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<center><big>'''Welcome to the computer history wiki!'''</big>
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<center><h2>'''Welcome to the Computer History Wiki!'''</h2>
  
This is the Computer History Wiki, a knowledge base about historic computers which anyone can edit. Currently, we've got [[Special:Statistics|{{NUMBEROFARTICLES}}]] articles!
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This is the Computer History Wiki, a knowledge base about historic computers which anyone can join in order to edit. (Due to past problems with spam, anonymous editing and automatic account creation have had to be disabled.)
  
<big> [[:Category:Computers|Systems]] • [[:Category:Software|Software]] • [[:Category:Computer Manufacturers|Manufacturers]] • [[Operating Systems]] • [[:Category:Network protocols|Networking]]]] • [[Help:Contents|Help]]</big>
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Currently, we've got [[Special:Statistics|{{NUMBEROFARTICLES}}]] articles!
  
For an introduction to MediaWiki syntax and CHW conventions, please see [[Help:Contents|Help]].
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<big> [[:Category:Computers|Systems]] • [[:Category:Peripherals|Peripherals]] • [[:Category:Software|Software]] • [[:Category:Computer Manufacturers|Manufacturers]] • [[:Category:Operating Systems|Operating Systems]] • [[:Category:Network Protocols|Networking]] • [[:Category:Tutorials|Tutorials]] • [[Other Resources]]</big>
  
 
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For an introduction to MediaWiki syntax and Computer History Wiki conventions, please see [[Help:Contents|Help]].
==Introduction by the sysadmin==
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This wiki is an experiment by me to create a means for knowledgeable people to enter their information into some kind of a knowledge base, however, not including the relatively formalized tone and style imposed by Wikipedia. Sentences starting with "I seem to recall" are perfectly welcome here - and articles do '''not''' have to be in the descriptive, encyclopedic style Wikipedia enforces. On the contrary, I would ''prefer'' that a lot of the articles be references, guides, helpful hints, suggestions, tutorials, etcetera.
 
  
My desire to set up this English wiki stems from my frustration with adding information to a Norwegian wiki, the [http://www.nodaf.no Norwegian Computer History Society wiki], and realizing that my content would be reachable only to a very limited audience - Scandinavians, at best.
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==Introduction by the Administrators==
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This wiki is an experiment to create a means for knowledgeable people to enter their information into some kind of a knowledge base.  This is however, not the relatively formalized tone and style imposed by Wikipedia. Sentences starting with "I seem to recall" are perfectly welcome here - and articles do '''not''' have to be in the descriptive, encyclopedic style Wikipedia enforces. On the contrary, it is ''preferred'' that many of the articles be references, guides, helpful hints, suggestions, [[:Category:Tutorials|tutorials]] and so on.
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If you have any information you want to contribute to this wiki, '''please, contribute it'''. We'd much rather remove or modify a dozen potentially unsuited submissions than miss out on a single good one.  We hope this wiki grows into a useful resource for everyone interested in classic computing, no matter what their level of knowledge may be; it is meant to be all-encompassing.  -- [[User:Toresbe|Tore]] & [[User:Lucky|Lucky]] 16:11, 16 May 2007 (PDT)
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==Getting an account==
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As noted above, due to past problems with spam, you need an account to edit. [[User:Toresbe|Tore]], who handles requests for accounts filed via the system, is often busy, but I too am happy to create accounts - just email me (jnc at alum dot mit dot edu). Please let me know what account name you'd like, and what email address to associate with it, and I'll try and get right to it. The system will send you an email with a temporary password; if you don't see it, and I have sent you an acknowledgement, check your spam-traps: we've had issues with that. [[User:Jnc|Jnc]] ([[User talk:Jnc|talk]]) 15:33, 22 October 2017 (CEST)
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==Wanted Pages==
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If you're not sure what to add, the [[Special:WantedPages|Wanted pages]] page is always a good place to start! Right at the moment, two [[Apple II]] pages, and a [[Windows]] page, are top of the list. So if you have any expertise there, please weigh in! [[User:Jnc|Jnc]] ([[User talk:Jnc|talk]]) 21:44, 2 August 2017 (CEST)
  
If you have any information you want to contribute to this wiki, '''please, do it'''. I'd much rather remove or modify ten or twenty bad submissions than miss out on a single potentially good one.
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I hope this wiki could grow into a useful resource at some point, for everyone interested in classic computing, on all points of the knowledge scale. I realize that there are more specific wikis for Commodore and Amiga and so on, but this is an effort to be a more general computing history wiki.
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Though the current URL is of course temporary, this is an experiment to see if people actually make edits to this system and find it useful. If it "catches on", I will of course register a domain with an appropriate name. (My threshold for "catches on" is quite low - worst case scenario, this becomes a one-user CMS; I'd write this on my homepage if it wasn't in a Wiki. :)
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Latest revision as of 15:34, 22 October 2017

Welcome to the Computer History Wiki!

This is the Computer History Wiki, a knowledge base about historic computers which anyone can join in order to edit. (Due to past problems with spam, anonymous editing and automatic account creation have had to be disabled.)

Currently, we've got 1,095 articles!

SystemsPeripheralsSoftwareManufacturersOperating SystemsNetworkingTutorialsOther Resources

For an introduction to MediaWiki syntax and Computer History Wiki conventions, please see Help.

Introduction by the Administrators

This wiki is an experiment to create a means for knowledgeable people to enter their information into some kind of a knowledge base. This is however, not the relatively formalized tone and style imposed by Wikipedia. Sentences starting with "I seem to recall" are perfectly welcome here - and articles do not have to be in the descriptive, encyclopedic style Wikipedia enforces. On the contrary, it is preferred that many of the articles be references, guides, helpful hints, suggestions, tutorials and so on.

If you have any information you want to contribute to this wiki, please, contribute it. We'd much rather remove or modify a dozen potentially unsuited submissions than miss out on a single good one. We hope this wiki grows into a useful resource for everyone interested in classic computing, no matter what their level of knowledge may be; it is meant to be all-encompassing. -- Tore & Lucky 16:11, 16 May 2007 (PDT)

Getting an account

As noted above, due to past problems with spam, you need an account to edit. Tore, who handles requests for accounts filed via the system, is often busy, but I too am happy to create accounts - just email me (jnc at alum dot mit dot edu). Please let me know what account name you'd like, and what email address to associate with it, and I'll try and get right to it. The system will send you an email with a temporary password; if you don't see it, and I have sent you an acknowledgement, check your spam-traps: we've had issues with that. Jnc (talk) 15:33, 22 October 2017 (CEST)

Wanted Pages

If you're not sure what to add, the Wanted pages page is always a good place to start! Right at the moment, two Apple II pages, and a Windows page, are top of the list. So if you have any expertise there, please weigh in! Jnc (talk) 21:44, 2 August 2017 (CEST)

News

  • VAX article imports - I have just imported a large number of VAX articles provided by Antonio Carlini; I have looked at the history of all of them, and where there was previous content, I have merged it back in. I think I got them all - if I missed any, I do humbly apologize! Jnc (talk) 16:08, 29 July 2017 (CEST)
  • Admin services - Tore has added me to the admin group, and I have considerable experience as an admin on Wikipedia, so if anyone needs anything which requires admin status (e.g. merging histories for duplicate articles, deleting article names with typos, etc, etc) please let me know. Jnc (talk) 14:18, 25 July 2017 (CEST)
  • I am very sorry for having neglected this wiki for so long. I have authorized two other users to create accounts and AFAIK cleared the backlog of user signup requests. If anyone still has an outstanding request, please let me know. -- Tore (talk) 13:47, 24 July 2017 (CEST)

Older news is here.