How does one go about syncing two macs?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Kingsly, Nov 17, 2006.

  1. Kingsly macrumors 68040

    Kingsly

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    As per my discussion here, I realize that If I have two macs the need will probably arise to sync them every so often. Although I plan to use the MB as my life machine and my iMac as a work/gaming machine, I obviously would love to check e-mail on both and share contacts, calendars, etc. One can only take so much of a 13" screen when a beautiful 20 incher is looking right at you. ;)

    Also, is there an easy suggestion about what to do with my bluetooth keyboard (much preferred to the built in MB board) and wired mice. I don't want my desk so cluttered.
    Help?
     
  2. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    .Mac
     
  3. Kingsly thread starter macrumors 68040

    Kingsly

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    is there a cheaper way? :D
     
  4. m-dogg macrumors 65816

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    .Mac on sale (it is available at less then full retail from time to time).
     
  5. Kingsly thread starter macrumors 68040

    Kingsly

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    I don't want to be reliant on .mac if I don't have to be (say I decide I cant pay for it in a year... then what am I supposed to do?)

    Is there any way to sync locally? (bonjour, etc.?)
     
  6. tkidBOSTON macrumors 6502a

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    If you dont insist on using the Mail app, iCal and Address Book--
    Google provides web based programs that you could access from either computer....
     
  7. NorCalLights macrumors 6502a

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    You could copy the appropriate files by hand... that would be the cheapest way. But .Mac sure makes it easy, and the per-month cost isn't very high. Just having the iDisk is worth it to me.
     
  8. NATO macrumors 68000

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    I've just purchased Chronosync on the recommendation of another fellow MacRumors reader. It's very flexible - You can set up rules to sync as many or as little files as you want.

    It's made syncing the laptop and desktop Macs a breeze...
     
  9. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    Yes, I use Chronosync too, very useful
     
  10. prostuff1 macrumors 65816

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    You could try Chronosync which should allow you sync stuff between computers. I use it to keep a thumb drive in sync among my two machines. I can write a word document on my laptop and a totally different one on my desktop, and i can write something at school on the lab computers and save it to the thumb drive. Then i can set up to have chronosync do a bidirection sync on my 2 machines so that nothing gets deleted and replaced. It is jsut copied over.

    It works quite well and I am considering setting it up to see if it will work over a wireless network (would not see why it would not) so that i can keep my mail on each computer looking the same. Or i might just run everything through an IMAP service type thing for my mail. I miss the IMAP from my .mac service but i can't see spending $99 a year jsut for that. Not to mention that I would want seperate IMAP accounts for each of the e-mail address i have (4 which i use regularly).

    EDIT: Beat to the punch
     
  11. Kingsly thread starter macrumors 68040

    Kingsly

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    Fantastic! Thats just the thing I was looking for. How is it with Mail.app, Address book, and iCal? (mostly I care about mail.app)
     
  12. phuong macrumors 6502a

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    i don't think ChronoSync will sync iCal.
    afaik it only syncs files between chosen folders of the 2 computers
    also, what i would love to see is the ability to sync Firefox's bookmarks. this i believe ChronoSync can't do either
     

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