USB drives. Few people predicted that they would become as popular and as successful as they did. These portable storage devices can be used not only to move files between computers, but also act a security tools and can even house your entire software library.
We have covered various portable apps in the past, but you may well be wondering just what the point of USB-based software is. I thought I’d take the time to explain why I think portable apps are not only so useful, but also very important.
You’ve got your own PC set up at home just the way you like it, with all of the software you need installed ready for when you need it. When you’re out and about, you probably take your laptop with you and this has been similarly set up.
But what about when you have to use someone else’s computer? You might be at a friend’s house and want to use a particular program that they don’t have installed. If you don’t want to have to go to the trouble of downloading and installing your favorite apps every time you move to a different computer, portable apps may be what you need.
Compressed files formats such as .zip and .rar are possible the most commonly used formats online. In addition to their space-saving capabilities, these formats also offer handy features such as encryption and password protection.
There are countless file compression tools to choose from, and Windows even offers support of its own in the form of compressed folders. But if you are someone who works at multiple computers you may well find that the necessary programs are not always available. But if you pop a copy of PeaZip Portable on your USB drive, you’ll always be able to compress and decompress files whenever you need to.
Installing an application, any application, leads to certain issues. You cannot copy the application folder to another computer and expect it to work. Keep in mind that every time you uninstall the application, it sometimes leaves behind junk data, and, in order to use the application again you have to reinstall.
Here are 15 essential portable applications that might help you avoid such problems. Pack your favorite applications into a pen drive and take it with you wherever you go and use them without installation. Never worry about leaving information behind.
Dropbox is one of my favorite cloud apps because of its incredible features and web interface.
But what if you want to take your Dropbox files with you on a flash drive? Or you’re using a computer where you don’t have administrator priviledges? That’s where DropboxPortableAHK comes in. Is it worth your time? Let’s find out!
We all love cats, or at least most of us do. There’s no doubting the feline charms of such animals: a soft, warm touch; a gentle purr, and an overall sense of comfort and companionship. Despite their boons, however, your average domesticated cat, or any household pet, lacks the ability to be taken wherever you travel, and be dismissed into digital oblivion at a whim.
This inhibition has been remedied in the form of Microsoft’s prolific Xbox 360 title: Kinectimals. This time round it’s been brought onto Windows Phone 7, and whilst it may not be a ‘game’ in the traditional sense of the word, it is still a great deal of fun.