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Portable Apps platform 2.0 coming soon with loads of improvements

John T. Haller's Portable Apps suite sets the standard when it comes to one-stop-shopping for programs for your USB flash drive. Today on the official Platform blog, Haller has shared details and screenshots of the upcoming 2.0 release -- and it's looking good. Currently in beta for about two more weeks, the final release is slated for some time later this month. Among the improvements you'll...

CloudDrive provides easy desktop access to 5GB Acrobat.com cloud storage

Looking for a convenient place to store 5GB of your documents and media files for free? Acrobat.com is a decent option, though getting files uploaded can be a bit of a hassle. Their web interface only allows you to send one file at a time and you can't send whole folders. That can make for a pretty lengthy upload process. A more convenient way to do it is with CloudDrive, a small Windows...

Open source disk tool UltraDefrag hits version 4.0

If you haven't heard it mentioned before with other disk defragmenters, UltraDefrag is a solid open source alternative to tools like MyDefrag and Auslogics' Disk Defrag. Ultra Defrag is packed with functionality, offering whole disk defragmentation and optimization, file and folder defragging (via your right-click context menu), boot-time defragging, and scheduled jobs. The boot-time job...

11 useful Windows apps that tie in to your GMail account

Love your GMail account but want to do more with it? If you're a Windows user, there are plenty of great (and free) apps that take advantage of your massive inbox in the cloud! GBridge sets up a Hamachi-like VPN and offers loads of cool features for your Windows desktop, including file sharing, backup and synchronization, and remote control via VNC. Since the developers added support for...

WhatsOpen tells you why volumes won't eject from your Mac

Anyone who regularly plugs and unplugs external drives from their computer has at some point been frustrated by the operating system's refusal to eject a volume. Lately I've begun using more external drives, and this phenomenon is occurring more and more frequently. Apple has acknowledged this issue, and will be addressing it in the forthcoming Snow Leopard release of OS X, but that doesn't help...

ExpanDrive - Access Remote Files on the Mac

Have you ever wanted to view or edit a file that wasn't sitting on your own hard drive? Sure you have. It's either on your work machine, or on your mom's machine, or it's on your brother's Alienware gaming machine in the basement and you just don't want to get up to deal with it. You wish you had a network drive for all of these machines. That's where ExpanDrive comes in (Mac only). The great...

New York's live traffic Google Map mashup

The New York State Department of Transformation has their Google on. They've created an intuitive Google Maps mashup that makes traveling through the state a little easier. A Real-time transportation status map plots live camera feeds, roadwork, critical incidents, road closures, weather or alerts, and traffic speeds. A legend on the left side of the map allows users to plot one topic at a time...

Dictionary and thesaurus on a thumb drive

In my opinion, selling software on a USB drive is a fantastic idea, and Merriam-Webster has taken it and run with it with their USB Dictionary & Thesaurus. It's a 256MB flash drive that includes MW's dictionary and thesaurus software, plus phonetic spelling correction, a grammar guide, and a "Confusables" function for correcting mistakes like their vs. there vs. they're. It also includes...

GParted: Free, non-destructive disk partitioning tool

Looking for a fast and free non-destructive, graphical disk partitioning tool? Yes, such a thing does exist: Its GParted, short for Gnome Partition Editor, an open-source tool for Linux. Okay, so most of you aren't Linux users--why should you care? Well, because GParted will resize your FAT32 and NTFS partitions (as well as about 10 other formats) and it comes in install-free LiveCD and USB drive...

Make Trillian portable with Trillian Anywhere

While many have been satisfied with Portable Gaim for their take-it-with-you IM needs, some people are stuck on Trillian (and not without reason). What are those people to do if they want to be able to take a complete Trillian install with them on a USB drive? Trillian Anywhere poses a solution. It's not a portable version of Trillian you download, but rather an "online wizard" that will guide you...

SftpDrive: Access your SSH server as a network drive in Windows

SftpDrive is a commercial app (free six-week trial, $39 to buy) that lets you map remote SSH/SFTP servers to network drives in Windows, meaning you can access your remote files just like local files from any Windows program securely. In addition to mapping network drives, SftpDrive will do SSH tunneling. I installed the trial (the download is less than 1.5MB) and found that the "zero...

Wikipedia's big list of portable apps

We've seen a number of portable app round-ups, but the one I'm bookmarking is Wikipedia's List of portable applications article. As with everything on Wikipedia, it's user contributed and nicely comprehensive. The portable apps are broken down by category, from operating systems to office apps to FTP clients, and apps for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X are listed. The page also has a nice collection...

How to run Linux from a USB flash drive

Ever wanted to take a bootable OS with you in your pocket? AltHack.com has a cool guide on getting Linux running on a USB flash drive, and it looks remarkably simple. It uses the 50MB distribution Damn Small Linux and in about 10 steps you should be up and running. [Via Lifehacker]...