The Dropbox Train Test

I failed the big test yesterday. A new marriage certificate arrived in the mail as I was leaving the house, so I did the data entry on the train on my mini, expecting the source, citation and changes to the marriage tag to appear on my main laptop when I got home.

It didn’t work, and now I’ve lost the change altogether.

Possible reasons:

  1. TMG was still open on my laptop when I got home, and so Dropbox was unable to update some of the files.

Actually that’s the only good reason I can think of. I prefer to think that it SHOULD work. I had hoped that if I closed down TMG on the laptop that the download would occur afterwards and when I opened it again the change would be there. I was wrong. I guess Dropbox didn’t keep trying, and the files on the laptop were copied back to the mini notebook.

I’m disappointed, as data entry on a train trip is a good use of that time.

I’ll try it once more tomorrow. This time I’ll make sure the laptop is closed, or TMG shutdown, while I’m away.


One thought on “The Dropbox Train Test

  1. It was pointed out to me that I need to have TMG closed on the other computer before I go editing on the train, so that Dropbox is not trying to update files that are in use, and that makes sense.

    I’m still not entirely convinced that it works, as strange things seem to happen. Perhaps the corruption is there for good?

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