Looking for ideas on managing files from multiple locations
May 26, 2008 4:25 PM Subscribe
Give me some ideas to manage my files, my data, my general computer setup etc. etc. for best use from multiple locations.
Basically, I have the following situation:
I have a laptop (Macbook, Tiger), which I use to take notes on etc. I also occasionally make notes on other computers elsewhere (PCs, can't install software on them - they've got web browsers and Cygwin, and some have the option to boot Linux - can't remember which distro). I don't leave my laptop on and on the internet all the time (so I don't think remote desktop is a viable solution).
Sometimes I have an internet connection, sometimes I don't.
I'd like to be able to access all my files from everywhere (this includes PDFs), edit from everywhere etc. - but I also quite fancy version control, and having my own backups.
I have shell access to a shared server, and some (but not a huge amount) of technical competence (I've set up PHP/MySQL sites, dabbled in Ruby, but I'm far short of rolling my own fullblown solution).
I have access to an iDisk.
Could you outline (and provide any links) to my various options - so far I'm thinking Google Docs solution (but I'm worried about reliability - my worst nightmare is making notes offline, and them not syncing and then losing them all - plus I'd quite like to have overall control of my stuff), or some kind of version control system (but what if I have no connection - I probably can't get the latest version of a doc to edit).
Other stuff being available (address book etc.) would be great.
Any ideas appreciated, including purchase of new hardware (within reason - eeePC etc ok, rack mounted server less so).