This creates a custom wallpaper fetching the information from Yahoo Weather and from you calendar from Google!
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Kindle weather and calendar displayer

Author: Pablo Jiménez Mateo


Do you use a Kindle and hope that the wallpapers could be more useful? Well, that has just changed, with this program you will display the weather and some task to do retrieved from Yahoo Weather and Google calendar!

You can see a preview in the preview.png file

Based on the idea of Matthew Petroff:


Note that you need a server for this, a Raspberry Pi is more than enough

You should have previously Jailbreaked you kindle ( and enabled the "screensavers" folder (


In the Kindle

  • Move the file kindle/ to /mnt/us/ and add rights
    scp root@

    chmod 755 /mnt/us/
  • Mount the partition in Read/Write
    mntroot rw
  • Edit the crontab file and append your job
    vi /etc/crontab/root 
    50 6 * * * /mnt/us/

In the server

You must edit the following files:


You need to open the file programs/parse_ical and put your .ical URL in the variable ICAL_URL

To get your .ical for parse_ical go to and follow the instructions


You need to open the file programs/parse_weather and put your city code in the variable CODE

To get your city code for parse_weather go to, search your city and get the last numbers.

As an example my city code would be 756804

You may need to change your path if you are not using the default yourserver/kindle structure.

General configuration

Finally you should create a folder in your webserver readable by your kindle when trying to download it (In this example would be yourserver/kindle):

    sudo mkdir /var/www/kindle
    sudo chown www-data:www-data /var/www/kindle
    sudo chmod 755 /var/www/kindle

Give the script launch permissions:

    chmod 755

Append the cronjob some minutes before the one in the Kindle:

    crontab -e 
    30 6 * * * /path/to/

This program is licensed under Creative commons Attribution 3.0 Unported, more info :