Contractor in need of some computing advice

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Posted by: from Cranbrook
1/10/2014 at 11:36:52 AM

Hi there,

I will apologize in advance if my forum educate is wrong, this is the first time I have ever posted to a forum.

My issue is that I would like to simplify my business computing needs. I am a renovation contractor. I use a desk top PC at home and on the job a laptop PC for research and showing clients ideas and stuff. I also have an iPhone on my hip.

I would like all my devices to talk to each other without having to sync when I get home at night, and I am also considering getting a tablet for use on the job instead of the laptop as this seems to make more sense. I'm willing to change my phone to a windows device as well.

Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

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Date/Time1/10/2014 at 12:21:02 PM


Try Evernote. It's an app for your iPhone and what ever you save there can be opened on any device anywhere (as long as you have internet access).


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Date/Time1/10/2014 at 2:01:13 PM

Evernote is nice, as was mentioned. I recently started using Google Keep. (same concept as Evernote, but I find it easier to access on computers as well as on the phone). I am using an android phone though, so it tends to work well with Google products. You can type out notes on any of your devices, and instantly they are updated in the Keep app on all devices.

It's so handy for making material lists. You can continually add to them as it comes to mind, whether you're at home on the computer, on the go with your phone, or tablet. Same with logging dimensions that you may need to reference later whether its on the computer or on the phone.

If you stick with the Apple iPhone though, you might want to use Evernote. I just find it more cumbersome to access on the computer/laptop end of things, whereas Google Keep (and Google Drive, another great one) is as easy to access as your gmail.


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Jamie from Re/New Creations in Cranbrook
Date/Time1/13/2014 at 9:15:51 AM

Thanks guys, those are both great suggestions. After spending most of the weekend doing research, I now see that this won't be an easy decision, so I think we will be demoing a few programs to see which one might work the best for our needs.

Thanks again,


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Date/Time1/18/2014 at 11:23:27 PM

What about remote desk top viewer like splash top?

Or use things like dropbox and if set up files are updated over wifi automatically.

One of the best programs I have is quickbooks for contractors. Has saved me a ton of time in writing estimates and invoices etc... complete tax etc.

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Sam in Toronto
Date/Time6/12/2016 at 7:37:29 PM

Best solution for you have NAS Drive and you will be able to create your on cloud and then you can share it with all of your devices and also can access from anywhere in world, provided internet/wifi connection.

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