Embeddable Mind Maps – WiseMapping offers an online collaborative home for mind maps with some nice features. In addition to a graphical editor and the ability to invite others to work on your mind maps, they offer the ability to link a topic to any page on the internet with automatic snapshotting. They’ve also got export to SVG, PDF, or the free desktop mindmapping application FreeMind.
Beyond that, though, they’ve implemented their solution using SVG and VML, which means maps from WiseMapping are embeddable on other web pages (something not easily done with Flash-based maps). The drawbacks? Customizations are fairly basic, and they only work in a limited set of browsers.
Get Your GrandCentral – We’ve written before about the GrandCentral phone management system. Now, thanks to Blogger (both are owned by Google these days), you can skip the waiting period and sign up immediately for the service. There’s a link from that Blogger Buzz page, and though it says it’s for users of Blogger, it appears that the signup link is open to anyone.
Internet in the Sky – The Wall Street Journal is running an article about Space Data Corp. – a company that launches cheap hydrogen balloons with wireless transmitters attached, serving as the equivalent of cell phone towers in the sky. We’ve heard about similar dreams before, but this one is actually up and running. There may be hope for rural internet yet.