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Why aren't all applications 'portable'?

I've recently been trying to 'install' stuff a lot less on my Windows machine (I hate installers - I need to know where programs put stuff...), choosing to use portable or standalone versions of ...
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Browser with its own hosts file?

I have a number of staging and test servers that I need to constantly modify my hosts file to access (they depend on the domain name, so I have to change the hosts file to get them to work). I find ...
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How to migrate Notepad++ settings?

I am trying to portabilize every program I use if possible, and Notepad++ is on the list. The only problem is that I've had a native installation until now so that I'm not totally sure which settings ...
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Git vs. Portable git

I don't do my system reinstalls that often, and the last time I looked there was only "regular" git on the download list. Now I see they pushed out the portable variant as well ... only I haven't been ...
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Is it possible to create Portable VM?

I want to know that is it possible to create a fully portable virtual machine using any of the VMWare like products? My objective is to create a virtual machine (XP as guest OS), install some app in ...
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Why aren't all Mac applications easily portable to Linux?

Since the Apple OS-X operating system is a UNIX derivative (BSD), and the underlying (Intel) Mac architecture is the same, why isn't it very straightforward to get Apple-specific applications running ...
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Remote Desktop or Streaming Software/Services that Supports Gaming

I've simply been amazed by the quality and speed of Onlive, as this technology has the potential of making hardware requirements irrelevant to the average user. However, at the moment Onlive is only ...
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A script so that you don't forget your usb drive on a public computer

So I have a problem because I'm an idiot. I seem to always leave my usb drives in public computers at school and the like. I unmount them and log off leaving them still in the pc, and of course I then ...
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Portable apps for Linux?

Asking this question got me thinking - are there portable apps available for Linux? I know a lot of simple tools can be run in a standalone fashion, but will I run into security limitations with ...
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Can I charge a computer through its USB port?

Can I charge computers by inducing 5-volt into their USB connectors? Is this possible? I noticed that when my EeePC 900 is off but plugged in charger, there is power coming out of the USB port. Can ...
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Does a portable secondary laptop LCD monitor exist? [closed]

I'm looking to buy a portable secondary LCD monitor for my Macbook Pro, does anything like that exist? I found some laptops that provide a dual 15'' monitor solution (but it's already baked into the ...
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What's the most popular portable applications manager?

I have a bunch of applications I carry around on a small flash drive, but I find it hard to keep everything up to date. I know about portableapps.com, but are there any other websites / repositories / ...
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Portable file association for USB sticks?

I have a usb stick with PortableApps that I carry around between different places. But one thing that annoys me, is when I open a file (such as *.flv or *.html), either Windows says it is unsupported ...
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Looking for a USB Thumbdrive / Flash drive encryption solution (not TrueCrypt) [closed]

I am looking for a USB Thumbdrive / Flash drive encryption solution. I have searched the net but I have never come accross a solution which meets the following: Must handle at least 4GB volume If ...
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How to disable Firefox Portable from automatically loading plugins

Firefox Portable automatically loads plugins that exist on the host system. It probably doesn't make much of a difference, but I would like to only load plugins that I have added to my ...
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How do I autorun applications after mounting a TrueCrypt container?

I would like my TrueCrypt virtual drive to act as a newly inserted USB drive or CD/DVD by executing commands in the partition's autorun.inf file. I've read several suggestions online including ...
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Is it normal for a MacBook Pro to get so hot that it's uncomfortable to type?

I have a 15" unibody MacBook Pro that often gets so hot on the left side that it is uncomfortable to type. I just bought a cooling pad which has helped a lot, but I'm wondering if something is wrong ...
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Portable virtualization software?

Does anyone know of any portable virtualization software for Windows that will run from a flash drive and doesn't require administrator privileges?
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Ways to make USB Firefox faster

I have several laptops so I use a USB key version of Firefox to keep my environment as I move around. I followed the suggestions offered on the Firefox web site (turn off the cache and history etc.) ...
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Lightweight Windows Alarm Clock tool

Is there any good lightweight portable alarm clock tool for Windows?
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Truecrypt - How to create self extracting archives?

Is there any way to create self extracting archives using truecrypt similar to PGP, so that a user without Truecrypt installed can open the archive on entering the right passphrase.
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Going overseas for while and using internet cafes, which precautions to take against keyloggers etc?

Ok lets say I'm taking an extended overseas trip and won't have a laptop with me. Reasons being it'll be too heavy to carry and also the country I'm in isn't very safe for carrying expensive items ...
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How can I ensure my portable applications are up-to-date?

Perhaps the major problem with portable apps is the process of updating them smoothly. Most portable apps lack of a good procedure to update them (maybe because many of them is not made to be ...
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Which is lightest on resources, free and portable MP3 player for Windows with playlist support? [closed]

Which is lightest on resources, free and portable MP3 player for Windows with playlist support? I don't need any visualization/plugin/skins. Please give info about memory usage (while song is ...
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What is the most portable and cross-platform format to store my email backups?

I currently use gmail, but this question is valid for any client: What is the best way to backup and store my email so that in the future I will be able to access it on a variety of platforms and ...
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Windows 7 doesn't autorun Portable Apps Starter on Flash drive

I'm afraid the answer is "it won't due to new security features", but I'll ask anyway. I have a USB Flash Drive I run Portable Applications on (who doesn't, right?). I use PStart to start up a nice ...
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Portable Anti-virus/spyware/malware toolkit

I am trying to remove a plethora of viruses from a friend's computer and was wondering if anyone knew of a portable anti-virus toolkit? What I am thinking of is a live-cd/dvd that may boot up ...
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Cygwin portable?

Question: Is it possible, to have a functional minimalistic (or default) setup of Cygwin on a portable medium, such as a USB stick? If so, how can this be achieved? What would be the most suitable ...
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Is it possible to live-boot VirtualBox from a USB flash drive?

To clarify, I'm not asking if you can boot from USB from within VirtualBox. I would like to make a portable version of Windows 7 that I can run from a USB drive on any machine. I'm putting a distro ...
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Is there a way to build my own “Portable” Windows AMP (Apache, MySQL, PHP) Stack?

I know there are things like XAMPP thats portable, but it does not use latest version of the software, can I build my own? I prefer portable stuff as they don't require installs, won't be affected ...
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Firefox Portable: addons are marked as “not compatible”

I'm using Firefox Portable from portableapps.com, the program is stored in my Dropbox folder. Everything works OK, except for a few addons, namely: LastPass and URL Alias. When I finished to work ...
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How to prevent Google Toolbar being installed in Portable Firefox?

Recently, the campus computers installed Google Toolbar in Firefox. Now, I have no use for this toolbar, so I don't want it there. For that and other reasons, I installed Portable Firefox on a USB ...
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Even though FireFox portable is set as default borwser, it doesn't launch when I press the keyboard key to launch web browser

I want to use Firefox portable as my main browser. I noticed when I use the shortcut key built into the keyboard to launch the web browser, something strange happens. A version of Firefox opens up but ...
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Why does Chromium run so slow in portable mode?

I am using Chromium on a flash drive through LiberKey and it does everything I want it to do as far as syncing my Chrome bookmarks from home, etc. But it's soooooo slow. If I open more than 1 tab, or ...
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What's the difference between portable and install versions?

Is there any difference between the portable and desktop install versions of software or an application? For example, I have both portable and install versions of Google chrome. Are they the same? ...
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What program can be used to package software into one executable? [closed]

I need to package an application into a single executable file (so that I don't have to install it, so that it will be portable). Does anybody know what I can use to make a program portable?
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Corrupted hard drive. Want to format it, but want to copy a image (of the corrupted) as a backup

My hard drive just corrupted again (think it because i didn't eject via Windows because it wouldn't let me, no programs was using files on the drive either). I've recovered some files but got a lot ...
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Portable charging device

I have several devices that charge by USB, that I'd like to keep charged at all times. I've used my laptop in the past, put it in the lowest possible power setting, but it still gets hot, and is ...
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How to make gVIM portable

Is it possible to make a default gVIM installation (Windows) portable so that I can carry it on a USB stick? I know there are a few portable distributions out there, but they all seem to be ...
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Prevent the use of portable software on non-admin accounts

Is it possible to disable the use of portable applications on non-administrator accounts? I am the administrator on a Windows XP machine, and I do not want limited users to be able to run portable ...
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Portable apps, Dropbox & default programs?

Currently I'm using Sublime Text 2 portable & I have put it inside dropbox to sync with my work PC. The problem is I can't set it as a default program to open HTML/CSS/PHP etc.. files, whenever I ...
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Portable Application (Software) for reading Epub in Windows XP

I need a program that can display EPUB documents and which does NOT need to be instaleld (i.e., portable application) for Windows XP. I've seen other similar threads: ePub reader for Windows but the ...
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Download from SourceForge without using the browser [closed]

I need to download Firefox as a portable app from SourceForge., but I am using IE6 and the browser crashes before the download can finish. I have found that SourceForge no longer supports IE6, so I ...
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Out of sync divx movie when playing on car player

What causes out-of sync when playing DivX movies on portable / car player ? I think it has something to do with how the movies are encoded, so here's the MediaInfo comparison of both movie file. ...
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How to remove password lock on WD mybook 1TB

How do I disable the password lock on my My book 1 TB, I want to so I may use it directly with my xbox 360, since it won't pick it up on my pc list.
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Portable Twitter clients?

Are there any good Twitter clients for Windows that can run on a thumb drive?
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Make PHP files on a USB flash drive load in portable Notepad++ by default? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Portable file association for USB sticks? I have a USB flash drive, called CLINIC, that contains a portable copy of Notepad++ for Windows. CLINIC also contain some PHP ...
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How common is fancy IP math accepted by tools?

If we specify an IPv4 address we all usually do the pattern of 1.2.3.4 Now essentially this is only 'a' way of writing a 32 bit number in a more human readable form. The IP address 1.2.3.4 can also ...
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Encryption Program for Flash drive data

Is there a program that I can use to encrypt my flash drive? I would like to be able to access data from any computer, however, so the program will probably have to reside on the flash drive.
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Monitor and Keyboard in Laptop format

I am looking for a device that is in a laptop format, but does not have any CPU, HDD, or motherboard. I was hoping for a laptop-esque device to control a headless server with usb and vga/dvi ...