Data syncing has been a recurring problem for me for as long as I can remember. Reading and modifying documents at work, and then trying to access these documents at home can be a pain in the ass unless you get into the regular habit of copying these documents to your USB key, or to your laptop. When you are ready to work on these documents at home, you have copy these documents off your device, do your work, then save them documents back to the device so that you will have an updated copy when you go back to work.
Well, I’m lazy. I hate routine, and I hate having to “develop a habit”. Sometimes developing a habit or routine (daily, weekly, monthly) is necessary, but for some things, like document management, it shouldn’t be. The computer has the power to do the work for us, we just have to tell it how. Luckily, my work computer is my laptop, so that eliminates one obstacle. At home, I have my workstation setup with a “mapped network drive” (windows) to a directory on my laptop (windows) where I keep my data. My laptop has built-in 802.11g wireless capability. At home, I have a Linksys Wireless-G AP.
So in order to access the documents on my laptop, I have to:
1: Turn the laptop on
And voila! I have access to my work documents via a share on my home workstation. But for me, thats not enough! I have few other problems, and possible solutions I will discuss in a response to this article