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Thumb Enchanted Evening

Thumb Enchanted Evening
by Gary Woods

One of the handiest pieces of hardware I ever bought goes by several different names. Some people call it a Thumb Drive, others a Jump Drive and still others a USB Drive. By whatever name it's known it holds data in what's called Flash RAM and is great for moving stuff around. I found this device so useful I've ended up owning 4 of them. My first had 512 Megabytes of storage and then I got 2 different 1 Gigabyte models. My current model has a whopping 16 Gigabytes of storage space and should hopefully hold me for a while.

A lot of people use these drives to move information from one computer to another. The problem occurs when you forget which version of the data you're working on so you end up taking the wrong file and leaving the right one at home. To solve this problem there's a FREE program called GoodSync ( What the program does is automatically synchronize and back up emails, photos, financial documents, MP3s and any other important files between desktops, laptops, servers, and external drives.

GoodSync uses an innovative synchronization algorithm to prevent file deletion, data loss, and eliminate duplicate files. GoodSync is very easy to use and it's the only solution that I'm aware of that offers true bi-directional synchronization.

So if you're moving information back and forth from a couple of computers check out GoodSync or don't blame me if you end up with the wrong stuff in the wrong place.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. You can hear Gary on the Radio at 1290 AM Monday 9-10 AM and he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc