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Tech News: Browse Wikipedia Offline

A great source of overview information and a great past time to edit. But how about getting to read articles while not connected to the Internet? My style is to print pages as PDF and it works for me. But what if you don’t have a PDF printer? Here’s another way.

Thank goodness for the powerful combination of Firefox, Greasemonkey, and Google Gears, we can now have
Wikipedia running offline in your computer. When we just wished we get Gears on every site, at least now we get it on one of the most visited sites on the planet.

Sites with a lot of static information — Wikipedia, any API documentation, web-based email — would be great to be able to use when no internet connection is available. But what if you’re a user that always has an internet connection? Then adding Gears to a site doesn’t do much, right? Wrong. Imagine your favorite website is now stored on your computer, and it syncs whenever there’s altered content. Whenever you look at the site, your browser is grabbing everything straight from your hard drive. Did you just make a search for your best friend on Facebook? Don’t wait 5 seconds the next time that search runs, have the results immediately! Meanwhile, save the webmasters’ precious bandwidth/server power!

You can get the Greasemonkey script here and grab the guide on how to use it at Google Code here.

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