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What hardware or programs should we use to work remotely?

by parenting_education / September 20, 2012 11:09 AM PDT

Help. I work for a small non-profit. We have three desktop computers, each with its own set of files. Lately, one person has been working remotely and needs to access the files from all three computers easily, to work on the files simultaneously with those in the office, and to save her updates back onto the office computers. We currently use Carbonite, but we can't save the files back onto the computer or work on the same file simultaneously. I considered drop box, but at any given time, we may need to access any of the files from any of the three computers.
Any suggestions for what software or hardware will help us?

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Clarification Request
by CSIonCnet / January 3, 2013 5:11 AM PST

I know this post is old, but I wanted to know if you ever found solution for this?

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 21, 2012 2:57 AM PDT

Co-editing is still a work in progress. And when I talk to folk about the solutions I've used over the years and in fact created the usual response is, well, that sound at night with the crickets.

-> You didn't reveal how you co-edit today.

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by parenting_education / September 21, 2012 6:32 AM PDT
In reply to: None.

Not sure you could really call what we do co-editing. We either have one person do the work and email it to the other to review and save onto our computers OR we each open the documents (the person working remotely pulls each file from Contribute), we get on the phones or Skype, and we discuss what we want to edit. I know we could put each document into drop box or google docs, but each project usually needs multiple files opened at the same time. Have you found any method that works well for you?

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Our "co-edit" system is real.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 21, 2012 6:46 AM PDT
In reply to: Co-editing

It's a database system running on MySQL and the records are only locked when that record is going to be edited by the user. As you can imagine, co-editing is far beyond most companies today. It's not a moon shot but more like a trip to Mars. A lot of work and planning.

Your current system can be implemented just fine with Dropbox. But co-editing is not what you are doing today. Unless you want to re-define co-editing.

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PS. For the new person that added their question.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 3, 2013 5:23 AM PST
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by BrianMitchell1 / February 5, 2013 1:19 PM PST

You should take help from your nearby IT solutions providers.

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That's always fun.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 6, 2013 12:22 AM PST
In reply to: hi

Over the years about 1 in 100 IT solutions providers actually got the job done. That's quite a poor track record.

Maybe some do better but in our office the IT person is not much more than a dust bunny chaser.

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