a year for color and $99 for black & white.

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