Presto's solution is delightfully simple: plug a Presto Printing Mailbox in at Grandpa's house, connect it to any phone jack, and then sign up for a Presto account, which creates a simple email address for Grandpa (really, for Grandpa's printing mailbox). The mailbox then watches for incoming email to that address and automatically prints anything it receives. You get to fire off notes, reminders and photos to Grandpa as usual, he's thrilled with the printouts.
Handy details: no spam (only approved friends and family can send email to Grandpa), adjustable print settings (if his eyesight isn't what it once was), and the printer uses regular white paper. The printer itself is a vastly simplified version of a regular HP printer; it's easy and obvious how to add paper and change the ink cartridges.
For tech-challenged relatives who struggle with their computers when all they really want is to keep in touch, Presto is a great option.
HP is currently offering a $50 discount on the Presto Printing Mailbox ($99.99 instead of $149.99), and Presto service is $9.99 per month or $99.99 per year.
Win it! One lucky Parenthacker will win a Presto Printing Mailbox and three months of Presto service! Answer the following question in the comments or on your own blog (be sure to share the link to your blog post in the comments), and include your email address in the comment form (your email won't be displayed on the site). I'll choose one winner at random on Sunday, August 5 at 5pm PST. Good luck!
How has email changed how you communicate with your long-distance family?