I am looking for a way to sync the two computers without storing documents in the cloud (and dragging them around) or moving them around on dropbox. Before Time Machine I used to sync my files to an external hard drive as a backup (Norton). Just run the program and poof its done. Any suggestions on an application that will simply sync my two computers over my home network with the press of a button?
mende1 has my best choice: DropBox. Simply designate which folders you want to share and let DropBox do the heavy lifting. It updates files as they change and you never have to remember a thing.
However, if you don't want to go that route, look for a syncing program. Having seen (and experienced) the inconvenience of data loss, I keep more than one backup using more than one backup system. I use ChronoSync to back up my media drive to another drive and I've been using it for a long time for more than that, including syncing files from one computer to another over my network.
It isn't the least expensive solution, if you head over to MacUpdate.com you'll find all kinds of syncing programs and they run the entire pricing spectrum. What I like about ChronoSync is its flexibility - you can use it for backing up, cloning, and syncing - and the support from the programmer is pretty darn good too.