It all started about two years back, when I started studying on coursera. I was really excited and the courses were awesome.
But where I live, the internet speeds are not very good, so I used to download a video while I watched a previously downloaded one. This process was cumbersome and I had to wait a lot before I could study.
Then I came across a python script which could download and rename the files from coursera, I was elated.
But this too had its own problems, it could not resume downloads, it skipped broken downloads and there was no easy way to add new downloads or prioritize them, what I needed was something like JDownloader for coursera.
So, I decided to make one. I initially named it Ouroboros – because learning is infinite, but the name Ouroboros seemed too long, so it was renamed to BORG in later versions.
The application I had made was GUI based and easy to use, it could resume downloads, had a priority list, speed throttle and better naming and organizing capabilities than coursera-dl.
Thus, it became one of the most useful tools in my studies.
Now, after using it to make my studies better, I wanted more people, students like me who were studying from coursera to benefit from this. But as a plain old downloader it looked very small, and its utility limited.
So, I decided to turn this from a simple coursera downloader to a complete MOOC study tool.
Now BORG has many more features.
It supports courses from coursera, edx and nptel. You can add your own too.
It has a video player to watch online as well as downloaded course videos
You can take notes while watching, it pauses the video automatically while you write, and it saves the notes according to the video time-stamp.
Feel like doodling while watching videos? It has a drawing pad too.
It has time tracking features, it logs events and gives you the summary of which videos you have watched and how much time you have spent on what.
You can add your own events to the logger too.
If you are like me and keep forgetting to take a break, Borg has a break reminder too. You can set the time and duration of breaks.
I am also bundling many helpful utilities in Borg, which will help you in your studies.
- ToDo List
- Countdown Timer
- Event Logger
- Flash cards
- Drawing Pad
Its not just all work though, it will also have some games to help you unwind.
The best thing about BORG? It will be free for personal use.
and if you like it, you can donate towards its maintenance and development.
I too eat chips, cakes and drink coke, that costs money 🙂
[paypal_donation_button] You can send Bitcoins too.
My goal with Borg is for students to benefit from this. As many students as possible.
Borg will be initially available for MacOS and Windows.
Planning to release it for iOS, Android and Linux too, depending on the availability of time and funds.
The Borg website is live at http://gautamji.com/borg. Further updates, how to download and all other info will be available from there