Offline Files

You might recognize the “Offline” problem: if you have a portable computer that you sometimes use with your office network, and sometimes use out in the field, you probably make copies of important “online” documents—documents stored on the network server—on your laptop. But, if you make changes to one of your “offline” copies, the network’s copy will be out of date. Likewise, if someone updates the original on the network, your copy will be out of date. And, trying to remember where the originals came from and who has the most recent version of a given file is a painful job. I admit that more than once I’ve accidentally overwritten a file I’d worked on with an older copy—or worse, overwritten somebody else’s work—because I wasn’t ...

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