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Mac backup/synchronization

I'm looking for a user-friendly way to synchronize folders between OS X machines. These are in different locations, and they need to talk to each other securely. [more inside]
posted by uninformative on Jul 30, 2014 - 12 answers

One Music Library to Rule Them All

I currently use approximately four+ computers with all major OS'es (Mac, Windows, Linux-Ubuntu) between work and home. Plus an Ipod Classic for portable music listening. Problem is keeping my music library up to date on all machines, or synced together. If I create a playlist, or change ratings, genre, etc. the results also aren't propagated to the other machines. On Windows and Mac I've been using Itunes but I'm not necessarily tied to it, but it does work on 2 of the 3 OS'es. Any suggestions? There are some previous similar questions, but all look several years old.
posted by aarondesk on Dec 3, 2013 - 8 answers

How can I get synctoy to work or find a good alternative?

I'm having problems with microsoft synctoy and would like advice on how to troubleshoot it or find an alternative. [more inside]
posted by medusa on Oct 29, 2013 - 3 answers

Well-timed montages

From John Simpson flinching (at ~26s) to a 747 appearing out of the haze in Koyaanisqatsi: what are the most apposite and best-timed pairings of music to moving pictures? [more inside]
posted by Talkie Toaster on Dec 23, 2012 - 18 answers

Will my virgin iTunes sync my iPhone correctly?

I had to wipe my HDD & reinstall Windows. Will iTunes sync my iPhone 4 correctly, or decide to wipe its contents? It's synced to the cloud, and yet I am worried... [more inside]
posted by ClarissaWAM on Mar 7, 2012 - 5 answers

SOS: sync our surroundings on small network

Basic networking/backup over a network we have no control over? Looking for a sync solution for small business, please suggest and help inside! [more inside]
posted by yonation on Sep 28, 2011 - 14 answers

Computing Menages a Troi

After fifteen years of using a laptop and monitor as my desktop, I'm strongly considering switching over to dual-computer life, trading in my trusty MacBook Pro for a Mac Pro at work, and a MacBook Air at home / on the road. Are there non-obvious (i.e., beyond Dropbox and MobileMe) services, software, or best practices that would make wrangling two computers less of a disaster?
posted by thomascrown on Feb 21, 2011 - 8 answers

Cross-browser bookmark sync?

What is a good alternative to Xmarks for cross-browser bookmark syncing? [more inside]
posted by pemberkins on Sep 29, 2010 - 15 answers

Books on multi-threaded programing

Is there a good book/blog/whathaveyou about defensive programing techniques to avoid deadlocks and race conditions? I'm looking for something geared towards experienced computer engineers. [more inside]
posted by aspo on Feb 8, 2010 - 12 answers

Domain or Stand-Alone? So Complex.

How do real IT shops handle laptops in a Windows domain? [more inside]
posted by BeerFilter on Jan 5, 2010 - 7 answers

Help ADDS Synchronize users to SQL

How to make Active Directory and SQL server synchronize User accounts/passwords. [more inside]
posted by bleucube on Jul 16, 2009 - 6 answers

Active Synchronization Across a Network?

I need a lightweight program that can actively synchronize files across a network. [more inside]
posted by sciencemandan on Jun 15, 2009 - 13 answers

Help me sync contacts from one user to another over exchange?

Help me figure out a CRM/Sync solution! I'm going crazy trying to figure out a good solution for a small firm; need to sync contacts, more inside... [more inside]
posted by vrdx on Jan 11, 2009 - 3 answers

Google browser sync finally dead?

Does anyone know if Google Browser Sync has finally been 'retired'? I know that the add-on hasn't been available for download since mid-2008. Google indicated that they'd continue to make the facility available throughout 2008. When connecting this morning, I got a '502: Bad Gateway' alert, indicating that an error had occurred and suggesting 'try again later'. I'm aware of alternative solutions, thanks; I just want to know if there's any official word to indicate that Google has withdrawn the service, in which case I'll migrate to Foxmarks or Mozilla Weave. So far I haven't been able to confirm my suspicions, so I thought I'd wave to the MeFite community for assistance.
posted by davemack on Jan 6, 2009 - 7 answers

Time synchronization on a Windows network?

What's the correct way to set things on a Windows server (SBS 2003) and our client computers so the time is synchronized properly? [more inside]
posted by bcwinters on Oct 27, 2008 - 12 answers

mail2web/addressbook/iphone groups synching possible?

I've set up mail2web as an Exchange server on my iPhone purely for my contacts from Apple Addressbook, but it doesn't seem to pick up the groups the contacts should be in. is this possible at all? Or am I doing something fundamentally wrong?
posted by spyke23 on Aug 6, 2008 - 1 answer

Arrgh, major outlook synching problem!

My boss and I are both going crazy because I can't sync with her Outlook calendar on my own computer and her Blackberry won't sync with her Outlook. If she tries to download her new schedule to the Blackberry, it will erase her schedule on the hand-held instead! Help!! [more inside]
posted by parmanparman on Apr 28, 2008 - 4 answers

Out Of Sync With Firefox

My Firefox updated recently and now a dialog box pops up occasionally titled, "Foxmarks Bookmark Synchronizer." It says, "Please enter your username and password to continue." I have no username or password for Firefox. My computer is not on a network. I cancel out of this and continue, only to have it pop up again a short time later. As far as I can see, synchronization of bookmarks isn't in the help files. How do I disable this?
posted by partner on Dec 20, 2007 - 8 answers

Windows OSX Two-Way Sync, on the cheap

Three computers. Two operating systems. Help me keep my vital files synchronized without costing an arm and a leg. Previous AskMe entries have so far not helped. [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs on Jul 13, 2007 - 11 answers

Which mind machines

Mind machines – Do you currently use any particular model? I've been using "Mind Gear" and Theta’s "Voyager" for about 10 years, but they kept breaking, and now I want to get a new box. Which one would you recommend?
posted by growabrain on Jun 23, 2007 - 4 answers

Stop synchronizing my files every time I'm online!

I don't want to synchronize my files every time I connect to any wireless network. Make it stop! [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Apr 29, 2007 - 6 answers

How can I sync Yahoo and Outlook (and/or Yahoo and Thunderbird)?

How can I sync Yahoo and Outlook (and/or Yahoo and Thunderbird)? [more inside]
posted by SampleSize on Feb 17, 2007 - 4 answers

Does the new iPod shuffle do hand-picked playlists better/faster/differently from the old one?

I have an old shuffle. When I first got it, I could arrange its playlist on the iMac it syncs to without it actually being plugged in. This was fast, since it all happened on the computer. Then, I could plug in the shuffle and the actual synchronization would churn for about 30 sec (which I would not need to be present for). But in one of iTunes' famously regressive "upgrades," the ability to arrange tracks on my shuffle without it being plugged in vanished. Now, arranging tracks is a laborious process with delays between every user interaction. It sucks. No way am I buying a cute tiny colorful new one if it has the same crappy synchronization method. Does it? (I'm aware of iTunes' ability to pick random tracks from my library. No thanks!)
posted by Doctor Barnett on Jan 31, 2007 - 5 answers

Help me locate a proof about distributed transactions

A while back I was implementing a distributed transaction coordinator, and in the process also learned some of the pertaining theory. The only thing I can remember semi-vividly was a proof showing that you can't synchronize an action between two parties over an unreliable link, but I can't seem to find it any longer. The final step of the proof was something like "thus, if this was possible, you could shorten every conceivable protocol by one step, which reduces all protocols to the zero-step protocol, which is impossible". I'm pretty sure that it's a standard result of computer science, but I'm unable to find the right keywords to locate it. Help?
posted by themel on Aug 18, 2006 - 5 answers

iCal / Google Calendar sync?

It's been months now and I still can't find a synchronization solution for Google Calendar / iCal (or palm desktop) / Palm Pilot. The very fact that it's taken so long is making me suspect that there's some technical issue that makes it actually not possible. Is this correct? Is there a solution out there to sync (push data both ways) my google calendar with my palm pilot?
posted by Envoy on Jul 24, 2006 - 8 answers

Synching Groupwise with Outlook - can it really be so difficult?

Are there any (relatively) painless options for keeping my corporate groupwise calendar in synch with my own Outlook calendar? [more inside]
posted by shelbaroo on Jun 15, 2006 - 2 answers

Clap Your Hands Say WTF

Multi-track recording synchronization issues with Audacity. [more inside]
posted by ludwig_van on Mar 6, 2006 - 8 answers

How to synch Apple's Mail folders without using IMAP or iSynch.

AppleMailFilter: I’d like to synchronize my (non-smart) mailbox folders in Apple’s Mail program to use on two computers without using IMAP folders or iSynch… [more inside]
posted by tulseluper on Dec 6, 2005 - 7 answers

How to sync an older PDA with a Mac

How can I synchronize my old PDA with my new Mac without paying? [more inside]
posted by LouMac on Nov 30, 2005 - 8 answers

V3 Razr File Exchange

How can I transfer files to/from a Motorola V3 Razr and a new Powerbook if the Bluetooth File Exchange seemingly can't do it? It recognizes the phone, but can't see the internal structure of the phone's storage system. Motorola's Mobile Phone Tools has no Mac version. I can sync contacts and calendars with iSync and via Bluetooth, but I have a friend who has the same phone, but the inverse problem: he can transfer files with Bluetooth, but can't get the phone to sync contacts and calendars.
posted by Toolshed on Sep 1, 2005 - 5 answers

MediaWiki windows server synchronisation

How can I synchronise a local wiki installation (preferably MediaWiki) with an online server installation? [more inside]
posted by suleikacasilda on Aug 5, 2005 - 12 answers

PCRDist where art thou?

Where is PCRDist and what has become of the source? [more inside]
posted by chrisroberts on Mar 16, 2005 - 4 answers

Successfully sync Entourage v.X with a Palm Zire 72?

Is there any way to successfully sync Entourage v.X with a Palm Zire 72? Microsoft's conduit doesn't support the "new" Palm apps and QueueSync produces wildly varying (and incorrect) results. [mi] [more inside]
posted by tommasz on Jan 4, 2005 - 0 answers

Help me find a decent PDA/GPS combo

PDA recommendations:
Needs: Must have CF slot, 802.11b.
Wants: External GPS unit which will work with both my laptop & the PDA
Budget: 399$ or less, not including GPS/additional memory. Must come with standard accessories - cradle, cable, charger, etc.
Etc: Add-on software for viewing PDFs, Word/Excel files, map software.
posted by skwm on Oct 21, 2004 - 2 answers

Calender synchronization?

Calendar synchronization question. I keep all my appointments, work and personal (and those in the "gray area") on Outlook at work. My wife keeps all family appointments (soccer games, dentist, parties) on a paper calendar at home. We'd like all these in one place. More inside, if you please. [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Jun 4, 2004 - 3 answers

How can I sync PIM data between multiple computers?

Syncing data (contact info, schedule) between multiple computers. [mi] [more inside]
posted by mhaw on May 20, 2004 - 3 answers

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