Computers are cheaper than ever, which means contractors can afford one for each hand, some for their employees, and a couple of spares. That's the good news. The bad news is that multiple computers equal multiple Excedrin headaches when it comes to file and document management. Ask anyone who has wasted a day or two working on the wrong version of a set of CAD plans or has mailed a customer a detailed quote based on last year's prices.

Luckily, more and more of you are using broadband Internet access and setting up networks so you can share the connection. That opens the door for the next logical step -- setting up a "file server."

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