Apps on a stick

All the necessary programs that are on your PC can, these days, be compressed into that little memory stick of yours. With memory sticks having increasing amounts of storage, they’re becoming ever more useful for storing all of your important programs. From your work, graphics and Internet programs to operating systems; you can have all on your memory stick.

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By  Gareth Van Zyl Published  November 17, 2009

Virtual Dub Portable

VirtualDub Portable is a video capture/processing utility. It lacks the editing power of a general-purpose editor such as Adobe Premiere, but is streamlined for fast linear operations over video. It has batch-processing capabilities for processing large numbers of files and can be extended with third-party video filters. VirtualDub is mainly geared toward processing AVI files, although it can read (not write) MPEG-1 and also handle sets of BMP images. There is a note about this program according to the Portable Apps website: "Codecs Note: VirtualDub uses a combination of plugins for codecs (see the VirtualDub Portable Plugins Pack linked at the top of this page) and codecs on the local machine, so if you wish to use a non-standard codec like DivX ."or XVID, you'll need it installed.


Notepad ++

Notepad ++ has features like: syntax highlighting and syntax folding (C, C++, HTML, ASP, Java, Pascal, CSS and more), user defined syntax highlighting, auto-completion, multi-document, regular expression, search/replace supported, full drag ‘n' drop supported, zoom in and zoom out, multi-language environment supported, brace and indent guideline highlighting and macro recording and playback.



7-Zip is a file archiver (compression) utility for Windows with a great array of features including: High compression ratio in new 7z format with LZMA compression, the ability to pack / unpack: 7z, ZIP, GZIP, BZIP2 and TAR, unpack only: RAR, CAB, ISO, ARJ, LZH, CHM, Z, CPIO, RPM, DEB & NSIS, for ZIP and GZIP formats 7-Zip it provides compression ratio that is 2-10 % better than ratio provided by PKZip and WinZip, self-extracting capability for 7z format, powerful file manager and localisations for 63 languages.

Ubuntu Lite Operating System

Apart from having all the portable versions of your programs installed on your computer, you can also get portable versions of operating systems on your flash drive. offers a fairly archaic version of a Mac OS, but there are other places you can visit to get hold of portable versions of the Ubuntu OS. One of those resources being the Ubuntu Lite version, which we took a look at. You can get a slightly more fuller version, but it is bigger in size and repeats many of the programs that have already been mentioned above, such as Firefox, GIMP and Pidgin. Many might question what the point is of using an OS on your portable drive, but it merely acts as an interface upon which you can manage your drive.

Getting the portable OS going on your drive is as simple as downloading the zipped file, extracting it to a folder on your computer and activating it. When testing it, it did load up quite slow from our drive. But if this works, it could be a useful organiser of all your information.

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