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Hour 17. Using Windows on the Road > The Windows Briefcase

The Windows Briefcase

When on the road, you want to work with the most up-to-date data files possible. Therefore, users often copy the latest files from their desktops to portable PCs before leaving on a trip. The direct cable connection, described in Hour 15, "Exploring Your Hardware Interface," is a great way to copy those files, as is a networked system. Users can also use floppy disks and high-capacity disks, such as Zip disks, to transfer data between two computers.

When they return, those users often have to reverse the process and copy their latest laptop data files over the ones on the desktops to refresh the desktop's files so that both computers stay in synchronization with each other. Until Windows, the only way to ensure that you were working with the latest data files was to look at the file date and time values and work with only the latest. At best, trying to maintain the latest files was a hassle and often caused confusion and errors as well.


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