how to share large data files between two offices?

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Question by andrew t: how to share large data files between two offices?
I am an architect and work for an architectural firm – obviously. Our company has two offices, a main office and a satellite office (which is where I work) We are separated by about 600 miles.

We often need people in our home office to work on our projects (all of the engineers are there) and often we help them with theirs. So we need to share project files – CAD drawings, photographs, documents etc.. which can be huge and multiple per project.

Currently our Satellite office uses Remote Desktop to remote into the home office’s main file server and put our files there or take the ones we need from them. I moved a folder of just images this morning that was 850MB and it took literally hours just to make that one transfer which was not even close to the whole project… It’s impossible to keep everyone on the same page this way.

We have always had a problem with sharing data due not only to file sizes and slow transfers but say if I’m working on a drawing and someone in the other office is working on the same drawing. We end up overwrite each others work (which has happened many times and it sucks). Or someone forgets to update the project and the other guy spends hours working on the old out dated version of something.

How do other companies in multiple office situations deal with this type of data sharing? I can’t imagine we’re the only ones in the world who have this need.

I do realize that we could move ALL our data to a cloud somewhere. The problem with that is our home office is royally stuck in their ways and won’t even entertain the idea of cloud storage and giving up their precious archaic file server.. How was this accomplished before there even was a cloud? Is there some way to reliably “Sync” our two file servers?

P.S. Our satellite office only has a DSL connection. There is no cable in our building at all (who in this day and age builds an office building with no access to cable is beyond me!)

Thanks for any advice, sorry about the novel.

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Answer by Fred
One possible solution is dropbox. They offer a free and a paid for service depending on how much space you need. Go to dropbox.com for specifics. What it does is create a folder on the computers you install it on. When you move a file to this folder or change a file in the folder, it automatically sync any other computer running dropbox with the same credentials. It also stores a copy on the dropbox.com website which you can log into and download from anywhere. Great program and free or cheap!

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Q&A: Why is searching on Google downloading files to my computer?

Question by leblancphotography: Why is searching on Google downloading files to my computer?
So I don’t normally ask too many questions on here, but trying to search for “google search download” isn’t really too useful in any search engine.

So I use Google Chrome on a Macbook Pro (Mac OS X 10.6.8) and the problem occurs when I’m on Google’s web site. Not every time I search, but every so often my computer will automatically download a file named “search.” There’s no extension to the file, but on my computer it automatically opens in TextEdit. I’ve uploaded the file to a Cloud Server for anyone to see it, although I believe looking at it probably won’t help.

What is causing this download? And how can I prevent it? I’m tired of my downloads folder getting filed up with files named “search,”search (2),” “search (3),” etc.

Thanks for your help.

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Answer by David Baner
If you use Google Toolbar then that could cause your symptom. Either disable/remove it or upgrade it to the most recent version (for your browser type).

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Is there a way to share files with students without a network?

Question by : Is there a way to share files with students without a network?
I’m stumped. My instructor want’s to have a file share on the network where his students can access files for class, but the I.T. director, my supervisor, says that he can’t use the network or use ad hoc between computers (any platform. The computers we’re using happen to me iMacs, others are Windows XP machines). The first reason is because with large files and multiple students essentially streaming data at the same time would bog the network down (it’s not a very fast network and the school can’t spring for infrastructure upgrades). The second reason, the ad hoc idea, is because there’s a policy against it. No ad hoc on school computers. It would be a workaround since we can’t use the school’s network, but policies are policies.

So now I’m wondering, other than sneakernet (which is what my instructor hates to do because it takes so long at the beginning of the class), what other ideas are there? I’ve found USB flash drive duplicators on Amazon, but those are Expensive (with a capital E, natch’). Maybe something can be done with a couple of 7 port hubs and special software that automatically takes control of those hubs as a poor man’s duplicator? I know there are software solutions for doing this one flash drive at a time, but I’m thinking batch duplications, several at once to cut the time it takes to push out the files to each student. This might not be the best idea, which is why I think I’m probably unaware of better solutions. The files being copied are close to 2GB in size, smallest being about 500MB. Video files. And of course, no use of the network, period. Even for cloud storage. Any ideas?

Best answer:

Answer by Toomuchtime
OK, there are a couple of options.

1.) PirateBox. These motherfuckers are badass. Sit the thing down and the little bugger is like a lil’ server, nomming up and puking out whatever the hell you want it to.

2.) A LAN network. Cat5e is cheap as shit (about 5 cents a foot), so you just daisy chain a bunch of switches and profit.

3.) Patriot Memory Xporter Rage. These have transfer speeds of up to 25 or so MB/s. It may not be as fast as the other options, but if you really must put on the running shoes, these are the way to go.

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Q&A: Is there a way to share files with students without a network?

Question by : Is there a way to share files with students without a network?
I’m stumped. My instructor want’s to have a file share on the network where his students can access files for class, but the I.T. director, my supervisor, says that he can’t use the network or use ad hoc between computers (any platform. The computers we’re using happen to me iMacs, others are Windows XP machines). The first reason is because with large files and multiple students essentially streaming data at the same time would bog the network down (it’s not a very fast network and the school can’t spring for infrastructure upgrades). The second reason, the ad hoc idea, is because there’s a policy against it. No ad hoc on school computers. It would be a workaround since we can’t use the school’s network, but policies are policies.

So now I’m wondering, other than sneakernet (which is what my instructor hates to do because it takes so long at the beginning of the class), what other ideas are there? I’ve found USB flash drive duplicators on Amazon, but those are Expensive (with a capital E, natch’). Maybe something can be done with a couple of 7 port hubs and special software that automatically takes control of those hubs as a poor man’s duplicator? I know there are software solutions for doing this one flash drive at a time, but I’m thinking batch duplications, several at once to cut the time it takes to push out the files to each student. This might not be the best idea, which is why I think I’m probably unaware of better solutions. The files being copied are close to 2GB in size, smallest being about 500MB. Video files. And of course, no use of the network, period. Even for cloud storage. Any ideas?

Best answer:

Answer by Toomuchtime
OK, there are a couple of options.

1.) PirateBox. These motherfuckers are badass. Sit the thing down and the little bugger is like a lil’ server, nomming up and puking out whatever the hell you want it to.

2.) A LAN network. Cat5e is cheap as shit (about 5 cents a foot), so you just daisy chain a bunch of switches and profit.

3.) Patriot Memory Xporter Rage. These have transfer speeds of up to 25 or so MB/s. It may not be as fast as the other options, but if you really must put on the running shoes, these are the way to go.

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Remember when the Bush Administration scared the hell out of America into voting for him with rhetoric like “fight them over there so we don’t have to fight them over here,” “smoking guns and mushroom clouds” and “chemical and biological attacks?”

Should Obama run on this same kind of war platform to ensure his re-election?

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Answer by Jimmy Carter’s second term
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