I’m sure you’ve been at work, thinking “Crap, I don’t want to go home and do this, because I don’t have the software there.” Or maybe you do have the software, but you don’t have some certain set of plugins (i.e. Photoshop Brushes for a graphic designer), and you need a way to get those things synchronized in both places at once. ***As such, this experiment implies that I will NOT be using this program in two locations simultaneously.*** (That’s not to say that it can’t be done – but it is to say that it will require more human intervention to resolve the file version conflicts than I wish to do.)
Well, I have an answer – and this example will use the Digsby Instant Messenger client. (I’ll get technical after the story below.) Here’s a little background…
I have this idea, ok? What I noticed while migrating some of the users from the Admissions Department at the University for which I work, was that it was tough to explain to them sufficiently that:
- Their passwords are going to have to change at some point, due to security policy.
- When they change it on their desktop, it’s not automatically done on their laptop.
- After changing the desktop password, they need to connect the laptop to the network and then login with that new password for it to be cached.
Now, it’s easy to write out, and easy for a tech to understand the scenario – but it’s not that easy for a 45yr old Hispanic guy who hates his laptop anyway to grasp. But what if they didn’t have to grasp anything? What if no matter where you were, the login process and the features available were as seamless in Wisconsin as if you were sitting at your desk in Texas?
What I’m proposing is this:
It’s been 4 months since I last posted in here, and there’s good cause for that – I haven’t cared to touch a computer in a technical capacity since shortly after I started this job doing IT support at a university. I’m on my computer all day at work, fixing them around campus, and the last thing I want to do when I get home is tear apart my computer and rebuild it.