How do you keep a Desktop and Laptop in sync?

Filed under: Technology; Author: Les Bain; Posted: April 19, 2008 at 3:11 pm;

This is an ongoing issue, and there are lots of options.

  1. Do everything online, using SalesForce.com, Google gmail and docs, and online blogs. Then it does not make any difference what computer is being used.
  2. Use various sync software to align data on both machines. This is a cottage industry of products and services.
  3. Use storage devices like flash drives to store data and just plug the device into the computer that is being used.
  4. Put all the data on the laptop (with the assumption that the laptop is always with you) and then network the two and use the desktop against the laptop data.

I use another technique. I get everything set on the desktop, and use remote control software to access the desktop over the internet.

The laptop becomes an internet machine, and the desktop is just another internet server to access. When I take the laptop to the patio to work, I access the desktop over the Internet using my wireless router along with any other site I want to access.

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