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Old 06-10-2011, 12:19 AM
 
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I'm new to the laptop world; I just bought myself a used Asus M50VM notebook. Put my (legal) Windows 7 Pro license on there, got it up to date, all the drivers and software loaded, etc.

But, now that I have a laptop and a desktop, I'm kind of thinking they need to sync some critical data. Not necessarily media--I can run my desktop as a media server for that. But stuff like important work documents, bookmarks, contact lists, etc would be pretty useful.

And if I can keep all this synced with my Android phone as well, that would be even better.

Anyone have some suggestions for me? I've never really needed to keep track of stuff like this before.
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Old 06-10-2011, 12:25 AM
 
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How much data are we talking about? Bookmarks can be synced with a program called Xmarks. Documents could be synced through Dropbox or Windows Live Mesh. What form are the contacts in? I have Outlook sync my contacts with my Gmail account so they're accessible from anywhere.
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Old 06-10-2011, 11:47 AM
 
Location: New York City
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This is what the Apple iCloud is designed to do, i.e., sync your desktop, laptop, phone, music player and tablet.

I’m sure the others (Microsoft and Google) will follow. Of course it’s easier with Apple because all of their hard/software is designed to work together. There might be compatibility issues if you have multiple operating systems (Windows and Android) on different devices.

Nonetheless, it’s where technology is going. And there are current work-arounds, like Dropbox.
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Old 06-10-2011, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Tyler, TX
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Dropbox or GoodSync.

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And there are current work-arounds, like Dropbox.
I don't see Dropbox as a work-around for anything. It does exactly what it's supposed to do, and it does it very well. My ONLY complaint with it is that you can't shut it down gracefully from the command line. Otherwise, it's nearly perfect. AND it supports Windows, Mac, Linux, iPhone/iPad, Android and Blackberry.

Good stuff, and not a "work-around."
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Old 06-10-2011, 12:46 PM
 
Location: Wicker Park, Chicago
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Google Chrome has an option to sync your Chrome Bookmarks; I tried it and it stinks. It corrupted the bookmarks with double data, so I turned it off and had to edit my bookmarks.
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Old 06-10-2011, 02:18 PM
 
Location: New York City
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Dropbox or GoodSync.


I don't see Dropbox as a work-around for anything. It does exactly what it's supposed to do, and it does it very well. My ONLY complaint with it is that you can't shut it down gracefully from the command line. Otherwise, it's nearly perfect. AND it supports Windows, Mac, Linux, iPhone/iPad, Android and Blackberry.

Good stuff, and not a "work-around."
There’s a difference between accessing shared files and truly syncing multiple devices, which is what the OP asked about and what iCloud does. If your goal is a true sync, then Dropbox is a work-around, but it’s because the goal post just shifted with the iCloud announcement. Now a full-sync, including media and bookmarks, will be available for mass-market use wirelessly and in real-time.
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