I tried one of the suggestions and broke the OS. I've noted this before when trying out things that aren't specifically for the particular thing one tries to do. I spent the last hours reinstalling the OS and setting it up.
I have an iPhone4 running iOS 7
I have PC running LinuxMint 17.1
On the iPhone I have an app called Pixter that takes photos and runs an ocr which produces a pdf.
I want to be able to, in as few steps as possible, as simply as possible, without using anything but a cable between the two appliances, download the pdf from the iPhone4 to the PC to use in various documents.
What I do is I set about writing something while also referring to books.
Sometimes I find a paragraph I want to quote.
Rather than typing it I want to be able to simply take a snap of the text with the iPhone4, ocr it and zip it into the doc I'm writing.
I'm hoping there is a ready way that one can do this with the iPhone4 and the PC using a cable.
[ Failing that there seems to be plenty of documentation on how to set up a private mailserver in Linux. If I did that and installed a WiFi card in the PC it should be possible to use the Pixter feature of sending the pdf to myself by WiFi as an email. ]