An offline wikipedia reader

So, I got one.

 

http://www.thewikireader.com/
https://github.com/wikireader/wikireader

 

I had had one on my Amazon wishlist for some time, but nobody got me one. BoingBoing made a big noise about them, and the pricing-bots shot up the price to $29, so forget about that. It finally dropped back to $10.99 and I was making a purchase, and had some Father’s day checks that I was told I should spend on _me_ so....

 

 

flash the rom to display “don’t panic” on startup

 

It can run FORTH ? !!! http://createuniverses.blogspot.com/2011/03/wikireader-forth-simulator.html

 

 

Needs another SD card to shove Gutenberg into it, and it becomes an ebook reader?
Can other ebooks be formatted to go inside of it?
I’d be interested in that....

 

I should get my dead-wifi-android “phone” up and running again. I just have to manually shove software and things into it.
If I can do it for this, I can do it for that, right?

 

 

things

It also has a couple of hidden features when you hold down a button while powering up. Search throws you a list of forth programs that are mostly diagnostics. There is a little line drawing program that is fun to scribble with, and also a calculator. The calculator can also be accessed by holding down the history button while powering up. Finally, the random button on power up is some sort of serial communication screen.

 

Amazon Product Reviews

 

 

updates

I can’t get the update application to work. It does nothing visible, then quits. Nothing significant seen with -ProcMon

 

The below notes worked great - updated with new wiki, quote, dict, and project gutenberg.

 

Note: You don’t need to download all those Wikis along with Gutenberg. Just download the ones you want.

 

  1. Download the Base Image
  2. English Wikipedia parts 1-5
  3. English Wictionary
  4. English Wikiquote
  5. Project Guttenberg parts 1-4
  6. Use 7-Zip (right-click and choose 7-Zip, Unzip to “foldername”) to unzip the Base, Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Wikiquote, and Gutenberg downloads to separate folders. For the Wikipedia and Guttenberg downloads (with more than one zip file), you only have to tell 7-Zip to unzip the 001 file (enpedia-yyyymmdd.7z.001, and enguten-yyyymmdd.7z.001) and it will automatically unzip all the files in each set.
  7. Delete any existing files and folders on your microSD card.
  8. Copy the unzipped Base Image files (from the base-yyyymmdd folder) onto the microSD card (into the root directory).
  9. Copy the unzipped Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Wikiquote, and Guttenberg folders (enpedia, endict, enquote and enguten) onto the microSD card (they will be subfolders of the enpedia-yyyymmdd, endict-yyyymmdd, enquote-yyyymmdd, and enguten-yyyymmdd folders).
  10. Put the microSD card in your Wiki Reader.

 

 

https://github.com/wikireader/wikireader/wiki/Update-SD-Card-from-Compressed-Images

 

 

Forth

http://createuniverses.blogspot.com/2011/03/wikireader-forth-simulator.html

 

 

link dump - to be sorted and evaluated

https://github.com/wikireader/wikireader/wiki/Structure-of-SD-Card
http://ask.metafilter.com/251523/Updating-a-Wikireader
http://lists.openmoko.org/nabble.html#nabble-td7561600
http://lists.openmoko.org/pipermail/community/2012-November/067706.html
http://forums.parallax.com/archive/index.php/t-136770.html
http://arstechnica.com/civis/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=23546
The power of Wikipedia rendered pointless by the WikiReader
http://toddbot.blogspot.com/2010/05/wikireader-forth-and-hacking.html
http://bookofnorm.blogspot.com/2012/05/15-infinite-e-reader-solar-powered-wiki.html
http://brianna.laugher.id.au/blog/70/updating-my-wikireader-a-tale-of-7-zip
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Openmoko
http://wrdk.seabright.co.nz/
http://yannramin.com/2009/10/16/the-wikireader-cool-device-future-hackability/
http://seabright.co.nz/?s=wikireader
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-Bt4Z9MzIw

 

 

 

See Also

PortableOddities

 

 

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