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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Best Ways to Share Files With a Nearby Computer

Posted by Reid Kistler in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 01:30 PM

http://lifehacker.com/5658090/whats...nearby-computer

"[W]hen you're trying to share files with someone in the same physical space as you, it hardly seems necessary to go through the slow process of uploading files to and downloading files from the internet, especially if they're rather large files. There's always the tried-and-true method of dumping your file(s) on a USB thumb drive, but if you don't have one handy (or you don't have a big enough drive), you've still got options...."

The article touches upon setting up file sharing under MAC and Windows 7, and then discusses transferring via Wifi (including using an Ad Hoc wireless connection), FireWire, and Ethernet (for which you may or may not need either a cross-over cable or adapter. The latter is pictured above, lower center). Of course, there are other alternatives available, including a USB Transfer Cable (upper left above), or via a "LapLink" transfer cable (upper center), although you might have trouble finding serial or parallel ports on many modern computers. Was amused at the thought that the "tried-and-true method" of local file transfers has become via a USB drive, whereas the "sneakernet" that many of us remember involved floppies (and 5 1/4" floppies, at that!). USB has the advantage of being nearly ubiquitous: does that make it the best choice? What is your favorite method of transferring files from one system to another (especially if away from your home or business network)?


Friday, January 22, 2010

It's Not What You Store, But How You Transfer It

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 03:00 PM

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...esata,2534.html

"Several years ago, users had to replace their PC’s hard drive or install an additional one to increase storage capacity. However, today there are many options with which to expand storage space by adding external devices, including 2.5” portable drives with 640GB (and soon 1TB of capacity) and 3.5” products that offer up to 2TB on a single hard drive."

The conclusions that Tom's Hardware arrives at is hardly surprising. There is a clear choice for performance, and a clear choice for convenience. For everything else, well, there's room enough for everyone. Reading through though, I would point out that this matters more to people who need a directly attached storage device; either you have a single computer, or your files are your own. With households having multiple computers and home networks, I felt the article should have covered NAS based solutions as well, since they allow for much more flexibility. Adding networks into the mix, my suggestion is if you intend on doing a lot of file transfers, like what Tom's Hardware was doing with 300GB samples, gigabit is an absolute must. Even at the theoretical limit of Fast Ethernet, it still pales in comparison to a USB connection. In fact, you could probably copy the files to a USB hard drive, walk up to the other computer and offload it faster than what Fast Ethernet can do! Anyone have any suggestions on how to increase storage capacity in an efficient way?


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