So Jackie has managed to break her laptop and get XP into a reboot loop, so I thought I would Google the problem quickly before I attempt to replace the majority of the system files to fix the problem.

After Googling it, I found a link to a site which suggested the fix for the problem. I can’t remember the link for the site, but the site was the site for an MVP (Microsoft Valuable Professional) who is basically someone who provides support for people on the Microsoft community forums.

The ironic part of this rather dull story is that on this guys web site, who is an MVP, there was a search box for Google and also Google AdSense adverts.

Now I would have thought Microsoft would have rules to stop people doing things like that with the Big G!

Keeping Up to Date with SyncToy

Another technology blog for the masses (or the one person that probably looks at my blog once a year), and this one is a little gem.

Today I was looking into something for Pat, Jackies man on his laptop, and he wanted to know a way to syncronize his files between his desktop home PC which he does all his work on, to his laptop so that when he travels he has the most recent of all his data.

I first thought I could map a network drive between his home PC and his laptop then use Offline Files in Windows XP to syncronize the folders, but then I thought this method would be cumbersome and difficult to keep going for somebody who doesn’t know XP so well.

My second thought was to build a script for him which he could just double click to copy everything from his home PC to his laptop, but whilst this would have been effective, if his requirements for transfer changed, it would have needed me to ammend the script for him to inclde the new files/folders.

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