Another of the many reasons to love USB flash drives is that you can also install Google Chrome on them for ultimate portability. With the release of Google Chrome Portable (or actually, Google Chrome Portable 17.0.963.83 Stable), fans of Chrome can make any computer their own with a USB drive. As with all portable apps, it’s simply a matter of plugging in your USB flash drive, downloading, installing and voila – you’re ready to roll. Long before its official release Google Chrome Portable was already being downloaded by those in the know. For users who believe that launching Chrome from their USB drives is slower than in other situations, there could be several reasons for these problems. None of them are inherent in the portable app or the USB drive. One reason could be due to the specific computer into which the flash drive is connected. Some USB ports are slower than others. It could also be a problem with the specific flash drive, so the idea is to get one with the speed and capacity to match your preferences. Of course, Google Chrome Portable isn’t just for USB flash drives, it can be used with any portable device.
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In the beginning the Word was probably written in stone or on scrolls or both until Gutenberg came along with moveable type and produced the Bible as the first printed book in 1455. Now the Bible is more portable than ever thanks to a coded version that can be loaded on to a USB flash drive. Download it for free and put it on your own USB drive or make a donation to the people who programmed the more than 20,000 lines of code and they will send you a preloaded USB drive with the Bible. Among the best features of the digital version of the Bible is the ability to quickly search for verses or topics of interest. Whether on a USB drive or on CD or other drives, you can also customize the display text among other things such as cross referencing and highlighting. Whether you’re interested in the preloaded USB Bible or downloading it onto your personalized USB drive, go to www.theword.net for more details.
If you’re among the multitude of USB flash drive fans, you’re a fan of portability. Among the most useful portable apps out there in the apposphere is AbiWord Portable. This portable version of the open source AbiWord word processing software is ready travel the world in your pocket on a USB drive. Place it on a USB flash drive or other portable media and you’ll be able to use it on any computer without leaving digital footprints behind. Fans of AbiWord compare it favorably to other widely used brands of word processing software. It has grammar and spell checker along with mail merge and an assortment of handy formatting options. From bullets to lists to tables, images and endnotes, you never need to feel deprived of a professional looking document while using AbiWord Portable. And for you polyglots and hyper-polyglots, AbiWord is compatible with other languages – 30 language dictionaries and counting. But if you only use one language, you can remove the others and save space on your USB drive. As with all other portable apps, when you’re done processing your words, close down the application and wait for the signal to safely remove your USB drive.
As consumer computing continues to evolve, the USB drive continues to evolve with it. News from Kingston Digital says they have new software for USB drives that makes portable computing that much easier. With it the USB drive more “interactive.” Before now, conventional wisdom may have suggested that the USB flash drive is a passive storage device, enabling users to carry files from one computer to the other with ease. Obviously, this can still be done. But now with urDrive the USB drive can be more active and engaged. It includes a built-in picture viewer and MP3 player. There’s also the built-in Web browser and Norton safety software. Listen to music, view photos, browse safely and boot-up from anywhere. Add to that access to games from EA and PopCap along with parental controls and what else could even begin to want? Well, there’s more. With this, you also get to store your bookmarks, browsing history and settings on the drive. Ah the places you could go.
On the one hand USB flash drives of all shapes, sizes and capacities continue to dominate the world of computing. Yes, we get that there’s the cloud but, quick, look around and there’s sure to be a USB drive in the vicinity. On the other hand, the popularity of these drives has led to ongoing concerns about USB security. There is much hacking going on, after all. And as we have noted before every action has an equal an opposite reaction, in which case, there is an equally fervent move to find more and better security for USB drives. Now along comes the Unisys Stealth Solution for Secure Virtual Terminal (SSVT). Reports indicate that it is “a secure solution residing on a federal government-certified USB device to help ensure that a mobile user’s data is secure and readily available to those authorized to view it.” In short, this drive can go into stealth mod where it is invisible to unauthorized eyes. One would guess that unauthorized eyes everywhere are stealthily devising schemes to invade the stealthy USB device.
For all who think that Skype is the next best thing to actually being there, there’s now Skype Portable that can be installed on a USB drive. By now it is commonly known that Skype can be used for both video and audio calls, either between two computers or from computer to phone. In the Portable Apps format, Skype can be copied on to a USB drive to be opened on any computer, including those that don’t have the original Skype program installed. The beauty of the Portable Apps version is that you can access your own program settings and data from anywhere using a device such as a USB drive with the Skype portable version on it.
In some circles there is speculation that Windows 8 has a “security” feature that could block open source operating systems. Until it’s actually released, we have no way of knowing. What we do know is that when Windows 8 comes out it will be more portable than ever in the USB drive world. This is due to the Windows To Go feature which will allow the operating system to be booted from a USB drive. The genies behind Windows demonstrated how a USB device loaded with Windows 8 performed operations while the USB key was plugged, but stopped as soon as it was removed. Then, after being plugged in again, the USB drive picked up right where it left off. Cool! We love that the possibilities for fans of portable media continue to expand.
So the world of portable operating systems for USB flash drives just got portabler. Okay, we know that there isn’t any such word – yet. In any case, none other than Lion, the operating system that integrates gestures into your user experience, is available on a USB thumb drive. The USB drives with this operating system will cost $69.99 which is a lot more than the downloaded version of the same thing. However with the USB drive, users get to have a physical copy in case of emergency. Like all other Apple things the USB drive with Lion will be available via the online store. Of course we haven’t seen the product just yet but we’re thinking it would be fun if the people at Apple took a creative approach to this USB drive, making it available in fun and interesting shapes. Or they could call on us to do it for them. Let us know if you’re a fan of this latest development in USB drives.
Everyone knows that USB flash drives can be used for storage and more. Get as much as or little as you need. Get your USB drive in any size, shape color. Use it to promote your business, launch a product or teach a class. And if you’re a web developer, you can run a website from a USB drive. And how exactly would you do that? Well there is Server2Go, a web server in a box, that doesn’t need to be installed anywhere. Server2go supports PHP, Perl and MySQL, allowing you to run static or dynamic sites from your USB drive. It may not be the conventional way of doing things but we love that the possibilities for using USB drives continues to expand.
By now you know the story of USB flash drives and portable apps. But if you’re a true digital creature, you’re still not sure you can travel that lightly. Even if you’re convinced you can do it, at the last minute you talk yourself out of it and run back to grab the laptop. Oh yeah, we know and you know, that’s exactly what you do. You just can’t bring yourself to the thinking that the humble USB drive plus the cloud plus portable apps, really unhitches you from the computer.
But we’re here to tell you, that yes Virginia and Vern, you can take it with you on a keychain – with a USB drive. Load Open Office, Skype portable and a portable browser such as Google Chrome or Firefox on a USB drive and you’ll truly be able to work from anywhere. At your fingertips you’ll have access to all the usual office tools from word processing to presentation and drawing. And if security is your thing, you know we’ve already covered a plethora of encryption and security tools for USB drives right here. So are you ready to take the challenge?
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