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Friday, March 9, 2012

Taking Your Apps With You

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 10:00 AM

http://lifehacker.com/5890856/kick-...dows-experience

"Windows is great. The way Windows installs applications, however, is an out-of-date mess, adding local dependencies and unnecessary cruft to your system. In this day and age, there's no reason to stick with Windows' antediluvian default. What's the alternative? Using portable apps, you can install an app once, have all of the necessary files in one place, and even sync its settings across different machines with Dropbox. Handy, right? Here's how it works, and why you should do it."

Portable apps have been around for a long time, and have matured over the years. Now they are quite easy to use, and cover a wide range of needs. While there is a lot of merit to portable apps, the paranoid voice in me screams that they are a bad idea. I have used them in the past, but now that I bring my own computer with me everywhere, either in tablet or laptop form, I find little need for being able to run apps on someone else's computer. I also find myself not trusting what else could be on their computer. When it comes down to it, I just remote into my PC at home if there is anything that needs to be done. What about you? What uses have you found for portable apps? Am I wrong?


Monday, January 3, 2011

Canon's Portable Scanner Can Help You to Get Organized in 2011

Posted by Reid Kistler in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 02:00 PM

http://www.pcmag.com/print_article2...p?hidPrint=true

"The Canon imageFormula P-150 Scan-tini ($295 direct) isn't the smallest scanner I've ever seen, but it's small and light enough to earn its designation as a portable. More important, it may be the smallest scanner possible that offers both portability and the conveniences you'd expect in a desktop scanner.... Canon has managed to shoehorn a 20-page automatic document feeder (ADF) into the P-150, along with duplexing (scanning both sides of a page at the same time) capabilities. Its speed would be a reasonable clip for a desktop scanner, at 15 pages per minute (ppm) for black-and-white and grayscale scans and 30 images per minute (ipm) for duplex scans. In color mode, it's rated at a still reasonable 10 ppm and 20 ipm."

If getting organized is one of your New Year's Resolutions, a nice place to begin is by converting paper documents into electronic ones. But while multi-function printers have made scanners commonplace, few of these include the ability to perform duplex scanning, which can be a great productivity aid. Canon's P-150 combines duplex scanning with reasonable speed and true portability, at a sub $300 (US) price tag. Beyond it's petite size of 1.6" x 11" x 3.7" (folded), portability is enhanced by the P-150's ability to operate off a single USB port, and to scan and save (as an image file) without the need of loading software onto the host machine - although most users will want to load the bundled software, which includes Canon CaptureOnTouch, Nuance PaperPort, and New Soft Presto! BizCard. Certainly, the P-150 should not be considered a high-volume production scanner, but for many people in the SOHO market the small format, portability, and relatively low price should put it on the list of units to consider. Whatever your resolutions are for 2011, here's hoping they reach fruition, and that the new year brings you contentment - along with the all the digital toys - ah... that is "tools" - that your heart desires!


Friday, January 23, 2009

Take Your Programs And Data With You

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 04:00 PM

http://portableapps.com/

"PortableApps.com Suite™ is a complete collection of portable apps including a web browser, email client, office suite, calendar/scheduler, instant messaging client, antivirus, audio player, sudoku game, password manager, PDF reader, minesweeper clone, backup utility and integrated menu, all preconfigured to work portably. Just drop it on your portable device and you're ready to go."

For those of you who aren't quite ready to live in the cloud, the next best option is to bring all your applications and data with you. Portable programs differ from regular programs in that you do not have to install them; they run right out of the box. There are several benefits to this, such as being able to run your programs from any computer and also not leaving any stuff behind on a computer you just used. You can download and use each program individually, or use their "Launcher" which organizes everything for you, so that all your portable programs are available as a system tray menu.

Having used them in the past, I find the Launcher really handy, and customizing it with showing only the programs I use was easy peasy. The biggest limitation I found, aside from it being Windows only, was not the programs themselves, since they work as expected, but the USB Key I used. I found with some of the slower USB drives it would take ages to start. Investment in a high performance USB drives is a must if you want to go portable. I also would like to see a hot-key be able to bring up the Launcher. Still, I do have one USB drive with a full suite of PortableApps handy with me at all time. Anyone else go the portable route?


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