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Friday, November 11, 2005

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Danny

It certainly sounds a useful service, but I'm a little puzzled why MS decided to buy an existing company rather than rolling their own system, there's plenty to work from in the wild - e.g. rsync.

(Incidentally I've ended up using Subversion for virtually all my own file transfers - does need the manual interaction, but then everything's version controlled).

Suresh Kumar

Im not sure what the excitement about foldershare is?

afterall both machines must be connected on the internet, no annoying firewalls/routers getting in the way.

With Groove i can work connected or disconnected and my peer machines will always still stay in synch.

Its a bit confusing when MS has 2 products like this... maybe foldershare will be used just with IM users who want to share files with friends... but i stll reckon this is a stop gap... until they embed groove plumbing into the base OS platform (Post Vista?).


Zoli Erdos

I was thrilled when I downloaded it yesterday - but is it possible you can onlu have ONE directory (with it's subdirectories) syncronised? I can hardly believe it, it's too restrictive, yet I only found ways to add new machines, not new directories :-(

Michael Parekh

Zoli,

I believe you can sync more than one directory, although I like to use just one omnibus folder with the same name that I keep on all my computers and have Foldershare sync them in the background...this way I can just drop anything I may want to access on any of the other PCs and it's available...

check out this link in their FAQ section for more:
https://www.foldershare.com/info/faq/Syncing.php?

Michael Parekh

Suresh,
I'm not as familiar with Groove, but an important differentiation with Foldershare is it's peer to peer architecture. This allows file transfers to go on across networks and the Internet between multiple PCs and/or mobile devices IN THE BACKGROUND.

This means one can sync and share pretty large files in multiple places.

It's simple after one gets it, but quite an "out-of-the-box" application of the P2P approach, which to date has been used just to share files, not constantly sync them in the background.

Of course, the other "out-of-the-box" P2P application is Skype, but that's a whole other story.

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