Alan, We all have ''our'' way of doing things. We, I, may think ''our way'' ''my way'' is the easyest or best. It all boils down to works for you! Yes you can use ethernet but you must set up a network and yes networks have been around for a long time and is a fast way to move or share files. The wizard in xp is not as easy as 1-2-3. For me its not worth the headache of setting up a network just to move some files.
I have three methods. One is a usb pcLink cable I purchased from Mico Center for $10 bucks. Its not plug & play and you must load the driver on both machines. Its not fast either, but its easy and I'm into easy! I'm not into fast! It will copy or move your files.
Two-I have a one gig flash drive, Memorex, I can put it on my key chain, it is plug & play with xp and 2000, easy is an understatment! You can copy, move, or drag & drop. an accessory everyone needs with their computer. Mine was $49 bucks after the rebate at Fry's. As long as you have less than a gig of ''stuff'' to move its great! Or you can move ''stuff'' delete and move more ''stuff''...EASY!!!
Three-If you have a cd burner, do yourself a favor and keep up to date copies of all your documents, files, favorites and settings. Also keep an up to date list of all programs and applications. Be able to go to your programs and know what everything is!
As I am retired from BellSouth, I injoy working on/upgrading machines for my friends, family and neighbors...I make just enough to support my Ebay, gadget and hardware habbit!
Please post if you need more ''opinions''!
Here's the link to my usb cable