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I'm going to start studying/developing at my local university's library, but since I'm not a student I won't have access to their wireless network. Therefore, I won't be able to access StackOverflow if I have a question.

I was wondering if anyone had used the data dumps to make a somewhat usable offline copy of the site, so that I'll at least have access to the existing SO knowledge. This question provides links to the various APIs/documentation, but I think the benefits of having SO as well should be obvious to anyone obsessed enough to be here on meta.

If I can't find anything, I'll likely write something to migrate the XML dumps into MySQL and whip something up to get at least a passable copy.

Thanks for any information you can provide.

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Based on your question and comments, I think you're going to be in stuck imprting the data dump to a mySQL database and querying. :(

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Pretty much my thoughts. I'll be sure to post something when I'm done. – AgentConundrum Sep 3 '09 at 3:44

You could use the data dump of SO. It gets updated about every month.

Alternatively I'd highly suggest investing in your own wireless connection if that's an option. I don't know where you live but 3G wireless broadband is pretty cheap these days. Some netbooks/laptops have 3G built in. Alternatively it's just a USB key.

You could even use the browser on your phone depending on what you have but frankly I'd rather have a netbook (at least) for that kind of thing.

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"I was wondering if anyone had used the data dumps to make a somewhat usable offline copy of the site" – Ian Elliott Sep 3 '09 at 2:38
Not sure but personally I'd spend the $10/month on your own connection (if thats an option). – cletus Sep 3 '09 at 2:40
My question already references the data dumps. I was just hoping there would be something a little more user-friendly than a > 1GB XML file that chokes my laptop. As far the "buy your own" suggestion, I'm being pretty frugal these days due to being unemployed. Also, I sort of like not having internet at the library, since I won't check my email/reddit/facebook/etc every 5 minutes. – AgentConundrum Sep 3 '09 at 2:41
$10 a month? Damn, that does sound worth it if it's true. I'm in Canada, and I know we have a bit of a reputation for crappy wireless internet up here. Definitely looking into just for the potential that it really is that cheap. – AgentConundrum Sep 3 '09 at 2:42
Also 3G isn't that cheap in most places. Where I live its about $50 for enough bandwidth to load the google homepage a few times. – Ian Elliott Sep 3 '09 at 2:43
@AgentConundrum, also in Canada. Yet to see any solutions nearly that cheap ;p – Ian Elliott Sep 3 '09 at 2:44
Bell Mobility and Rogers Wireless seem to have 1G/month 3G wireless for $30/month. Ok, slightly more than $10 but even 1G is a lot of browsing. I was using 3G at one work site and did maybe 50MB/day. – cletus Sep 3 '09 at 2:50
@Ian: Just checked Rogers' site. It's $25/mo for 500MB transfer and $0.03/MB after that, plus a $6.95 system access fee (which I may or may not already be paying through my cell phone, depending on if Rogers considers them separate). That's for one of those USB sticks. – AgentConundrum Sep 3 '09 at 2:51
Also interesting to note that Halifax has better coverage than I would have had back home in Kingston, ON. I just assumed that Atlantic Canada would be the land that time forgot. – AgentConundrum Sep 3 '09 at 2:52
Yes I have the 500MB/month on my phone, but 500MB isn't that much data these days TBH. With the same price in the states you could probably get at least 5GB, if not unlimited. – Ian Elliott Sep 3 '09 at 2:56
I have 3G/month as part of my phone plan (for $39/month including $350 of calls) and I never even got close to 3G using it Mon-Fri. It depends if you just want to browse the Web or sit there and watch Youtube though. – cletus Sep 3 '09 at 3:00
Oh and I should point out that you may have a price difference between getting a separate 3G service vs getting 3G data on your phone service (assuming you have one) and then tethering the phone to a laptop, which is what I did. – cletus Sep 3 '09 at 3:11

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