Like one computer, with two terminals
May 17, 2010 9:14 AM Subscribe
Help me achieve complete and total sync between my sick dad's laptop and the desktop PC in his home office, as seamlessly and invisibly as possible.
posted by patnasty to computers & internet (9 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Between the chemo and cancer, my dad doesn't have the strength to sit up at his computer for as long as he's used to. Add in the pain meds, and he's left too forgetful to keep track of what he's saved on which computer, etc.
I'm assuming dropbox is probably the best method for this, and while there are plenty of great how-to's out there explaining how to use dropbox to do this and that, I can't find one that makes sense to me on a big-picture scale.
What I want is for pretty much everything my dad does on either computer to be mirrored on the other. This includes making changes to MS Word and Excel documents, sending + receiving emails and attachments with Thunderbird, saving and organizing photos from his digital camara(s) with Picasa, listening to audiobooks and classical music he rips from CDs in iTunes, and generally making a mess of his hard drive with Windows Explorer, because he has a different idea of what is an "intuitive" organizational system than anyone alive. (This has been true since long before the cancer & chemo.)
Having all of this data stored "in the cloud" isn't necessary, or even preferred, unless it's the only way to achieve what I'm looking to do. I'm also open to suggestions for outside-the-box solutions.
Oh, and finally -- both computers are running on Windows XP, and I'm told that I forcibly upgrade him at my own peril.