Chris (Reddog) on 19 Apr 2010 06:52:45 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] How to manage your files among multiple PCs

While yes, dropbox does work well for managing files between a
computer at home, and one at the office or on the road.. I wouldn't
want to use it for my home media files between all my home

I use a d-link DNS-323 NAS
unit. It's got 2 sata bays, gigabit ethernet, and runs an easily
hackable linux distro.

You can use it as smbfs/cifs mount, ftp, as well as a few other
protocols. I use mine to store all my multimedia content, and as a
backup drive.

It makes it very easy to pull what I want from anywhere in the house,
and using sftp with my server, makes it very easy to pull any files
when I'm on the road.

Chris Callie

On Mon, Apr 19, 2010 at 9:43 AM, Douglas Muth <> wrote:
> I agree.  Dropbox works quite well for managing files between multiple
> computers.
> In addition to that, I also use rsync to manage files between my
> laptop and 2 desktops.  I manually run rsync pretty regularly to push
> my changes to the other machines on my network.  Though writing
> crontabs wouldn't hurt either.
> Note that none of the above takes the place of regular incremental
> backups that are stored offsite.
> -- Doug
> On Mon, Apr 19, 2010 at 9:21 AM, Doug Stewart <> wrote:
>> Dropbox, Dropbox, Dropbox. Works on Windows, Linux and OS X. Limited
>> in space, yes, but for non-media, it's plenty sufficient.
>> --
>> Doug Stewart
>> On Apr 19, 2010, at 1:03 AM, Gordon Dexter <> wrote:
>>> Way back when I only had one computer organizing my files was easy.  I
>>> had nice and organized folder heirarchy, with everything in it's
>>> proper
>>> place.  I'm a packrat, so I accumulate lots of junk, but as long as I
>>> put everything in the right place it worked nicely.
>>> Now I have a desktop, a server/HTPC that sometimes acts as a
>>> desktop, an
>>> Eee (with not much space), and a few server accounts, and everything
>>> is
>>> haphazard all over the place.  My laptop has some files, my desktop
>>> has
>>> some different files, my server has a different set of files, and
>>> everything is messy and disorganized.  My media collection is in
>>> spread
>>> over two computers and my personal documents are sprawled out across
>>> three or four, all the computers have some form of 'download'
>>> directory
>>> with some useful stuff, and I'm starting to forget where I put things.
>>> I even have older copies of my home folder from old installs,
>>> sitting in
>>> subfolders of my current home directory.
>>> I have been running my own Dovecot IMAPS server, so email is
>>> synchronized among all computers, and I just set up Xmarks BYOS so
>>> bookmarks are similarly common.  Those things are really nice, since I
>>> don't have to think about what is on what computer, but I don't think
>>> that would work for my media collection, at least in part because it
>>> wouldn't fit on the server, and certainly not on my Eee.
>>> I want to figure out a better way to organize files.  Network mounts
>>> sound like the most obvious solution until my laptop is somewhere
>>> without internet (or without port 22 outbound permitted).
>>> What do you guys do to organize your home directories, media
>>> collections, sprawling document piles, etc?  I've heard of people
>>> using
>>> versioning systems, network mounts with offline cache, etc.  I'm
>>> sort of
>>> looking for a series of specific programs or practices that might be
>>> integrated into a holistic system for managing my digital clutter.
>>> --Gordon
>>> P.S. Bonus points if my wife's Mac can use it for backups
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