Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Portable Apps, so useful as they are

   Did you know that many apps have their portable versions to use with a USB memory stick? The advantage is they do not require any kind of formal installation onto a computer and the temporary files are stored in the USB drive.

   You can find a big list on the Wikipedia.

   Some browsers like Firefox (Firefox Portable), Opera (Opera@USB), Google Chrome... have their portable versions too, that's quite useful when surfing the net in a computer is not of your own, such as places like universities, cybercafés... In that way cookies, cache and history remain in your USB drive or are deleted after closing the browser, keeping your surfing data private (don't get confused with anonymous surfing)

   Respect to FF Portable you may need to install Flash and Shockwave plugins:

- Locate the plugins in your PC (C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\plugins\)
- Copy the plugin you need from there to your FirefoxPortable\Data\plugins directory (For Flash, copy "NPSWF32.dll"... for Shockwave, copy "np32dsw.dll")

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