Back-Up Your Brain!

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Computer memory is increasingly being used as a virtual extension of human memory (although we are still a long way from achieving a world where nothing is forgotten, as envisaged by Microsoft researcher Gordon Bell).

This mind map is about three computer-based tools that help me organise, store and retrieve things I want to remember: Evernote (my “external brain” on the Web), iMindMap (which is also the tool I used to create the mind map itself) and Personal Brain (a powerful application I’ve been using for some time now and whose potential I am still discovering and exploring). I find them all “mind-expanding” in different (and complementary) ways.

The image I used as an illustration for the “iMindMap” branch in this iMindMap mind map is actually an image of the mind map itself. And if you look closely, you’ll see that that image, in turn, also contains an image of the mind map! The Screen Capture tool and Insert Floating Image option in iMindMap version 3 make effects like this very easy to achieve.

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