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14
June

Update on the unscheduled downtime

As some of you might now, we experienced an unscheduled downtime on the 6th of June, between 10:35 AM GMT and the 7th of June 0:45 AM GMT. In this post, I would like to give you more details about this downtime and explain what happened.

On the 6th of June, during the data migration for one of our clients, our database administrator accidentally deleted one of our main tables from the production database. The deletion immediately propagated to our master-slave setup and the only way we could recover the data was to import it back from our backup.
Unfortunately, the restoration was a lengthy process that also forced us to stop the access to our servers. After the restoration of the backup, we also needed to recover the maps which were created between the backup time and the data loss time.

We were able to do this because we had a secondary database with all the data. Although we only needed to recover maps which were created and modified in a 4-hour period, this took us several days because we had no quick procedures for extracting the data from the secondary database.
Even though the access to our databases is limited to qualified persons and the person who did the migration was fully qualified, it seems that human error is sometimes unavoidable.

Steps we took in order to avoid this in the future:
a) we are working on a new backup method where the restoration in case of such disaster will be much faster
b) we updated our procedures so we can extract the data from the secondary database much faster
c) during the database migration we will assign 2 persons which will check each other’s commands

I am deeply sorry for all the inconveniences we caused you and I can only hope you will choose to stay with us after this unfortunate event.

Sincerely yours,
Zoltan Lorincz
CEO – Mindomo

6
June

Technical problems with our database servers

Hi all,

We’re experiencing several problems with our database servers. We are working as we speak to fix them, and we will keep you posted on our progress.
Please note that until fixed, you cannot access your online maps nor can you synchronize your mobile and desktop maps.
We are very sorry for any inconveniences this situation might have caused you.

Update1:

  •  2.13PM GMT: we’re doing a full restore of the database from a backup we did this morning. Restore is now at 6%, estimated time to finish – 20h.
  • for further updates, please visit our homepage

Update2:

  • 10:30PM GMT: We managed to restore the database and we are online again.  For safety reasons, maps which were modified between 6:30AM GMT  and 10:40AM GMT are disabled for editing and will be restored manually as soon as possible.

We appreciate your understanding,
The Mindomo Team

12
April

Introducing Task Mind Maps

Many of you have been asking us the same question about the tasks in your maps: ‘will I get an email notification?’ That’s how we realized that you rely on Mindomo to help you follow up to-dos and get things done. So, we developed a new type of mind map to meet your task management needs. Here’s what you’ll get if you start using our task maps:

  • Flexible task management. Just drag and drop tasks to reorganize them from one list to another.
  • Tasks and subtasks are organized hierarchically. This gives you a clear picture of all tasks and their priority.
  • Both you and your collaborators receive email notifications when tasks are completed or updated.
  • You can use the drill-down feature to temporarily hide some of the information to focus on a certain task list.
  • You can quickly set deadlines and assign tasks to your collaborators.
  • You can expand and collapse information to get a detailed or bird’s eye view of your work.
  • Wider, uncluttered map canvas will give you more space for your data.

A task map is not just for tracking task ideas, it’s the central spot for organizing and monitoring your to-dos.
Like always, we’re looking forward to your feedback. If you have any suggestions on how we can improve this new functionality, feel free to share them in the comments section below.

Keep it smart, simple and creative!
The Mindomo Team

14
December

Concept Mapping Reimagined

It’s that time of the year that calls for making gifts and celebration. Speaking of which, we got you a present. Something special that will let you:

Label the lines between topics

Whenever you add a new topic in your concept map, you can instantly explain how it’s linked to the previous one. Your maps will make perfect sense both for you and the people you share them with.

 

Create multiple connections between topics easily

As your map builds up, you’ll probably see connections you didn’t think before. So click on a topic, drag the connecting line and drop it onto the linking topic. Once you label it, your new connection is out in the open.

 


Position topics freely

Build your concept map without any layout restrictions. Topics can be easily moved anywhere on the map canvas simply by dragging them. Organize your map as you see best.

Yes, you got it right, we reimagined concept mapping for you. That’s because we wanted to thank you for your constant support and for staying with us in the long run. Enjoy your holiday and see you in 2016!

 

Keep it smart, simple and creative!
The Mindomo Team

22
September

New Updates Ready For A New School Year

Just to make sure you have everything you need to kick-start this new school year, we spent the entire summer vacation working on some cool updates:

1. Playback feature: your own magnifying glass to see who did what on any mind map. Use it to see who has been working on the map, all their individual contributions and the time they were made. With this new feature, assessing students’ work on collaborative mind maps will be a piece of cake.

2. Courses transformed into Assignments. Why? The Resources and Notes sections in a Course were less used. So we removed them, making everything more straightforward. Still, nothing has changed in the way you build and share your mind map assignments:

– students maps are instantly shared with the teacher from the moment students start their assignments
– students share opinions and learn from each other on collaborative assignments
– teachers can share assignments with other teachers that might be covering their classes
– student maps are easier to reach since they are grouped on assignments
– assignments can be duplicated
– one can create student accounts without email

3. Google Classroom integration: bring all your predefined Google Classes into Mindomo to share your mind map assignments easier.

4. itslearning integration: yet another LMS from which you can  work with Mindomo directly, no additional login required. Check out the guidelines for this integration.

5. Office 365 integration: schools and also organizations can add Mindomo to their Office 365 accounts. This way all users on their accounts will be able to work with Mindomo directly from there. Guidelines for this integration here.

Mindomo makes a run at being the best mind mapping solution for you, so feel free to share your feedback and suggestions in the comments section below.

 

Keep it smart, simple and creative!
The Mindomo Team