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Authored by: Black on Oct 08, '09 08:30:55AM

I use two tools that I find invaluable for working in a mixed environment. I run my mac alongside both linux and windows machines that are all integrated into a seamless looking display. I use Synergy, which shares the keyboard, mouse, and clipboard across all of the platforms. It won't copy files, and moving things like styled text across platforms isn't going to work, but for most general things it works well (and could also be a good solution for the original submitter as well).

The second tool I use is Dropbox. All of my machines share my Dropbox account and when I want to move files around I just pop it into the Dropbox folder and it is (almost) instantly available on all of the other machines. Sure I could duplicate this with some kind of network mapped drive, but Dropbox needed no configuration, no mounting scripts, and is just drop dead simple (it also has other neat tricks like web access to your files, versioning, and now an iPhone app). Sorry if it sounds like a sales pitch, I'm just a happy user.

Anyway, that is how I move data around between multiple machines with multiple OSs and I do it constantly without thinking about it all day long. The assumption, of course, of these solutions is full access to and long term use of the machines in question.

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Dropbox and other web 2.0 apps
Authored by: gabester on Oct 08, '09 10:26:30AM

I've heard of Dropbox before but honestly, I'm a bit adverse to putting my content out there on "the internets". I'm looking for a solution that can work without an external internet connection or a login to some kind of service; hence the specification of bonjour/openconf - I'm just looking for something to accomplish this on the local network quickly and easily.

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Dropbox and other web 2.0 apps
Authored by: leamanc on Oct 08, '09 04:52:50PM

I understand your wariness. What happens if everyone sticks with Dropbox's free 2 GB and nobody buys any extra space?

I am a big Dropbox advocate too, like the GP poster, but am also keeping a copy of my Dropbox sync'ed to my server occasionally.

That said, it's hard not to love Dropbox. They really get this whole "cloud" business right, and it's so seamless across Mac, Windows and Linux. I really can't live without it now.

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