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Tuesday, January 24, 2006
Setting up Your Portable Office
I'm not sure why, but I'm fascinated by the idea of the "portable office," where you bring no-installation-required versions of must-have applications around with you on a USB memory key and can then use any PC in the world to get work done. HDDSAVER.COM has an interesting article about doing this:
One thing you can do to make your travels easier is to bring your favorite programs with you.To be honest, I'd never even think of relying on such a thing to get work done, but it's a great backup and certainly a heck of a lot better than nothing.
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To do this all the things you will need are: a USB flash drive (practically any size) and a few minutes. When you get to your destination you will simply need a Windows computer, something which can be found in almost any library, office, hotel, or internet cafe any in the world.
The process is very simple; all it requires is downloading Portable Firefox and putting the folder inside the zipped file onto your USB drive. This will give you a version of Firefox 1.5 which can be run from any Windows system with installation needed ... a cross-platform version is available as well.
Portable email is just as easy, though a lot more useful. Portable Thunderbird does the trick here.
The next item you should throw into your USB office is Portable OpenOffice. This 74MB suite will require a larger USB drive than the other two programs, but you can still fit them all on a 128MB USB drive without any problems. Portable OpenOffice is not nearly as lightweight as Portable Firefox, but it will provide users with most of the comforts of home.