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Chapter 19. Windows Unplugged: Remote an... > Taking Files with You: Offline Folde...

Taking Files with You: Offline Folders

You may have experienced the “Offline” problem: There are important files on a network server that you need when you're away from the network. So, you need to make copies to take with you. If you later make changes to your copies, the network's copies will be out of date. But, if someone changes the originals on the network computer, your copies will be out of date. Trying to remember where the originals came from and where the most recent copies are located is a painful job. The answer to the offline problem, of course, is automation. Computers can do anything, right?

I don't know if you ever tried to use My Briefcase in previous versions of Windows, but the answer to that question is “not always.” My Briefcase was a tool that let you transfer files between computers by copying them to and from a special folder. Or something like that—the whole thing was so confusing I never really understood it. Whenever I tried to use it, it froze, lost files, or crashed my computer. Well, as the saying goes, “It's the thought that counts.”


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