Monday, January 9, 2012

Data Sharing - Part 1 of 2

In today’s busy world, the idea of mobile computing has invaded every aspect of life. Work and play is filled with using a computer on the train, on the couch, in the office, at your house, with a mouse, at the park, for just a lark.

The avenue of information gathering is filled with laptops, phones, tablets, netbooks, and even that trusty desktop sitting at home. Our daily lives are spread across two or three devices. Contacts and calendars can be found on our phone or work computer, but not the tablet or home computer. The music library can be found on the iPod or home computer, but not the phone. That important document, that you finished last night, is sitting safely on your home computer, but you need it today at 11am on your work computer.

Trailing behind the idea of mobile technology is the idea of mobile data sharing. Soon after everyone realized they could take a computer with them in their pocket, they realized they needed to take their documents, music, and movies right along with them.

Data and file sharing can take many different forms. And, solutions can be found to meet anyone’s particular needs. Answers to data and file sharing problems can be found through hardware, software, and cloud solutions.

Hardware solutions are the simplest and most straight-forward way to share data between multiple devices. However, these solutions are only relevant for desktops, laptops, and netbooks. External hard drives and flash drives can be thought of as simply a handy box to throw extra stuff in.

If you need to take a document or file to work, just throw it in the box and take it with you. Obviously, this limits your transfers between computers that have available USB ports, so tablet and smart phones are still out of luck. The range of use for flash drives, though, makes them a needed hardware for any mobile worker. And, with the variety out there, you can find a flash drive that works for you.

Don’t just limit yourself to moving files, too. There are countless mobile activities for a flash drive. Tech Republic provides this list of ten cool things you can do. Make sure to bring your own private internet browser, mp3 player, or many other applications with you on the go. You can even tote a full operating system on a flash drive that is smaller than a stick of gum.

In part 2, we will address software, mobile, and cloud solutions.

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