The thing about a direct network is that it's manual and I don't want to seek out the files I've changed by hand. Plus, if I delete anything from the desktop I'd have to manually delete it from the laptop too. I'm really looking for as much automation as possible.
However, unless I find a better solution...what all do I need to do a direct network? I've tried serial cable links and a crossover ethernet cable in the past(wayyy in the past though...), and neither worked for me. Do I need a small ethernet hub or what? I only have access to one ethernet jack in my room, if that matters.