I have a dream:
Alice and Bob and I are friends/co-hackers and trust each other, and we all have mac laptops. Whenever any of us are in range of each other, our laptops silently back themselves up to each other. One day, my laptop explodes! Luckily, I'm unharmed. But I have a deadline later today! No problem, I grab Alice's laptop and log in as me and voila! I can't even tell I'm not on my own machine. Later I get a fresh new laptop and transfer my image to it from Alice's computer.
Why not just use Time Machine with an external drive that you plug in at night? A few reasons my dream solution is better:
- If I'm near Alice and Bob all the time, then I get more frequent backups. I don't lose a day's work when my computer dies.
- I could mitigate that by carrying around the external drive, but that defeats much of the purpose of a backup. What if I lose both the laptop and the drive?
- I want to set it up so I don't have to remember to do anything at all, even plug in a drive.
- With 3 friends doing this, we all get redundant backups without purchasing any hardware.
Has anyone hacked up anything like this?