You can see from the illustrations below, that just by looking at them particularly on the key words and connections we could easily get the whole idea about the topic…
|Tony Buzan’s mind map of his bio||Mind map of Oracle Products (not updated)|
And this is where the Mind Map is very useful.. the non-linear structure of words and topics and interconnections makes us easy to “slot in” and relate to the main idea and branch out as dictated by the individual ideas and general form of the central theme.
I also do this when reading books and important articles, on the meetings, and doing presentations. Which is also very helpful for recall and retention and going back to the state of my mind when I’m studying that particular topic or idea. Yes.. there are really moments that I become very forgetful about stuffs on the time that I really need it, and I just get back on my notes/sketches to refresh and get things done 🙂
As for my files I also file and organize them on my “knowledge folders”. As an Oracle database consultant, I need to learn and read a lot of stuff (whitepapers,presentations,howto,etc.) about Oracle and related technologies… as time goes on, I’ll be reading more and more and will add up to my body of knowledge… just like the concept of Mind Map, these folders and the documents in it are well organized and very useful to get things done 😉
Then, a friend of mine, Tommy Lim mentioned something about a personal wiki his friend shared him that is very useful for his Java development work, all of his useful stuffs are there all on one single file and could even be stored on a USB and shared to others…
Yes.. this is the TiddlyWiki, a self-contained wiki 🙂
So I tried it, I first got the empty TiddlyWiki file here (from TiddlyWiki.org) and started playing with it and put some contents. Yes, it was just one file.. see the image on the right —>
And then I realized that I wanted something hosted so people can make use of my TiddlyWiki and also I will be able to access my useful stuffs and cheat sheets anywhere that has a browser and internet connection.. so I made use of Tiddlyspot (FREE!)
BTW, I made use of the MonkeyPirateTiddlyWiki (MPTW) flavour for its powerful TagglyTagging feature for organizing the TiddlyWiki data (to avoid hand maintaining “index” pages of the tiddlers).
Still not convinced? Check here for more info..
So will I still be blogging? …
what can you get from my TiddlyWiki?
YES I will still blog! For me, each blog post has its own story and experience just like what I’ve shared on my past entries that will be very useful for people who have not yet been on a similar problem or scenario.. (yeah, still more to come 😉 )
But the sequential nature of the blog makes it difficult to organize things just like the concept of the Mind Map.. So expect my TiddlyWiki to contain more cheat sheets, howtos, guides, scripts, test cases, notes, and links to important documents or sites.
In short, more on my body of knowledge.. BTW, RSS is also available 🙂
You can start making your own hosted TiddlyWiki by following this video:
Below are some links for further reading about TiddlyWiki:
Tiddlywiki Formatting Guide
Intro to TiddlyWiki
I hope I’ve shared you some good stuff 😉 Enjoy!