Back from holiday now - hence the lack of blogging for a few weeks.
I've been fantasising about buying a new desktop PC for home along with a cool new monitor. I have my eye on a dell vostro Intel Core 2 Duo 3Ghz, 2Gb RAM with one of the new 24" widescreen monitors. Ideally I would like to have a powerful desktop for working at home and my work laptop for everything else. In the middle of all this, I also received a new laptop from HP so I'm in the process of migrating from my old tc4400 to the new one. This got me thinking about the challenges this creates about wanting all my stuff synchronised on more than one machine.
Here are the ways I've tried:
The problem gets more complicated I find when I try to do email on multiple PCs because I like to have access to my archives of filed email which all reside in psts. I have a system of creating a new pst file every financial year and I file a lot of email there to keep my mailbox size down. I believe Microsoft internally is going to ban the use of pst files soon and make us keep everything in our Exchange mailbox which will solve my problem of synchronisation. Trouble is that currently my mailbox would get full all the time due to large folders of sent items, rss feeds, calendar and contacts. A few years ago I used to get over this by network sharing my outlook folder and attaching the desktop outlook to the pst over the network. Perhaps surprisingly, this works extremely well and means you never have a sync issue. I stopped doing this though because I needed both PCs to be RAS'd in to the office for the credentials on the share to work. I might try this again using local credentials.
Hopefully if I can resolve all this I can move on to justifying the cost of the new PC which currently battles with competing priorities like a new bathroom shower etc.. the list is long..