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  • Lower Tech Cross-Platform Solution

    I've got a Windows PC at work, a Mac Laptop at home.

    Has anyone built a workable solution that is "mid-tech" - electronic but not too fancy. For example, I put all my project stuff on a USB drive and transfer it between both computers.

    For example,

    word/rtf documents transfer between both - checklists and notes.
    Folders for projects.
    MindMapper (the open source thing) seems to work fine on both windows and mac.
    I'm not sure what I'd use for calendar.
    individual documents for contacts.
    a good text search tool on both!

  • #2
    Palm Desktop is free and can be downloaded from You don't have to use a Palm to use the desktop. I haven't used it as you suggest, but it may be worth a try.

    Also, you can use a program like Unison File Synchronizer to keep both machines in synch with your USB drive.
    Unison is a file-synchronization tool for Unix and Windows. (It also works on OSX to some extent, but it does not yet deal with 'resource forks' correctly; more information on OSX usage can be found on the unison-users mailing list archives.) It allows two replicas of a collection of files and directories to be stored on different hosts (or different disks on the same host), modified separately, and then brought up to date by propagating the changes in each replica to the other.

    Good luck!


    • #3
      Rick, I always liked the palm desktop. Do you know if you can literally share the same files. i.e., I could have my palm desktop home files on the usb, then share between both?


      • #4
        Duh! I've gotten so used to using Unison that I didn't even think of the obvious.

        I only use Windows and Linux (Buying a Mac is on my Someday/Maybe list, however). In the Windows version I don't think that the install gives you an option of where the data is stored. This may be stored in the registry, however, which would make this easy to change. You could also try asking in the GTD_Palm Yahoo! Group, someone else there may know for sure. Personally, I would just play around and see.