Have you found yourself using a computer that doesn’t have the applications you need or is locked down to the point where you can’t install anything?
I’ve come across this a few times and more often than not they have an Internet connection that is rather slow making application downloads agonising.
For a while now, I’ve loaded up my trusty Patriot Xporter XT 16GB USB stick with a suite of application from PortableApps. I figured that since I had oodles of space that I would set aside some space for application that I might need to use every so often.
So that got me thinking about what apps I would need to install.
Given that I do quite a bit of coding at work (XHTML, CSS, XML and SQL), Notepad++ Portable is very handy for its automatic colour coding and tabbed interface to make navigation between files much easier. It’s also far quicker than the Windows notepad application awhen working with larger files.
I also face the dilemma of having to keep track of so many personal and corporate username and password combinations. To help manage this problem, I use KeePass Password Safe Portable. It is highly configurable and allows you to define shortcut keys, generate random passwords whilst encrypting its database using a range of encryption algorithms (including AES and Twofish) to keep this sensitive information safe.
Also, as a “just in case” I have also installed the OpenOffice.org Portable application suite if I ever end up on a computer without Microsoft Office on it.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg but you can browse all of the applications here of which some might take your fancy. I like to think of portable applications like an American Express card – don’t leave home without them!