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Originator, Host, and Maintenance for WhatNotWiki

See Also http://www.dgbutterworth.com for more information.

Info Bits:

Accumulations Biographical

- Sometime Attorney and Counselor at Law.
- Occassioned practitioner of science.
- Aspiring to practically scientific.
- Constantly curious.
- Compulsive collector of WhatNots and bits of bytes (or other info).
- Crusader against entropy, but actively the devil's advocate.

Some of my favorite things:

- The idea of it.
- Second law of thermodynamics
- Wiki's

Reflecting on History

  • Echos from the first wiki:
The idea of a Wiki may seem odd at first <ref>(Ed: not to me. perfectly natural. like thought. like water flowing.)</ref>, but dive in <ref>(Ed: naturally)</ref> explore its links and it will soon seem familiar. "Wiki" is a composition system; it's a discussion medium; it's a repository; it's a mail system; it's a tool for collaboration. We don't know quite what it is, but we do know it's a fun way to communicate asynchronously across the network. Front Page (http://c2.com/cgi/wiki - visited 2014-11-17)
  • And back in 1996 or so:
WikiWikiWeb
A cgi-bin script written in perl pulled this page out of a dbm file and converted it to html on the fly. (see MoreAboutMechanics) The point is to make the EditText form simple and the FindPage search fast. I've written a similar program several times as a stack (WikiWikiHyperCard) and found easy authoring and fast searching to be important. Wiki wiki means quick in Hawai'ian, at least I think it does. They call the shuttle at the Honolulu airport the wiki wiki bus. -- WardCunningham http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?WikiWikiWeb (some links omitted) -- as it appeared on 1996-11-29, captured at: http://web.archive.org/web/19961129194919/http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?WikiWikiWeb