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Hi, I’m Brad Feld, a managing director at the Foundry Group who lives in Boulder, Colorado. I invest in software and Internet companies around the US, run marathons and read a lot.

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Updating Computers

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I’ve been in Homer for 24 hours and my desktop computer – which I turned on for the first time in 10 months yesterday – is still downloading software, updating itself, and rebooting.  I caught a note by Alex King about the same issue (he’s only been away from his PC for two weeks.)  I’ve got four desktops (Eldorado Springs, Homer, Office, and Treadputer) that have “identical configurations.”  It’s remarkable how much “updating” is going on to this one, and I’ll still only have current versions of the software on it – my configuration is far from the same as my other three machines (which are pretty close, but each have their own special software quirks.) 

The worst part of this is figuring out what special configs I need for certain things that I depend on all day long.  Fortunately I have my laptop with me to help figuring things out.  It seems like there should be a simple way to keep all your computers “in sync” – there used to be this briefcase thing, right?  Yeah yeah, I know, switch to a Mac and use .Mac.

Oops – Adobe is telling me “Your system must be restarted to continue this update.  Click the Reboot Now button to reboot your computer…”  Time to go.

  • rick gregory

    Brad, Brad… ditch the desktops, live on your laptop…

  • http://www.espen.com/weblog Espen

    You might want to try foldershare.com, which synchs datafiles between computers. I have one desktop at work, one at home, and a laptop, and Foldershare synchs between them just beautifully. Works under Windows only. The smart thing is that it doesn’t store the data itself, just a list of file structures and dates.

    The wonderful thing is, you never need to think about where your files are. Plus, you can log in to Foldershare and access you files from any computer.

    (You still have to do backup, and there is the unfortunate side effect that if you accidentally delete a file, it is immediately deleted from your other computers as well. Which is why you need regular backup.)

    Highly recommended.

  • PRoales

    Norton Ghost those boxes right up!

  • http://www.feld.com Brad Feld

    Rick – I wish I could but it has never seemed to really work for me. I love my three monitor set up too much and have never gotten a docking station config that works with a laptop that I like. I also often find myself without my laptop when I run from point A to point B (e.g. home to office) so that cramps my style also. But – everytime I go through this nonsense, I start thinking about it again.

  • Simon Appleton

    I second Foldershare – works well for keeping multiple machines in sync, and i think there is a Mac client.

  • zmann

    Where’s the Domodrive when you need it? :)
    http://www.movai.com

  • http://www.newmanva.com/blog Ari N

    Brad – another reason to ditch the PCs…you’ll be safer too.
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/5150508.stm

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