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The ‘two computer’ problem

Well, not so much a problem as an annoyance I guess.

I write at the PC sometimes, and the laptop others – mostly during the middle of the day I use the PC because well, if Ivy is home and I even try to use the laptop she keeps looking at it asking about everything on the screen, which is simply not conducive to getting writing done. The laptops is more for nights.

The problem then, or annoyance, is that I have to get my story on both computers. I tend to email it to myself anyways as a back up, but I feel like there should be some easier way.

So, I’m going to try writing in google docs for a couple of days and see how that feels. Then all I have to do is click into it and go, no need to worry about stopping to save, or emailing, or making sure its saved in the right file, not the temporary documents etc etc…

Has anyone else used google docs? Or another online writing tool like it? Any advice?

Thanks. Better get writing while I have a chance.

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10 thoughts on “The ‘two computer’ problem”

  1. I have similar, and I tend to just write straight to my USB key. Technically I have heard that working from it can sometimes lead to corrosion of data, but I figure as long as I backup frequently I’m ok *crosses fingers*

    Some of my friends (also flatmates) have networked their computers through the router so they have shared folders you can access through each of their computers. I’ve never tried it, so I’m not quite sure how it works, but it might be worth looking into.

  2. I used google docs, and except for my abysmal typing, thought it was fine. (I did have a small problem of occasionally finding a paragraph moved. don’t know what that was about!) since my laptop debacle, I was relying on saving all current bits on my flash drive, which was fine, but I didn’t feel at ease until WORD was installed on the rebooted notebook.

    as long as you’re backed up, that’s all that matters!! šŸ™‚

    1. Yeah, it can be annoying, but better to be safe than sorry ALWAYS when it comes to writing. You can’t have enough back ups! lol

  3. Hi J.C.,

    Have you tried Microsoft Office Live Workspace? It offers users the ability to create, save, access, and share documents and files online for free. There is even a plug-in for MS Office that lets you save your files to your online Workspace automatically from whichever Office program you are using. No need to worry about bringing a USB drive everywhere or deal with formatting you’re unfamiliar with. Check it out and let us know what you think!

    Cheers,
    Kate
    MSFT Office Live Outreach
    http://workspace.officelive.com

    1. I’m going to have to check that out, thank you! I use word and found it weird writing into google docs yesterday, so this might just be the answer šŸ™‚

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