And for dessert – Wiki on a stick!

For those of you who have a burning desire to have a wiki that you can take with you anywhere, anytime [Wiki on a stick](http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiki_on_a_stick) is for you! The wonderful folks at WikiMedia have put together this article which describes how to load up a memory stick or USB Flash drive (known to some as a memory pencil) with everything you need to run a wiki. The setup looks pretty clean, a full installation of:

* [Apache 2.x](http://www.apache.org/)
* [PHP 5.x](http://www.php.net/)
* [MySQL 4.x](http://dev.mysql.com/)
* [phpMyAdmin 2.6.x](http://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/index.php)
* [ActivePerl 5.x](http://www.activestate.com/Products/ActivePerl/)
* [MediaWiki 1.5.x](http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/MediaWiki) When I started writing this I hadn’t intended to try it out… but my curiosity got the best of me and I gave it a shot **on my iPod(!)** this evening, and within 10 minutes I had the [Uniform Server](http://www.uniformserver.com/) up and running.

[![](/images/wiki_on_a_stick/bluescreen.png)](/images/wiki_on_a_stick/bluescreen.png)

Once I got in to the [admin screen](/images/wiki_on_a_stick/adminscreen.png), after stopping IIS (duh), I was impressed with the amount of control provided in the web-based interface. The interface gave control over all the components of the server (apache, php, phpMyAdmin) and had several other add-on tools as well (version checker, download manager, migration tools, error log viewer). After running through the installation directions in the Wiki on a stick article, I had everything configured and my PocketWiki was born!

[![](/images/wiki_on_a_stick/pocketwiki.png)](/images/wiki_on_a_stick/pocketwiki.png) **Now that I got it… what do I do with it?!** The wiki on a stick implementation has lots of possibilities:

* Portable Training Documentation
* Group Collaboration Platform
* Personal Documentation
* Kiosk (Used with CD-based [WinPE](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WinPE)/[BartPE](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BartPE) for a hard-diskless solution)
* The list goes on…..

Also, the installed package is completely portable. You can pick it up and transfer it to another drive, a PC or even (like I did) your iPOD! Admittedly most wikis will make use of the Internet for collaboration purposes, but if you need a small, self-contained easy-to-deploy wiki solution, check this one out!

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**Key Techie Tidbits…**

* Total Disk Consumption (no articles): 33.3MB
* Total Install time: 10-15mins
* Current Version(s): [Apache 2.x](http://www.apache.org/), [PHP 5.x](http://www.php.net/), [MySQL 4.x](http://dev.mysql.com/), [phpMyAdmin 2.6.x](http://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/index.php), [ActivePerl 5.x](http://www.activestate.com/Products/ActivePerl/), [MediaWiki 1.5.x](http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/MediaWiki)
* Supported OS: Windows 95, 98, Me, NT, 2000, XP, 2003
* OS Note: Should work with other systems as well, but the packages above are the Win32 implementations of the server components (i.e. PHP, MySQL, Perl)
* Supported Environment: Any valid FAT or NTFS partition including removable media. Could be paired up with a Windows-PE instance for a no-hard-drive solution.

Sources:
[WikiMedia Meta](http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiki_on_a_stick)