Thursday, January 31, 2008

Portable Applications for your new multi-gig flash drive

With flash drives getting bigger and bigger and cheaper and cheaper, I was at a loss for what to do with so much space. I bought a bigger flash drive just because I could. As I was looking around, there's a ton of stuff you can put on there that will help you fill up that space. Some of the options I've discovered include:
  • You can put an entire operating system on it, and boot off of it. (Puppy Linux )
  • You can install all the apps you normally use so you don't have to fret about not having the same firefox configurations from computer to computer. Some portable apps I've installed:
    • Firefox: Web browser
    • Clam AntiVirus
    • Notepad++: advanced text editing software
    • WinSCP: ftp client
    • 7Zip: file compressor/ uncompressor (works with tar balls)
    • OpenOffice Suite (files compatible with most MS Office files, includes word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, etc.)
    • GIMP: Free alternative to Photoshop
    • Gaim: multiple IM app
    • Thunderbird: email client
    • etc.
  • You can use it to store a password vault, so you don't have to worry about whether this web browser has that really long, difficult-to-remember password stored in it's cache
  • Use Ceedo to portabilize any application (if you're willing to pay for it), or there's a free alternative called MojoPac.

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