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Error importing The Brain 8 file.
@spacenexus - thanks for your reply. I should be pretty good on disk space. My brain isn't all that big and I have ~15gb of free disk space. It looks like it's just some Java null check throwing an error in the importer. Based on the error text, I could probably delete something from my events if I knew what to look for... but I am not sure what it would be.
Error importing The Brain 8 file.
I'm using alpha on a Mac running OS X 10.12.6 and keep getting an error trying to import my version 8 file. Is there anything I can do? I'm ready to switch full-time to 9 and bummed that I can't get it running. I tried three times w/ a brain I've successfully imported in the past.

2017-09-10 05:22:28.1889 | DEBUG | TheBrain.Core.DataExchange.Converters.JavaBrainConverter | [730] EntryId:6653 --> /Users/marcus.vorwaller/.TheBrain/v9/Working/L7I5nIaMC0iPvRZVJTqUxw/M/c24464e4-43ae-5375-bd88-987569ea19d5/Notes/notes.html
2017-09-10 05:22:28.1902 | WARN | TheBrain.Core.DataExchange.Converters.JavaBrainConverter | [709] no thought/link source found for entryId: 6656
2017-09-10 05:22:28.1918 | WARN | TheBrain.Core.DataExchange.Converters.JavaBrainConverter | [709] no thought/link source found for entryId: 6665
2017-09-10 05:22:28.2635 | DEBUG | TheBrain.Core.DataExchange.Converters.ConversionJob | [97] SyncPoint: 48,000
2017-09-10 05:22:28.2749 | DEBUG | TheBrain.Core.DataExchange.Converters.JavaBrainConverter | [860] Reading attribute tables for events.
2017-09-10 05:22:28.2768 | DEBUG | TheBrain.Core.DataExchange.Converters.JavaBrainConverter | [929] Failed to convert using connector : #5MA. Reason: Nullable object must have a value..
System.InvalidOperationException: Nullable object must have a value.
at System.Nullable`1[T].get_Value () [0x0000b] in <8f2c484307284b51944a1a13a14c0266>:0
at #F5x.#Jpu.#4Tz (#F5x.#QED #QED, System.String #Hpu, #F5x.#XMA #Iyr) [0x01cf5] in <e55c148a591e411b8d3c1ad13e500966>:0
2017-09-10 05:22:39.4902 | DEBUG | TheBrain.Desktop.BrainDialog | [163] Disposing BrainDialog: #J2z
2017-09-10 05:26:10.3900 | DEBUG | TheBrain.Desktop.PopupDialog | [146] Disposing PopupDialog: #v6w 
15 months later, 1500 new thoughts and a 14 month old baby to show for it

Loving v6.
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Trying to access a large WebBrain
I was unable to get it working uploading from within PersonalBrain. Uploads completed but it never showed up on the site. Creating a brainzip and uploading it worked though. It appears sync is working as expected too. My brainzip file is just under 1gb.

As a side note, I can't really use the web version under Chrome or Safari on OS X 10.6 latest versions of everything. Brains show up but it's difficult to navigate, it's as if the browser doesn't want to give the java applet focus or something. In Firefox it works fine.
PersonalBrain Tumblelog Experiment
Cool. Thanks for the examples. I should probably just keep leave it at that, but I can't help being a bit of a contrarian. At a glance it seems like a flowchart done in Visio or OmniGraffle would be easier and clearer than mapping flow in PB. And from personal experience, the expanded view in PB requires much more tweaking to get everything you want visible than the automatic layout you get with a mindmap.

I appreciate the information--I'm sure for some people PB is the best tool for the job for things like mindmaps, flow charts etc. Maybe I've just found my PB 'happy place' and I'm not really as willing to consider change as I tell myself I am.
PersonalBrain Tumblelog Experiment
I don't know, I still would use a mindmapper like Freemind to plan a vacation.

The vacation is finite - it has a definite beginning and ending which is where mindmaps excel--you start in the middle and work your way out.

The data around a vacation is, for the most part, is disposable. After the vacation I won't need flight itineraries or the scuba reservations. In my opinion that type of data just clutters PB but works well in a mindmap (maybe attached to a PB node). On the other hand, if I was a travel agent or researching somewhere I might visit several times I'd probably use PB.

Mindmaps are also better at showing me everything at once which I think I'm more likely to need for a trip.

PB is also, like you mentioned, much to expensive to purchase if planning trips and the like are to be the primary uses. I'd say focus on what PB does the very best and market other potential uses as perks. Just my thoughts from the peanut gallery

I am curious to see or hear about examples using PB for data/clickstreams/processes like you mention. Maybe I've seen it used for that before, but I can't think of a specific example. Do you have any resources I could check out?
I'm curious. For some of you who have 20,000+ thoughts, what do you primarily use PB for? Is it specialized or general knowledge? Are you importing large numbers of thoughts (like browser bookmarks) or creating each individually? I've seen Jerry Michalski's brain and I'm super-impressed with the vast number of thoughts he has and the huge range of information he covers. Is this how others are using PB as well?

20,000 thoughts is 11 thoughts a day for 5 years. I think that type of usage is pretty impressive.

For what my Brain contains:
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PersonalBrain Tumblelog Experiment
I agree, PB has a definite challenge w/ marketing since it is (as far as I know) a unique piece of software. It's hard to sell people something that they don't know they need.

I don't think mind mapping is necessarily a bad way of describing the functionality PB, but I think there are more effective descriptions like: knowledge management, information organization, information visualization, research (it sure beats notecards) or pattern discovery software (my favorite use of PB).

My approach would be to include mind mapping as something that can be done with the software, but not as what it does best. I'd heavily market to creative people, knowledge workers, researchers and students. My little brother, for example, is starting college. I have really encouraged him to start using PB from his freshman year on for taking notes and cataloging the knowledge he acquires. I think it PB really helps overcome the university system tendency to compartmentalize knowledge and to view all knowledge as inter-related.

Marketing to business people or people who want to plan their family vacation seems like the wrong path if you ask me.
PersonalBrain Tumblelog Experiment
I've recently started posting images of the new thoughts in my PersonalBrain to a tumblelog. There are already a few days worth and they might be interesting for others who use PB as a general knowledge manager.

I'd really like a better way to share how my PB is growing and see the same for others, but this seemed like a simple enough way to start in the interim.

If anyone else is interested in doing the same or has better ideas on how to share, I might be up for creating a directory or aggregator. I feel there's a tons of potential for more community interaction among PB users that is being missed out on.

Here's a link:

Just some techinical notes on how I do it:
I create a report by Date Created, sort by Date Created then then use Skitch for the screen capture and upload. (http://skitch.com/) You might also try Jing if you're on a PC (http://www.jingproject.com/). Tumblr, the site that hosts the tumblelog (blog) is free and very easy to use (http://tumblr.com) .

The whole process of creating the report, the screen capture and post takes about 1 minute a day.

PS here's a review of PB5 I wrote a couple days ago. My blog is so stale I doubt it'll be found by anyone unless I link to it here
Which to use: Mind mapping or concept mapping
Shameless self promotion:

I wrote a bit on the subject a couple days ago:
Disappointed about licensing inflexibility
Carrying around a USB stick is almost a laughable suggestion if you ask me.

+1 to the idea that less, not more, restrictions make for more loyal customers.
6 months later, 1496 additional thoughts. Aprox 8 per day.
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Make PersonalBrain look awesome on OS X
I created a project to improve the look of PersonalBrain on OS X - if you're interested, check out the blog post on it here:


Here's mine after 10 months. I've definitely slowed down after the initial flurry of thoughts (1000 in 2 weeks) but that's not really a representation of how valuable I find the software or of how much I use it.
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2 issues
The first issue is solved. RescueTime was causing it.

The second issue persists.
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