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<big>'''Welcome to the computer history wiki!'''</big>
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<center><big>'''Welcome to the computer history wiki!'''</big>
  
 
This is the Computer History Wiki, a knowledge base about historic computers which anyone can edit. Currently, we've got [[Special:Statistics|{{NUMBEROFARTICLES}}]] articles!
 
This is the Computer History Wiki, a knowledge base about historic computers which anyone can edit. Currently, we've got [[Special:Statistics|{{NUMBEROFARTICLES}}]] articles!
  
<center><big> [[:Category:Computers|Systems]] • [[:Category:Software|Software]] • [[:Category:Computer Manufacturers|Manufacturers]] • [[Operating Systems]] • [[:Category:Network protocols|Networking]] • [[Help:Contents|Help]]</big></center>
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<big> [[:Category:Computers|Systems]] • [[:Category:Software|Software]] • [[:Category:Computer Manufacturers|Manufacturers]] • [[Operating Systems]] • [[:Category:Network protocols|Networking]]</big>
  
 
For an introduction to MediaWiki syntax and CHW conventions, please see [[Help:Contents|Help]].
 
For an introduction to MediaWiki syntax and CHW conventions, please see [[Help:Contents|Help]].
  
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 formal tone imposed by Wikipedia. For example, sentences with "I seem to recall" would be perfectly legitimate, and even wanted, here, but would quite rapidly be weeded out of a Wikipedia article. In short, a more practical, less formal tone.
 
  
My desire to set up this English wiki stems from my frustration with adding information to a Norwegian wiki, the 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 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.
  
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 potentially good one.
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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.
  
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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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.
  
Though the current URL is of course temporary, this is an experiment to see if people actually make edits to this page and find it useful. If it "catches on", I will 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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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.  
  
[[User:Toresbe|Toresbe]] 16:53, 14 May 2007 (PDT)
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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. :)

Revision as of 20:56, 16 May 2007

Welcome to the computer history wiki!

This is the Computer History Wiki, a knowledge base about historic computers which anyone can edit. Currently, we've got 1,095 articles!

SystemsSoftwareManufacturersOperating SystemsNetworking

For an introduction to MediaWiki syntax and CHW conventions, please see Help.


Introduction by the sysadmin

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 Norwegian Computer History Society wiki, and realizing that my content would be reachable only to a very limited audience - Scandinavians, at best.

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.

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.

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. :)