Note, you will have to allow the Active-X control to see the MindManager viewer. You can move around, resize, print, or even download the map to your own PC. I recommend that you click on the menu button and open the map in a new window.
I can already tell you that the first challenge I faced today was my habit of printing my completed mind map out on a large 11x17 piece of paper. I like paper. I'm curious to see what my thoughts are in a few weeks. I can take comfort in thinking about all the InkJet cartridges I'll save. :-)
If you want to follow along and have not already subscribed to this blog, here's a link to the blog and comment feed.
For those of you who are interested in how I embedded the map viewer into my blog, it was really quite easy. Embedding the map amounted to pasting in a few lines of code. (See here for details)
UPDATE 11/1/2005 For non-IE users, click here to download the MindManager map For a PDF version, click here
Ti Le, Market Research Manager, Toshiba
America Information Systems, sent me an email (perhaps you received one
too?) with a generic reply-to address asking me to complete an on-line
survey to find out what I think about my recent Tecra M4 purchase. I guess
Ti Le does not read my blog. :-(
From the wording of the survey questions, it appears that they were more
interested in looking for additional sales opportunities than they were
in knowing what I thought of my recent purchase. I decided to tell
them anyway, in the tiny comment field provided at the end of the survey
Tonight, John MacArthur came and spoke
in chapel on the importance of an accurate interpretation of the Scriptures.
Majesty led the worship time. It was an inspiring evening and I'm glad
I went. I really appreciate that John takes the time to come and address
us each year; it was neat to be able to stick around and talk with him
after. It was better than watching him on CNN; Larry King was not there
to interrupt at the good points for a commercial break. I mentioned
to John that I really appreciated the fact that Grace to You now offers
their daily broadcasts in mp3s via RSS. John told me that he was really
excited to branch out into this new medium for publishing. I wonder if
he will blog next?
I told a colleague that I would post the key points that I noted during
I've always held that there's no such thing
as the paperless office, but that there is the promise of a less-paper
office. Well, I hope to prove one of these statements true.
Clients are watching and smiling A client smiled yesterday, when I described
this challenge. As a productivity coach, she's seen too many people get
caught up in the tools only to reduce their productivity. I've had the
same observation and experience. This challenge maybe no different. I explained
that my objective was not necessarily to prove that it could be
done, but to learn what was practical. I fully expect that there
are areas in which I will become less productive by eliminating paper;
at the same time I expect to discover areas where I can honestly say that
the Tablet PC has made a significant improvement in my work.
When I advise clients who inquire about
the productive benefits of using a Tablet PC along with applications such
as OneNote or perhaps MindManager or some other tablet app, I want to be
able to tell them (and show them) from experience what I've concluded.
So for me, whatever the outcome, this will be a success in that I will
know first hand, what works.
Inspired by this
post, I've decided to challenge
myself to see if I can effectively use my Tablet PC as a total replacement
for pen, paper, and books. Next week, I start an intense 8-week business
law course and I've decided to use this course as the subject of my next
Tablet PC challenge. My objective is to determine what the benefits/drawbacks
of using a TabletPC as my sole tool (to replace pen, paper, and yes, even
Post-Its) for the next 10 weeks. I've previously blogged about scanning
and annotation tools. Now, I'm going to see if I can live with all of these
tools in an intense way for the next two months. I figure this will be
the tipping point for my use of a Tablet PC. Through this experiment, I'm
certain to find things that I like, things that I dislike, and hopefully,
a suitable collection of tools and best practices to help me use the Tablet
in the most efficient way possible.
Why am I doing this? Well, for the past few months, I've used my Tecra
M4 more as a laptop than a tablet. Some of this is due to the software
issues I've previously reported. Some of this is because I got out of the
habit of using the tablet after the various systems problems.
I still believe in the Tablet PC as a computing platform for the future.
The question, for me, is whether or not it's truly a viable and productive
tool for the present - at least my present.
Should bloggers eliminate comments from
their blog sites to improve productivity and remove the appearance of orphan
comment threads? It's a question I've pondered more than once. It takes
a lot of time to respond to the many comments and emails that I receive
each day. Yet, comments hanging without a response can create a feeling
of loose ends and may even make me look like I do not care. It's simply
a time issue. I wish I had the time to personally respond to each any every
comment on my blog,
While a blog author may serve or
prompt the main course, I find that it's often the people who post comments
that add the seasoning.
I decided to re-evaluate the latest release
I wanted to compare it to Pylon
iAnywhere. I'm not ready to post
a review, but I can say that the folks at Commontime
have been busy. One thing I like about the mNotes product is that a license
is per-user, regardless of the type of PDA, how many simultaneous PDAs
are synched and regardless of whether you sync by USB, Bluetooth, or wireless.
In fact, the server's the same for all three. The program is tightly integrated
with Notes, too. The e-mail support Notes rich, including full bidirectional
support for folders, which means that you can process your mail on your
PDA. Handle it once; sweet. If you're looking for a sync solution between
Notes and your PDA, mNotes is certainly an option to consider. Link: Commontime.
He who finds a wife finds what is good
and receives favor from the Lord. - Proverbs 18:22
Kathy, as we celebrate our 50th
wedding anniversary for the
15th time, I took some time to reflect on my blessings from a biblical
A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.
She brings him good not harm
all the days of her life.
- Proverbs 31:10-12
Channel 5 (NBC) news crew came by Maggie’s room today to interview her
and us about her story and these tremendous web cards. If you are in St.
Louis or you can pickup the Channel 5 NBC station from St. Louis via satellite,
be sure to check it out. Its’ a great testimony of the tremendous love
people have for her and God’s wonderful Grace ...
The RoboNexus conference exhibition hall
was not too crowded on Friday. We saw a variety of robots from consumer
models to entertainment robots to autonomous military robots. iRobot had
a large display with their military
and consumer robots. Many people were interested in iRobot's consumer productivity
robots that vacuum (Roomba)
and wash (Scooba)
floors. Kathy asked if Roomba could really suck up things like cheerio's
or dog hair. The representative dumped out a box of granola into the carpet
and Roomba went to work sucking it up. Most of it. I'm convinced that these
robots work best if you live in a museum with no furniture and have no
children, toys, or pets. Actually, the demonstrations were pretty good.
I found the autonomous and remote controlled reconnaissance
and rescue robots much more
This weekend, I took the Family to the
robotics conference in San Jose. It was a wonderful opportunity for me
to visit with my wife and children and to visit my mother-in-law in the
I took the M4 along for the ride on Amtrak's San Joaquin to Northern California;
I wanted to test my new prototype Tablet PC stand. Here's the blog update
from the train.
Just a few hours ago, while driving down
I5 to a Human Resource Management class in Santa Clarita, I noticed a low-flying
airplane near the tower at Magic Mountain. (20 years ago, as a flight student
out of Van Nuys, the flight instructor used to make me fly out to practice
maneuvers over the Newhall area, which at the time, was sparsely populated.
I thought it odd that a small plane would be flying so low, but I did not
give it much thought.) I thought it might be a CHP aircraft on a spotting
maneuver. A moment later, the plane was gone.
I have a favor to ask of all readers of
my blog: Please take two minutes to help Maggie reach her goal of wallpapering
room with e-cards before her
next scheduled brain surgery, this Wednesday.
Fellow technologist, homeschool father, and Tablet MVP, Rob
Bushway, has been sharing
his family's ongoing experiences as they care for 9-year old Maggie, who's
suffering from brain cancer. Maggie's presently in Children's hospital
in St. Louis undergoing additional treatment. Rob's blogging
the experience from the hospital.
While she awaits another brain surgery, Maggie's decorating her hospital
room and she would like your help. Please take a moment to learn
then take two minutes to send her (and her family) an e-card
via the hospital web site.
(Maggie Bushway, Room 104)