"Roy Schestowitz" <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
> __/ [RobDee] on Monday 29 August 2005 12:18 \__
>> Yes, thanks Roy. It's difficult to explain my exact needs without filling
>> a screen or two - which I'm sure everyone would love to read - not!
>> The main problem is my "sloppy" way of working and the fact that the
>> join different networks (guest status usually) including my own wireless
>> net at home (non server), so I can't centralise my files and thus there's
>> a lot of scope for me to lose track of the various versions of certain
>> files and yes, occasionally I get asked "are you sure you want to
>> overwrite the newer version with an older one.........." I end up having
>> to pause to open both versions to see which I prefer to keep - if not
>> both! I really need to set up a system which helps me get organised -
>> if something as simple as saving *any* changed files to a single "Working
>> Folder" - then I need to synchronise only the files therein on a regular
>> basis and occasionally relocate the definitive version(s) of each file.
>> I'm currently playing around with SyncToy (XP) and Synchromagic Pro -
>> maybe I can build a simple procedure to get myself organised.
> Hi Rob,
> I would be happy to try to help further with this. It sounds as if you
> rather persistent network access. If not, you can get around it quite
> There are two key solutions:
> 1. Centralise everything in a single workstation and connect to it
> remotely, merely using any other machine as a hollow (no data)
> computational station and you main workstation as a 'host' -- the 'poppa'
> of all data. In Linux, this can easily be established using SSH and
> protocols. In Windows, VNC (remote desktop) is one such solution, but data
> transfers could be a pain.
> 2. Conduct and manage an on-line filestore. You may not be able to
> files on your work machine from home and vice versa. One of the machines
> might be switched off or not connected. Consider putting your important
> files on a secure Web space that is maintained by a Web host and is
> available 99.9%+ of the time. All you have to do then is connect to your
> site/filespace, get the most recent file, apply changes to it and 'commit'
> it once editing is finished by uploading it, overriding the old file.
> Is my advice going in a useful direction, or am I expending your time and
> time in vain? Can you think of which solution you foresee as more suitable
> to you? For the very same reason you describe (among others), data and
> operating systems are drifting on-line or towards our pockets (e.g. iPod
> with Linux in IBM, LifeDrive), but it might take another 5-10 to become a
> mainstream trend.
Useful advice thanks Roy (also some very interesting stuff on your website),
but the fact that I'm sometimes away from any kind of network access for
long periods of time would limit my options to "no. 2", I do have Web Space
available to me. I suspect at the end of the day that simply getting into a
routine of organising my files / systems and designating one of the desktop
machines as "Boss", would go a long way to getting me sorted.
Thanks again for all your input.
> Roy S. Schestowitz Useless fact: There are five regular polyhedra