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]( 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](
* [PHP 5.x](
* [MySQL 4.x](
* [phpMyAdmin 2.6.x](
* [ActivePerl 5.x](
* [MediaWiki 1.5.x]( 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]( up and running.


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]([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](, [PHP 5.x](, [MySQL 4.x](, [phpMyAdmin 2.6.x](, [ActivePerl 5.x](, [MediaWiki 1.5.x](
* 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.

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