This will be a repost for anyone subscribed to Planet Debian, sorry.
In case you have not heard about git-annex yet and you care about syncing, tracking, and managing your private or public files, go click the link; it's OK, I will wait. The use cases sound intriguing, don't they? But unless you are comfortable with a shell and git, don't bother using it; pain is inevitable.
joeyh announced a kickstarter project to make git-annex more user friendly, support automated adding and syncing of files, and a web front-end. Notwithstanding the cut that kickstarter and amazon payments will take and the inherent questions that are being raised by paying for FLOSS, this is a very worthwhile endeavour to support.
PS: Yes, this feels a tad circle-jerky inasmuch joeyh's post links to my blog; I would have linked to his post anyway, though. If anything, this made me think twice about posting this here.
PPS: Yes, I will continue writing my Trans-Siberian series even though I am home already. Air China decided to keep me in China longer than planned, real life is busy, and, truth be told, Diablo 3 came out. The second Mongolian post is half-way finished, at least.