Wiki with Markdown

After I stumbled upon the cool Markdown syntax and the Markdown text parser, some time ago. I have been looking for a wiki system which uses this cool syntax. We use a wiki system at work to document customer setups in, and a wiki with a decent syntax would be nice. A guy has made PHP Markdown an port of Markdown to PHP and I hoped it would be easy to find a wiki system using markdown syntax. So far I only found Instiki who lives up to this demand fully, which works very well under Ubuntu. Other wikis - like DokuWiki - are able to use markdown as a rendering plugin but it never feels fully integraded. With DokuWiki you need to wrap you text in tags like this:

text with markdown syntax here

… and why would I want to do that on every page I create? Another thing that turned me away from DokuWiki was the fact that I wasn’t able to make it work :-D

Thought I find Instiki really cool it has it’s drawbacks too:

  1. The first I noticed was that it is written in ruby. Not that that Ruby is a bad thing but I would have prefeered a wiki system in PHP so I would understand the code myself. This I can live with.
  2. The fact that it is written in Ruby, makes unable to run it on port 80 where my Apache server is running. Perhapes I would be able to solve this using some sort of proxy thing with Apache. Requsts on a certain domains/page gets forwarded to another port (for Instiki that would be 2500)… I think this is also the way Zope usually works. If this would endeed work I could live with that. I havn’t searched for this “problem” on their website though…
  3. I’m not able to upload files not even images and that is a thing I cannot live without.

When image (file) upload enters Instiki it will contain all I need for a great wiki. I trust they will implement it in a good way… all the other things they made is. It would be cool if I could use the syntax in my weblog… but that is only a matter of doing a little footwork.

GUADEC

I really wanted to attend GUADEC but the trip gets to expensive because I don’t have a car. I’m really interested in the GNOME development not to mention Ubuntu which uses GNOME as base for the desktop. I had planned to go with 2 friends (and colleauges) of mine, and I know the trip would have been awsome. My boss even gave me 2 free days off so I could attend the conference in worktime. I really hope the GUADEC people do something extra for all of us who wont be able to attend on location.

Extra RAM for my laptop

I have bought 1GB RAM for my laptop and it now has a total of 1.5GB RAM…. it really rocks!

World of Warcraft in WINE broken

After the World of Warcraft patch update today WINE 20050310 no longer runs WoW. Though it seems that there are already patches out there to correct the problem.

I’m no patch guy so I’ll await the next WINE release with patientce.

Isn't a splash screen just a cheap workaround?

Well Jakub Steiner thinks so… I dunno if I’m a weak person easily subjected to others opinion but I think he is on to something here :-)

Splash screen bringing the truth Splash screen bringing the horrible truth