Free mind map software – FreeMind

November 5th, 2011

Mind mapping is a process of exploring and structuring one’s thoughts on a particular subject. The mind map is a visual diagram, representing the subject’s domain of concepts, thoughts and ideas, their relationships and structure. It is a very powerful tool for brainstorming, capturing ideas and requirements, creating and visualizing structure and building hierarchies.

There are many commercially available software tools for creating and manipulating mindmaps. The premier free and open source alternative is called FreeMind. It is a high productivity tool, written in Java (runs on any platform that has Java – Windows, Mac, Linux, etc.) and provides all needed functionality for creating, editing and printing mindmaps:

So you want to write a completely new metaphysics? Why don’t you use FreeMind? You have a tool at hand that remarkably resembles the tray slips of Robert Pirsig, described in his sequel to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance called Lila. Do you want to refactor your essays in a similar way you would refactor software? Or do you want to keep personal knowledge base, which is easy to manage? Why don’t you try FreeMind? Do you want to prioritize, know where you are, where you’ve been and where you are heading, as Stephen Covey would advise you? Have you tried FreeMind to keep track of all the things that are needed for that?

Here is a nice overview/tutorial on FreeMind‘s main features:

Real-time online plane tracking

March 18th, 2011

RadarVirtuel is a real-time online plane tracking system. It shows currently flying planes mapped to their current position over the land. Each plane is clickable, allowing you to view info about it – flight number, airline, aircraft type, departure, destination, speed, altitude, etc. The information is updated every several seconds, allowing you to follow the planes’ current position in real time. Built on top of Google Maps, it allows you to drag the map, zoom in on a territory, show underlying land as a map, satellite photo or terrain, etc.

Radar Virtuel

Update: Other interesting services for tracking airplanes: – geo mapping of flights, similar to RadarVirtuel – live flight tracking – live flight tracking

YouTube video editor

June 18th, 2010

YouTube Yesterday YouTube presented its newest tool – the online video editor. It enables you to edit your videos, create sequences and add selected soundtracks in a very simple and usable manner. While maybe not suitable for creating the next Star Wars sequence, it surely is usable enough to create short videos from footage you have shot with your camcorder, or create a compilation from your favorite songs. See for yourself: