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  • Name Don Blohowiak
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Timeline and Events (#3481, #3611, #3618, #3636)
Harlan wrote:  I think I have come up with a much better way to work with events. 
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Wonderful! Thank you for bearing with us as we work through our feedback on this aspect of The Brain 9.0.  Looking forward to seeing the new iteration.

Appreciate your continuing innovation and responsiveness.

Don
The Challenges of Data Visualization with TheBrain
The metaphors offered by your correspondent of dropping through the keyhole and wandering through the maze resonated with me. I feel like this in my own Brain when it gets complex.  And I want to share my work more broadly but am concerned about these very issues that could confuse more readers than enlighten them.

On the other hand, the suggestion of using a wiki as an alternative to The Brain seems equally maze-like. A wiki can seem contextless when hopping from link to link.  The difference, I suppose, is that a wiki can show an ever-present outline of topics to orient the reader.

SUGGESTIONs for the Brain:
  1. Have a display view that shows the outline of linked topics and subtopics in a window (to orient the reader to context)
  2. Optionally indicate the number of linked topics and subtopics on the link line.
  3. Other visual cues?
Cheers,

Don
Timeline and Events (#3481, #3611, #3618, #3636)
zenrain wrote: So what I'm missing is that the request is to be able to designate a thought as a unit of time, thus it will appear on the timeline.

For what it is worth, this is the design that I would like to meet my needs as a scholar. My interest is tracing the development of ideas in psychology over time

If time were a definable attribute of a thought that could be displayed on the timeline (e.g., "published in 1937"), it would help me show the relationship between ideas and their development over time (as well as the other relationships I establish in the plex).

This approach seems to me to be most consistent with the internal logic of The Brain which links disparate ideas together via user-defined relationships. 

In contrast, creating separate events to display on the timeline without connection to the Thoughts in the Plex, disconnects relationships and isolates the information from its corollary data -- antithetical to the concept of The Brain.

Am I missing, mis-stating, or misunderstanding something?

Don
Crash and "Developer Tools" error message
Using v9.0.04 on my Mac, click from Thought to Thought, TheBrain crashed, and the following popped up on my screen:

TheBrain v9 Error mssg.png 
It's the Little Things
Thank you, Zenrain, appreciate your pointing out these things. Very helpful.
Sync Disabled [Update to 9.0.88 to Re-enable]
Matt,

You have a copy of the v8 Brain which syncs fine. The v9 version has never synced. Always generated the "not authorized" error.

Don
Sync Disabled [Update to 9.0.88 to Re-enable]
I am also (still) receiving the "not authorized to sync this Brain" error message.

Three things to note:

1) This is the Brain that I sent to y'all (twice, as requested) for testing on this very issue many weeks back.

2) I did delete and reimport this Brain into this latest v9 release before attempting a sync.

3) The v8 version of this Brain syncs just fine on multiple machines.

Don
New Functionality Request: Increasing the depth of insight captured in The Brain

Joao,

I am grateful to you for raising these suggestions. Yes, it would be wonderful if TheBrain worked this way for those of us who manage serious volumes of digital information.

In the broad spectrum of the app's users, I believe we may represent but a tiny sliver, but I have no empirical basis for that assessment. It could well be the opposite!

That said, I wonder if the good folks at TheBrain organization might accommodate a knowledge exchange among us — such as a dedicated knowledge work section within this Forum. We could use the forum to share useful tips, stratagems, and work-arounds related to managing voluminous digital information in TheBrain.

This would allow on-point peer-to-peer sharing of helpful practices for digital information using TheBrain as it is, while adapting to what it becomes.

As we hope and wait for TheBrain to become the ideal, we could be making the most of it more efficiently to our niche needs.

I expect this modest accommodation won't require considerable allocation of engineering resources or require a long lead time to implement.

Please. Thank you.

Don

Thanks to TheBrain 9 team
Quote: Since my time for testing V9 has been limited, I have very much appreciated getting a preview of the V9 preview here in the forum!

Many thanks to developers and testers both! :-)


Ditto, metta's comment! [biggrin]

My mega-brain has not synched yet with the v9 server so I have been reluctant to add any data in the v9 environment. But I have been faithfully reading all others' experiences here daily.

Thanks to all for freely sharing! Very instructive.

Don
Recording now available: Inside Jerry’s Brain.
Thank you. Very helpful! I also watched the "202" webinar and found that helpful as well. Thanks!

Don
Failed Sync keeps trying
Here it is:
86A8E423-3C75-A03C-8B9A-3FSE7F9884CC
Failed Sync keeps trying
I made the BrainZip from v8. This Brain never was synced from v9. Can't explain a duplicate GUID. Perhaps there is another explanation?

Recording now available: Inside Jerry’s Brain.
I am grateful for this presentation. I found it both enlightening and inspiring.

Immediately after watching the recording, I merged several specialized Brains into my main Brain and began making latent connections. A gift. And, I am happy to report, the enlarged Brain, and the many added attachments, synched fine with WebBrain (version 8). 

I appreciate Jerry's generosity. And the clarity of his explanation for his approach to organizing his Brain.  He clearly is in a class by himself by the sheer volume of his connections. It's YUUUUUUUUUGE!

At the same time, it is worth noting that Jerry's collected thoughts (more than a quarter million of them!) are neither categorized nor tagged and have virtually no associated notes and no attached files other than web links. 

Compared to Jerry's very mature brain, mine is a newborn. Yet it has more than 750 notes, 300+ internal file attachments, more than a hundred tags to serve my organizational schema... 

I wonder if there is an existing -- or if you would be willing to create a -- video profile of a master content producer who deploys other features of the Brain. Notably, this use case of the Brain would be less for organizing found content (such as extant web pages) and more for managing original created content. 

I, for one, would find that valuable as well. 

Thank you!

Don
Failed Sync keeps trying
CONFIRMING: One of the brains that fails is one that you have received from me.

REPEATING: "The sync fails within a fraction of a second."

NOTING: The error message I receive upon failure reports that this is because the file is not authorized for sync

Perhaps this last point is significant? 

In its version 8 incarnation this very same brain syncs just fine even after I merged several other larger brains into it after watching the webinar with Jerry M. about his one mega-brain!

Thanks for staying on the case.

Don
Failed Sync keeps trying
The sync fails within a fraction of a second.

Of four Brains that i have attempted to sync in v9, two sync, two fail instantly.

With two -- smaller -- Brains synching, my machine and logon credentials are functional.

My upload connection (per speedof.me) on the Mac on which I just tried synching is 6.44 Mbps.

Don
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