Microsoft SyncToy – is it any good?

The answer would seem to be Yes…. and No….

I installed it a couple of days ago – but couldn’t quite be bothered to do anything with it…. it all looked a bit clunky and not very nice to use (plus it kept objecting – spuriously I might add – to me selecting a folder on a UNC path)

Well, last night I sat down to have a proper play with it, and it’s actually quite good – for certain specific tasks…. taking a backup of your music collection for example – it doesn’t change all that often – but the sync is a manual job… so you need to remember to run it after you rip some more CD’s.

Not being able to schedule syncs is a bit of a bummer – but I have SyncBackSE for my regular backups, and this will do nicely for keeping my music collection and important documents available when I travel.

So for a 1.0 BETA release of an unsupported and free PowerToy I’ll give it 7.5 / 10


IE7 Beta 1 with IE6 – Part 2

It looks like the instructions I linked to in my first post also work if you use WinZip which is nice – saves another download 🙂

However, the pop-up blocker behaves slightly strangely – I can’t seem to turn it off for this site – so the WordPress admin stuff doesn’t work properly. I’m not sure if this is a consequence of running it “locally” or if it’s a “feature” of the current Beta – but it’s enough to make me think twice about loading IE7 over the top of my current build.

One other thing – make sure that your SP2 install has completed before you try to run IE7 – or you get some very weird results!!