I'm thinking of eventually, when I have more money, buying a laptop, so it's more convenient for me to work at school or wherever I eventually get hired. Eventually, maybe. I don't think I'll have sufficient money anytime soon, but I'm still curious about this, and I've been wondering for a long while.
So, here. I find laptops really uncomfortable for home use, and would only use the laptop for when I'm away from home. But then I'd be worried about forgetting my files and such. Plus, having two computers to set up can be a bit of a pain.
I'm wondering if it's possible to set two computers to basically be one. To make them have every Windows setting and update, every app, every file, everything, synced locally through Wi-Fi/Ethernet whenever the devices are close. When I install something on one computer, have it "magically" show up on the other one as soon as it's turned on, without any prompts. Perhaps a bit of wait on startup, but local transfers are really fast, aren't they?
That way, I could start working at school, and continue working at home. Install a game at home, and be able to play it at school if I'm bored and not busy during a break. Download a movie at home and watch it on the bus without hassle. See instant messaging histories on both, no matter on which computer it was created. Change the settings on a work app, and have it be the same on the other computer.
And in a dream world, maybe be able to define some things that will stay different on the machines, such as having the laptop ask for a password but not the desktop PC, or settings that depend on screen resolution.
I'm absolutely not sure it's even remotely possible to do this, since it would just be too good to be real, but I figured it doesn't hurt to ask.
I know there are cloud services like Dropbox that more or less allow this, but it's not perfect:
Files are stored online, which isn't necessary for what I want.
There's a limit of how much you can have on that. Dropbox gives, I think, 2 GB when you start. No way a 1-TB hard drive fits there.
It's generally a set folder that you sync. You can't say "sync my whole PC".
It's through the Internet, and my Internet transfer is limited to 60 GB per month. If I were gonna transfer every single change made to either computer through the Internet, I would certainly go way beyond that. And it would be pretty slow.
I know Windows 8 allows you to sync settings saved on one computer to another by logging in with your Microsoft account, but this is only Windows settings and modern UI apps, and I'm not even sure ALL Windows settings are synced. Sounds too good to be true. But even if that's the case, it's sort of insufficient.