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Posted by Prion
Jan 20, 2014 at 12:56 PM

 

I was wondering whether TheBrain can be synced without the cloud.
The rationale behind is not so much the added cost but more so the fact that I simply would not want to trust my data to the cloud with no control over who has access to them.
No discussion of NSA and do I have anything to hide, please.
So, any ideas or even experience?
Thanks in advance
Prion

 


Posted by Stephen Zeoli
Jan 20, 2014 at 02:04 PM

 

I don’t think there is a practical way to do this. With TheBrain you can create “Brain Zips,” which is a nice packaged file of your “brain.” You can then read that into your other Brain, which occurs pretty quickly. But you wouldn’t want to have to do this to ping pong your brains back and forth between two or more computers.

Steve Z.

Prion wrote:
I was wondering whether TheBrain can be synced without the cloud.
>The rationale behind is not so much the added cost but more so the fact
>that I simply would not want to trust my data to the cloud with no
>control over who has access to them.
>No discussion of NSA and do I have anything to hide, please.
>So, any ideas or even experience?
>Thanks in advance
>Prion

 


Posted by Prion
Jan 20, 2014 at 02:18 PM

 

Thanks Steve, that sounds like it was impractical on a daily basis. I was more thinking along the lines of an automatable sync process using utilities such as Chronosync, rsync and the like. Or even putting the database (if there is one) on an external hard drive.
Does that sound feasible?
Prion

 


Posted by Stephen Zeoli
Jan 20, 2014 at 04:52 PM

 

I don’t know anything about Chronosync or rsync, so can’t comment on that. As to an external hard drive, I guess that could work. You will need to be sure to move or copy any external files you use into TheBrain (there’s an option to just link to the file, but obviously, if you do that you won’t have access to it on the other computer). I posed your question to the help people at TheBrain.com and here was the response:

“It’s certainly possible, but we do not recommend syncing across anything except WebBrain as it has been known to cause corruptions in Brain databases.”

I don’t know if they might be exaggerating the possibility of corruptions because they want to get people to sign up for WebBrain, I’m not sure. In truth, I’ve had a corruption of one of my brains using WebBrain, but I think that is related to also running the beta test version of the iOS app.

Steve Z.

Prion wrote:
Thanks Steve, that sounds like it was impractical on a daily basis. I
>was more thinking along the lines of an automatable sync process using
>utilities such as Chronosync, rsync and the like. Or even putting the
>database (if there is one) on an external hard drive.
>Does that sound feasible?
>Prion

 


Posted by Dr Andus
Jan 20, 2014 at 05:11 PM

 

Stephen Zeoli wrote:
> You will
>need to be sure to move or copy any external files you use into TheBrain
>(there’s an option to just link to the file, but obviously, if you do
>that you won’t have access to it on the other computer).

The other option is to set up a directory structure that you replicate (and sync) in its entirety, so linked files also get synced. I haven’t tried it with TheBrain, but I use Allway Sync to sync between my PC and my netbook with other software. It’s generally better to try to replicate everything as closely as possible, i.e. have the same drive name (from C:\ to C:\), same operating system (XP to XP or Win7 to Win7) etc.

 


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