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Performance in Windows VM
I installed TheBrain 9 on a Windows 10, 64-bit VirtualBox VM on the same PC and it's performance is dramatically better. I have no issues using it now.
Performance in Windows VM
Thanks, @metta, I'll take a look!
Performance in Windows VM
Hello all,

I use Linux as a daily driver and now resort to running TheBrain in a windows VM. It's a 32-bit windows 7 OS using VirtualBox (3GB RAM & 2 CPUS for the VM) and the Windows OS itself is quite snappy, but the TheBrain is very slow, seconds for any click and moving around the plex. Editing notes is just fine once you get to the thought you want to edit.

The CPU goes to 100% if TheBrain is being used, there is 1GB of free RAM in the VM.

Even adding a new thought with F6 takes several seconds for the dialog to appear for the thought title. I have 3D acceleration turned on and the virtual video card has 256MB of RAM.

Any thoughts on what I might do to improve performance?
Completed tasks?
Well, I've done it several ways. One is to have a "Completed" thought on a per project basis (or at whatever you like), which after the "Action" items that I wish to keep are changed to a different thought type, then they can be moved under that "Completed" thought so you won't see them when looking at the actions.

Again, part of my strategy is to do something with the completed actions - keep is as reference, evolve it to a different task, or forget it.

If you want to keep all the tasks around for documentation purposes, then moving them to the "Completed" is a decent strategy.

This is definitely a painful area of the the brain - not being able to select or filter based on two or more dimensions is a limitation that makes task management difficult - for example, I can select one tag at a time and see all the thoughts tagged that way. I can select a Thought type and see all the thoughts in the plex with that thought type. I cannot, however, select a thought type and then filter by tags. 

Basically, trying to manage tasks requires more work than it should.
Completed tasks?
Well, I do it a bit differently than you do, so see if this makes sense. 

I created a thought type called "Action" and then I jump link those to Person thoughts that are related, and change the links to be "responsible for", "provides info", "waiting on", etc. (Those are defined link types). I create a pin for the actions thought to quickly see all the actions I have defined, and I can see their tags. (One limitation of the brain is I can't select both a thought type and a set of tags to filter it in the plex).

When I complete an action I do one of several things with it:
  1. Record the results of the action and change it's Thought type to "Reference" since I want to keep the information as part of the project
  2. Forget it, since I don't need it anymore.
  3. Evolve it, but putting a timestamp in the notes with info about the current state of the action item and may rename the label to reflect a new state.
Because I have thought Icons for the various thought types, when I pin a tag like 'Now!', I can quickly see what Action thoughts are under that tag and navigate to the project in question.

Another strategy I have been experimenting with is to not have an "Action" thought for every action, but put checkboxes in the Action for steps that need to be completed on that item. I still would change the thought type after completion to "Finished" or something so I could unclutter what I'm looking at.

I hope that helps!

- Brian 
Copy/paste inserts blank image.
This bug is very much here in Mavericks and theBrain Pro - This is not a thought Icon issue, but pasting an image into a note. The file that gets pasted into the brain only displays the Mac icon for the image in question because it doesn't actually have any contents. 

If I delete the image and copy the original into the folder outside of the brain interface, rename it to the imported image name, then it shows up fine in the note. So, for example, given the following file as shown in the Image Properties right click menu for the image in the Note itself:

file:///Users/brownb/Brains/VMware_brain/Files/1450B0B3-1BE2-5830-3343-1B2A814DED10/PersonalBrain Notes/image1451642523937528728.png

  •  navigate to: /Users/brownb/Brains/VMware_brain/Files/1450B0B3-1BE2-5830-3343-1B2A814DED10/PersonalBrain Notes/
  • Delete the image: image1451642523937528728.png
  • Copy the original image into the folder
  • Rename the image toimage1451642523937528728.png
Then is shows up fine from then on.

Also, what is the reasoning behind removing the "Insert Image" menu choice on the note editor?
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