BytePac Sleeve: the Offline-Wikipedia
We had the idea for a long time. Producing a kind of a "Offline-Wikipedia" with our BytePac enclosure for external hard drives. Of course, BytePac is perfect for archiving digital data.
No sooner said than done, after some research we found a possibility to completely download the Wikipedia. We simply copied the data on an old hard drive and packed it with a BytePac we had previously provided with the logo of Wikipedia.
How it works:
What you need:
• an old hard disk with at least 200 GB, SATA or IDE connector
• a data dump of the Wikipedia (see below)
• a BytePac sleeve to print (here the one we used)
• a Din A3 -printer
An old hard drive can be found today in almost every household, as in an old discarded PC. Rather than throwing such stuff away, it can be used for a quite useful sense.
The disk is simply inserted into an empty BytePac and then connected with the BytePac kit via USB.
Now the data has to be copied to the disk. Therefore, we have two possibilities. Wikipedia offers static Html files on http://dumps.wikimedia.org/other/static_html_dumps/. They can simply be copied to the BytePac. More possibilities to use the Wikipedia offline can be found in this article.
To make the BytePac look like "a Wikipedia", you can simply design and print your own sleeve. That`s how our sleeve looks like:
And that`s it:
Whether it is still necessary today to own an Encyclopedia is your decision ;)
But it is a nice gimmick for sure.