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#1 2006-02-17 22:26:26

MathsIsFun
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WikiCalc

Some software that combines the idea of a Wiki (like Wikipedia) and a Spreadhseet (like Excel) is currently under development by Dan Bricklin, the guy who created VisiCalc.

http://www.softwaregarden.com/wkcalpha/

Maybe we would have a use for it when it is released?


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#2 2006-02-18 05:15:21

John E. Franklin
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Re: WikiCalc

We are very lucky to have you as our Administrator, as you are very curious about everything, and this makes for a wonderful site as this surely is!


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#3 2006-02-18 06:46:32

mikau
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Re: WikiCalc

here here!


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#4 2006-02-18 09:21:54

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Re: WikiCalc

Funny, you aren't the first person to say I am "curious" ...


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#5 2006-02-18 09:56:42

John E. Franklin
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Re: WikiCalc

That's neat.  Maybe the spread sheet could be used to play interactive games whereby anyone can change the values in the boxes.   What if you want to play Chinese checkers, and then you need a hexagonal closest 2-D packing arrangement, though.
I don't know anything about servers, but it seems that you would have a file global to all participants, and only one could make
changes to the information at a time.  So you could have an interface that might allow users to click and drag game pieces around on a board and draw something.  The next user would start where the last one left off, hence accessing the same file.


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#6 2006-02-18 11:25:02

mathsyperson
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Re: WikiCalc

Maybe we subconsciously think of you as curious because of your avatar. I remember back when it was that... um... dice thing.


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It wanted to be normal.

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#7 2006-02-18 16:43:36

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Re: WikiCalc

thats interesting John E. Franklin neutral


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