Going through and culling all of my data recently and setting up syncing and some other things got me thinking. How automated are the setups you're using?
For example: I have a folder with all of my writing in it. I've lost it before, it was pretty terrible, so I've taken the precautions of throwing a copy of that folder on every storage device I have. I've got a the backups on two drives, and the 'working' folder on one drive on my main computer, and one drive on my Eee to take with me. Remembering to reflect the changes on one side of the equation usually slips me by, so I decided to automate it.
Dropbox is the keystone here. I've got the folder with all my writing sitting in my dropbox. Using Synctoy
, I have it automated to make the changes to the master folders on my desktop and my Eee every two days at 4:30 in the morning, so that it'll replicate the changes made to the master folder to the one in Dropbox, which will in turn get updated, which will in turn update the master folder on the other machine. I thought it was a pretty clever way of handling it, but I'm curious to know if anyone has any better ideas. The built in Windows task scheduler doesn't have an event trigger for when the machine enters a domain, or workgroup, or homegroup for that matter (both machines are running 7), which I decided would be the best option considering the coming-and-going nature of working on the Eee.
How much faith do you have in the Cloud as an idea? I know there was recently some cloud services that up and vanished with no warning, which frightens me to some extent. Backing up the data that you put on a cloud service is a necessary precaution, but in-so-far that it defeats some of the purpose of cloud storage in general.
Check out Live Mesh from Microsoft as well. It has all the features of sync and more. Skydrive is also nice, they give you 25 gigs of storage free.
"If you're going to play tiddly winks, play it with man hole covers."
- John McCallum
Using directory junctions instead of synctoy is an excellent idea and I'm somewhat upset with myself that I didn't think of that.