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More power to USB computing

india Updated: Jul 06, 2009 00:38 IST
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Last week, I wrote about the power of USB computing, under which you can simply load a cheap USB drive in anyone’s computer with free software and make it work like your own, with a desktop-like appearance. This secures your data privacy and helps you carry applications on the go, and in fact, substitutes for a laptop in many ways.

I had mentioned MojoPac ( as a software platform that can be freely downloaded to create a desktop virtualisation on your USB drive, but forgot to add that some of the key end-user open-source applications that go with it are available elsewhere. One site where you can get an entire suite that includes an OpenOffice software bundle, a PDF reader, an MP3 player and even an Internet messenger called Pidgin is PortableApps (

Another great site ( offers a rich variety of portable software for free—even DVD burning applications and audio video editing tools here!

While the Open Source applications that offer free stuff is great, U3 ( offers both free and priced software. There is also Ceedo ( which helps companies offer their employees USB-loaded corporate applications like Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop. Of course, the corporate stuff is not free, but I can imagine how small businesses can empower employees at low costs using these.

SanDisk is selling its Cruzer range of storage devices pre-loaded with a U3 platform. It is only a question of time before tiny storage disks turn smart even in default sales. That’s like buying a PC for the price of a CD!