I’ve meant to give Live Mesh a try for a while, but the real need never came up until now. Last week I finally decided that it was time to get a new PC since I had been using my laptop as my only means of writing code for over a year. So the PC came in over the weekend and I spent some time setting it up to my liking (that’s a long story that will hopefully end happily tomorrow when my new video card arrives). So today was the first time that I actually set the laptop aside, and started really using my PC for work. I use OneNote to keep all sorts of quick-access type of information related to designs, specs, code snippets, etc and at first I thought that I would just move over my Notebook folder to the new PC and go on from there. But what if I’m at the coffee shop or at a team meeting in the future and I desperately need to get to one of my notes? Wouldn’t it be cool if I can keep both (PC & laptop) synchronized? OneNote has a synchronization mechanism that works great when you are sharing your file across a network, but in my case, I would have no access to my internal network, so Mesh to the rescue!
I added my “M2E Solutions” OneNote folder to my LiveMesh from my laptop and told it to sync with the PC. Then told the PC that the folder should be sync’d into “C:\Users\Esteban\Documents\OneNote Notebooks” (that’s where OneNote keeps its stuff). And that’s all it took! Now as soon as I enter stuff into OneNote, i give it a few seconds, jump over to the other computer and there it is! Like magic!
If only I could do that with my Outlook, I’d officially call Mesh the coolest thing ever, but for now, it’s definitely in the Top 10.