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Offline Wikipedia : Download Portable Wikipedia


Always wanted to use wikipedia without the internet ? Want to carry wikipedia on your flash drive ? It is possible to do so. WikiTaxi is a free software which enables you to read, browse through wikipedia articles when offline. You do not need the Internet connection once you download the wiki pages using the software. WikiTaxi uses compression to make sure that database does not become too large. One can easily carry the English wikpedia on a 8 GB USB flash disk.


WikiTaxi does not need to be installed. You can just extract the .zip file from the downloaded file. WikiTaxi only creates a .ini file which is present in the folder with the .exe file. So the software does not modify the Windows and also does not use any database engine or html browser.

Downloading a Wikipedia Backup

1. Click on the .exe file.

2. You are greeted by a welcome screen. Move down to Download the Wiki backup section. It contains links to popular downloads. For the smallest download click on Simple English.

3. There appears a list of simplewiki backups by date. Select the latest one. Click on the directory latest.

4. Scroll to find the file implewiki-latest-pages-articles.xml.bz2 and download this file. This will contain all the articles, templates, image descriptions, and primary meta-pages for the wiki.

Extract Wiki articles to Wiki database

1. After the xml file has been downloaded you’ll need to extract the articles to a database.Open the file WikiTaxi_Importer.exe. This has to be done just once.

2. In the importer window , select the downloaded xml file. Also select the destination for database file.

3. After this, just click on the import button.

View the WikiTaxi Databse

1. To view the WikiTaxi database, double on WikiTaxi .exe

2. A list of all downloaded directories are shown in the window. Click on the the downloaded directory.

3. Now use the search feature same as in Wikipedia to search for a specific topic.

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Download Firefox 3.6 Beta 1 ready with accelerometer support


Firefox 3.6 Build 1 is now officially available for download as released by 20070520-firefox_logoMozilla though Mozilla developers are attaching warnings with that saying “A beta is indeed available, but I would like to clarify that the Beta programme for Firefox 3.6 has not yet launched; this is a test build, not necessarily Firefox 3.6 Beta 1.”

Certain new features

though firefox 3.6 has numerous new features whwn it came out like faster JavaScript rendering engine, improved start-up speeds and eye-candy such as preview panes in the default Ctrl+Tab scrolling. The beta version has tried to build over it. The start up from cold boot has gotten much faster , not a glaring delay as before. ( dowload here : download )

“A small preview pane, much like what you would get with Alt+Tab in Windows, shows up with all your tabs in it. Quite handy, but not a feature that wowed us given that other extensions were already doing this.”
Windows 7 is fully efficient to run this version.
Another feature is ability to detect orientation of device it is run on by using the accelerator to render web pages that support the same. The browser can detect whether the accelerator within the notebook is moving or is static and in landscape or portrait mode – and it adjusts itself automatically.
here is a video :

[via : digit]

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