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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Wikipedia to be made available offline

"The deal will give users access to Wikipedia's more than 3.8m articles even when they are not online, via a searchable six megabyte web pack."

What's the point? Do you remember how useless Microsoft Encarta seemed once people started having access to the internet? Surely this is just as redundant. There can't be many times these days when you're going to need a computer-based encyclopaedia and you don't have internet access. I can’t think of any.

It's also not clear how they're going to fit 3.8 million articles into six meg. But the fact that they can may be the only reason why they're going to.

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