I have a work laptop, a work desktop and a personal computer at home. Moving between each of these machines could be frustrating if it weren’t for a couple nifty tools. The two big areas for me are my IE favorites and my OneNote folders. While I have been happily using Favorites Sync for a while now I have only recently settled on a solution to keep my documents folders in sync.
MS offers folder redirection to their employees that keeps your entire My Documents folder up on a server. When you’re off the corporate network XP automatically makes the folder available in a cached mode. It’s pretty slick. But… the folder size is limited and, for employees in California, very slow.
Back in April Microsoft purchased Groove Networks. The Groove product is very cool, creating what amounts to a peer to peer Share Point server. Groove will sync folders and files across multiple computers and allows you to control access so you can easily work with multiple people on a projects covering a whole mess of files. Groove is really cool, and since MS bought it, employees can use it for free. But… it takes a while for a computer running Groove to boot up (not a ton of time, but I’m impatient). Groove also has chat, project and people management functionality. It’s a great product but overkill for simply sharing files.
That brings me to FolderShare. FolderShare is much more light-weight than Groove, focusing only folder sharing. Groove is great for a multi-person office environment and FolderShare is perfect for individuals. FolderShare offers both free and for-pay versions of their service. The free version of the service limits the number of files and sub-folders which can be shared as well as the speed of the file sync. I’ve been able to stick to just using the free service by keeping a sub-folder in my documents folder where I put the items I want to share (typically my current work) and moving them out when I’m done.
This morning we announced that we purchased FolderShare… I’m hoping I can get the upgraded service now for free. Yep, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… I’m cheap. 🙂