Scott Hanselman

PortableApps Suite 1.0 Released

November 24, 2006 Comment on this post [2] Posted in Reviews | Tools
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Here's an action item for you, dear reader, and finally a decent reason to put your USB key to work other than just holding family photos.

Download and install the PortableApps Suite from It's free, released 1.0 a few days back, and it's a collection of totally portable apps (they don't touch your hard drive) and an integrated menuing system that can run automatically via Autoruns.inf.

  • Standard Edition - 90MB, includes ClamWin Portable (antivirus), Firefox Portable (web browser), Gaim Portable (instant messaging), Portable (office suite), Sudoku Portable (puzzle game), Sunbird Portable (calendar/task manager) and Thunderbird Portable (email client) and runs comfortably from a 512MB drive.
  • Lite Edition - 30MBs, Uses AbiWord Portable (word processor) instead of Portable and runs comfortably from a 256MB drive.
  • Base Edition - 1MB, If you'd like to pick and choose exactly which apps to include, you can try Portable Apps Suite (Base Edition). This is a stripped down package with just the PortableApps Menu, PortableApps Backup utility and custom folders, icons and autorun. It's less than 1MB installed, so it's a great option for smaller drives.

This suite also includes a backup application that will backup your apps, settings and documents (on the drive in a specific location) to your local hard drive.

I use this Suite on a tiny 2GB drive (that Omar turned me on to) that lives in my wallet (The best wallet I've ever owned, only US$5.50 from Umbra). On the drive is a 1 GIG TrueCrypt disk - my "getaway drive" - and the other gig is for Portable Apps. I run the standard suite, plus Notepad2, uTorrent and TorPark. There's lots of additional apps you can add.

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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November 24, 2006 21:32
I have seen an article somewhere where you can boot XP from a USB drive. Great for trying to revive a crashed system. I use ERD Commander or BART PE for these cases but XP on a USB can come handy if the CD Drive is dead too.
November 30, 2006 15:37

As you liked the Umbra wallet, I wanted to share another cool wallet - The Jimi - the only wallet I carry now since I bought first one couple years ago. Couldn't resist sharing something I'm still very excited about :)

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