Blame Andy Hunt.
Back in late 2001, I attended Jerry Weinberg’s Problem Solving Leadership workshop with Andy, and during a break we got around to talking about what apps we had on our Palm V organizers. Andy said that he wished somebody would write a wiki for the Palm.
“That’s a stupid idea,” I said. “Wikis are about sharing information. What would the point of a wiki be if the information were all locked up inside a single device?”
Andy shrugged and the conversation went elsewhere. But after a few months, the idea of a personal wiki started making more and more sense to me. It would be a relatively simple Palm OS application to write. So on a plane flight in August 2002 (ironically on the way to Jerry Weinberg’s Change Shop workshop), I wrote the initial version of WikiPad for the Palm. I still have the notes I took that week on WikiPad to this day.
I used WikiPad for Palm happily for many years, first on my Palm V, and then on a couple of Palm Treos. Once Apple released the iPhone SDK, I created an iPhone version of WikiPad for my own use almost immediately. And now, after much polishing, I present the first public release of WikiPad for iPhone. Use it in good health.
[Update 4/9/2010] WikiPad for iPad is coming soon.