If you’re like me, and you have a whopper of a USB flash drive (they’re sold anywhere from 128MB to 5GB large), then you may be wondering what you can do with all that room. The latest big thing is portable computing — you might say it all started with John Haller’s Portable Firefox.

A quick rundown of portability. For those who don’t know how it works, here’s the basic idea: You take a program that you like to use, and, if it’s portable, you simply copy it to a USB drive (or any other folder) — it’ll save its settings in the folder, and hopefully won’t mess with the Registry, so you can carry around your settings. The programs John Haller has made mostly use custom-built NSIS launchers, and there are quite a few sites devoted to portability.

Portable Software — Where to Get It:

Portable Operating Environments

  • — U3 is a system that runs portable applications, but only from U3 drives — sort of like Iomega’s ActiveDisk technology.
  • — Ceedo is something similar, that runs $30 USD, and can be run from any flash drive.

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  1. * Massimo says:

    please visit http://WWW.WINPENPACK.COM ..a page with 512MB 256mb 128mb usb pack application and other downloadable standalone application is in italian but is traslate in english .


    Posted 11 years, 6 months ago
  2. * 1up says:

    Interesting collection of links on portability, but you could surely had many more sites nowadays.

    Posted 10 years, 5 months ago

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