I've meant for several weeks to close the circle on the biggest change in my own computing life in many years. This is my shift to virtually all-cloud operation, as prefigured here. Full chronicling some other time. Symptoms of the shift are: I haven't loaded Outlook in nearly two months, after moving my old PST files into Gmail*; and I haven't thought about which of my computers had the "current" version of a file, or copied files from one to another, in about as long.
The two indispensable enablers of this change have been:
- The marvelous and utterly reliable SugarSync, which means I can get any of my files from any device, whether netbook or laptop or desktop or mobile phone, while also knowing that the files are all safely backed up. For later, why I think this is better and more flexible than alternatives like DropBox, and how to make it work with Mac programs like Scrivener and DevonThink, whose files are tricky to sync.
- Gmail rather than Outlook as the ultimate repository for my mail, which I can then get at, via IMAP connection, from any of my computers in a variety of ways. I can use Thunderbird, Apple Mail, Outlook if I want, normal online Gmail on the web, offline Gmail via Google Gears (details and quirks of offline use later). No matter how I get at them, the messages themselves show up in the right classifications -- still-to-be-answered, nagging-but-never-will-be-answered, archived, etc -- from any machine.