MindRaider and the Semantic Web

Yet Another MindMap Application, you might think. But this piece of software has the best of three worlds: the power of Mindjet, the UI of The Brain and, like FreeMind, it doesn’t cost a penny. I’m talking about MindRaider. MindRaider is personal notebook and outliner. It aims to connect the tradition of outline editors with […]


Another Web-Based MindMap apllication, and again it is Collaborative, Mind42: Isn’t 42 the answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything? Well, in this case it means FOR TWO and indicates the collaborative character of mind42. Manage all your ideas, whether alone, twosome or working together with the whole world – collaborative, browser-based and for free. […]


Webcomic site xkcd had a comic on flowcharts: “Understanding Flowcharts” last week. This reminded me of some interesting Flowchart applications. First of all, there is Dia, an open-source diagram-crating program, based on Visio, a commercial Microsoft program. Then there is a web-based application, “Lucid Charts“. Of course I have signed up for an account to […]

Intelligence Amplification

A Man must get a thing before he can forget it. – Oliver Wendell Holmes This fourteenth-century fresco is on the walls of the Dominican convent of Santa Maria Novella in Florence. It pictures the wisdom and virtue of Thomas Aquinas. Thomas is sitting on a throne, surrounded by flying figures representing the three theological […]

Dabbleboard Collaborative Whiteboard

Dabbleboard is an incredibly cool application, that can be used as a whiteboard. In fact, it is a whiteboard, but it can be used for drawing Mindmaps, Flowcharts, diagrams or for marking up pictures. Dabbleboard is a powerful online whiteboard that’s actually easy and fun to use. With a revolutionary new interface, Dabbleboard gets out […]

  • The Aesthetics and Beauty of Knowledge

    Shih was the opposite of facts and raw information; shih was the elegance of knowledge, the insight and skill to organize knowledge into meaningful patterns. As an artist chooses colours or light to make her pictures, a master of shih chooses textures of knowledge – various ideas, myths, abstractions, and theories – to create a way of seeing the world. The aesthetics and beauty of knowledge – this was shih.

    – David Zindell, The Broken God, 1993

  • Geek Attitude

    The attitude thing is about flexibility, portability, creativity, sociability and jamming (ran out of suitable “ity” words!). It’s about improvising – in the practical and musical senses of the word; not getting tangled in boundaries and the “right” way to do things.
    Definitely the only way to travel.
    Martin Delaney – “Laptop Music”.