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I'm currently reading Pragmatic Thinking & Learning and one suggestion the author has towards the end of the book is to keep a personal wiki that is easily accessible.

Are there any sites that work well for this? Are there any that have an accessible mobile version of the site or mobile app?

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TiddlyWiki is a single, self-modifying HTML file. It'll run in any modern browser and does not require a server. Put the file in Dropbox and you'll have access to it from any of your machines. Should work fine with a mobile browser. So much the better if there's a mobile Dropbox client to save you from having to mess with syncing files.

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+1 because TiddlyWiki is awesome ^_^ –  Mark Szymanski Oct 10 '10 at 0:17
    
+1 because TiddlyWiki is the only app that answers this request flly and meaningfully –  Jeffrey Cameron Oct 11 '10 at 3:47

DokuWiki is good. By default it uses flat files instead of a database. You can run it on localhost and synchronize with a remote server. There's a great collection of plugins, in fact there's a remote sync plugin, ready to use. The documentation is pretty good as well.

Another good solution is Wikidpad. It lives on your desktop, but you can export it as HTML and host it on a server. It's a notepad crossed with a wiki. You have a tree of pages in a sidebar and the main content area also supports tabs. You can interlink pages, URLs are automatically made clickable, it has search, it auto-saves every few seconds, it's scriptable, supports plugins and many more. It's nice to have it minimized in your system tray and popping it open for some quick note taking.

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I've used PmWiki for my personal wiki purposes. The good thing is that it doesn't use a database; it uses files to store information. So it's very trivial to put in your webserver, and it would just work.

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I've been using ScrewTurn Wiki for this for some time. It's free and can be installed on your Windows workstation's localhost, or on any ASP.NET server you have access to. It looks and acts similarly to MediaWiki (the wiki software that Wikipedia uses), except that it is nowhere near so overblown with arcane features. In fact, it seems just about perfect for personal use.

Edited to add: Since I posted this answer, the ScrewTurnWiki project has been abandoned. The site is still up, the software is still downloadable and usable, but they are not supporting it any longer. There has been a movement to open-source the project, but it hasn't gained any momentum that I can see. So, STW might not be all that usable in the end.

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I took the same suggestion from the same book and created a wiki in Zoho

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It's not a wiki, but I use Evernote for this same purpose. I use the downloadable version for Windows, but Mac, /iPad/Touch, Android, BlackBerry, Palm Pre/Pixi, and Windows Mobile are also available. I sync to their server and display on my Nokia phone with the web-optimized interface. In comparison to a wiki, Evernote provides for easy drag and drop re-organization of information.

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It's not really a wiki (in that it's not really designed to have tonnes of links between pages), but depending on how loose your definition is, Backpack is a nice choice. It lets you create semi-structured pages containing various bits of data (text, pictures, lists, attached files, dividers, linked text documents).

It's a lot nicer to work with than a traditional markup-based wiki, but it's not as powerful. I personally find the idea of a personal wiki way too prone to fiddling, and Backpack is a nice compromise.

They don't advertise it on the marketing site, but there's a single-user $7/mo plan that gives you 100 pages and 1GB of storage (you'll have to register then change plans), which is more than enough for a personal wiki.

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I have been using LionWiki for my personal wiki. It doesn't need a database, only PHP as it stores each page you create as a simple text file on your server.

It has a "core" version that's just a single php file you drop somewhere on your server/host so it's really easy to install. If you want templates, language files, plugins and more you can install the "full featured" version, but that's not really needed for a simple personal wiki.

It doesn't have a mobile version, but it's interface is so simple it should work fine in your cell phone's browser.

Here's a screenshot of the default installation:my new wiki

LionWiki is using another template on their homepage:lionwiki homepage

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I find Google Docs and Google Spreadsheets more useful than a wiki. It's amazing how much tabular information you have once you start looking. And most wikis have a pretty big maintenance burden once you get beyond 5-6 pages.

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