Portable App's - boring puter stuff ;)
Nothing gunny about this but - mentioning it in case some may not have come across it before - just an FYI. Might be old news to a lotta folks of course.
I expect there will be many these days who use USB flash sticks - and the sizes available have gotten larger and larger. I added two more recently, Memorex 2Gb, at $17 each! (Interesting thing too as a side note - apparently Vista can ''add'' one of these in to effectively bump up RAM - if read/write speed adequate).
I see 4Gb regularly and even seen an 8Gb.
Anyways not all that long ago I discovered after reading on the 'Windows Secrets' site, the existence of ''Portable App's'' and on exploring this was more than impressed - it is stand alone, on and from the USB stick.
http://portableapps.com/ is the place to visit.
Genuine portable apps have the .PAF extension and install straight onto the mem stick, once you have the main software on already. I added several more beyond the basic suite available ... and this covers almost all needs for average work. It is almost all GNU (open source) stuff too - can we say ''free'' :smilez:
The beauty of this is (accepting there could be security issues - something to be aware of that's all) ......... you have your own portable set of applications to use when on another machine - maybe a machine set up for looks and structure way different from your own.
There is a six component ''office'' suite, Open Office which is very handy and other things I have on there include an FTP deal, zip, browser, email client, notepad text editor, media player, image app, simple html app - all in all enough power to do most things when visiting a remote puter - hopefully with an internet connection of course!.
Below are pics - first is the menu interface - launched by an .exe on the stick. ...then there is the appearance of folder structure. I keep a 460Mb back up on same stick for a site I maintain - always backed up - if push came to shove I could still work on it day to day with all this - on a totally unfamiliar machine.