Google Chrome as a portable app

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.

How does U3 compare with U2?

U3 is a platform that allows users to take their USB applications to any Windows PC where they can be launched from a USB flash drive. But it should be a U3 Smart Drive. U2 is a band which is definitely not a flash-in-the-pan, though they could conceivably release their music on a flash drive. And their members are probably smart musicians.

U3 is a proprietary format owned by SanDisk which collects royalties whenever it’s implemented in USB flash drives. U2 records material which is proprietary and they collect royalties whenever it’s “implemented” on radio stations or advertisements.


U3 applications are required to clean up data from the guest PC after an application has been launched from a USB drive. U2 tries to clean up the world by working on issues such as poverty, disease, social justice and narcissism. Well not narcissism but the other ones for sure.

U3 compatible USB drives can be configured with security, requiring passwords before loading data. U2 has Bono whose real name is Paul Hewson, who has been known to travel around with a security detail that keeps paparazzi and riff raff at arms length. Though it isn’t always clear who fits the definition of either.

When it comes to portable apps, U3 could be described as the genie in the flash drive. There seems to be no genie behind U2’s musical success except for the name, Bono which comes from the Latin phrase for “Good Voice.” But being Irish there might be leprechauns somewhere in the mix.

Custom USB Content Menu’s and Apps

In a previous posting you learned about Portable Apps for you USB drives.  You should also know about Geek Menu and it’s ability for you to custom brand a menu for your Creative USB drives.  Sourceforge provides additional apps and a customizable menu.