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SPI #5 – The Power of Mind Maps

We are still in October 2008, Pat is not yet imagining his future success – I have still to catch up with five years of blog posts …

Blog entry #5 – How to sort your ideas to know what actually to do? Mind Maps!

  • Take a big sheet of paper, start in the center with a topic.
  • Branch out radially to what comes in mind about the topic.
  • Continue, do not judge or edit during mind mapping.
  • Use different colors, images, symbols, codes, dimensions.

That does not mean you are done yet. But your thoughts are documented. Instead of always thinking about them, going in circles, your head is free to be productive. … and you actually started!

Do you need to be an expert to sell your products/ideas?

I always thought so, but … If you are offering something people want, they will buy it. If you need proof visit YouTube …

Back to mind maps, the comments share a couple of links, if you do not want to waste paper:


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XMind is a free tool, with the option to pay for extended functionality like exporting to PDF or special modes and encryption. Even the free version supports multiple diagram styles starting from basic mind maps, over fish bone charts to gantt charts. Or you can integrate it into your Eclipse environment …

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iMindMap @ ThinkBuzan
iMindMap is another highly praised tool. It comes in a variety of flavors. There is an online application, one for desktops, and a mobile version. The online and the mobile app versions are free but limited to syncing five mind maps to the “cloud”. The desktop version is available as free trial.

… and wikipedia reference to many more … I guess I will have to check them in the future …

Wondering who this Pat, mentioned above, is?

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Twitter Bootstrap Links

318 “useful” resources @ bootstrap hero containing:


WATable a jQuery table plugin
NOD! a frontend-validation plugin
Messenger a messenger plugin


multisuggestplugin extends type ahead
jQRangeSlider a range-slider jQuery plugin


Button generator with famfamfam icons


bootstrap-IE7 adding support for IE7 in Bootstrap 3.x
Screencheck displaying web sites in various formats
Elusive-Icons webfont
Games-Icons svg & png icons
Font Awesome More more icons
Animate.less cross-browser animations


Initializer generates HTML4+ bootstrap templates

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Controlling Access to Services

Controlling Access using ntsysv

ntsysv is a text-based application that allows you to configure which services are started at boot time for each runlevel. Non-xinetd services can not be started, stopped, or restarted using this program.

Controlling Access using chkconfig

chkconfig is a command line utility that allows you to turn services on and off for the different runlevels. Non-xinetd services can not be started, stopped, or restarted using this utility.

[excerpt from Red Hat Enterprise Linux Deployment Guide]


Howto shutdown Linux box automatically?

a single one-time shutdown:

e.g. shutdown your linux box at 7:30 January 10th:

at 7:30 jan 10
> shutdown -h now

… make sure the at daemon is running e.g.:

/etc/init.d/atd start

… or for SuSE:

rcatd start

… and check your at queue:


scheduled shutdowns at certain intervals:

e.g. kill your computer every day at midnight (to make sure you get enough sleep):

crontab -e -u root
> 0 0 * * * /sbin/shutdown -h now

… save and exit …

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pine – mark messages as unread

Found at a FAQ at the University of Michigan:

How can I mark messages as unread in Pine?

  • First you must set the flag command option. From Pine’s main menu:
  • Type s (Setup).
  • Type c (Config).
  • Move the cursor down to highlight the enable-flag-cmd option, and type x to enable it if it is not already.
  • Type e to exit the configuration screen.
  • Go to your INBOX, highlight the message you want to mark, and type *
  • Type n to mark the message as new.