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Auslogics releases free, portable task manager alternative

There are plenty of good reasons to keep a good Task Manager alternative on your flash drive -- like when some nasty malware has disabled access to Windows' native one. We've mentioned some options before on DownloadSquad, and now there's a new one to add to the mix. Auslogics has just released a free, fully portable app that will only take up a scant 1.7Mb of space on your drive. ATM...

USB Drive Fresher automatically tidies your flash drives

On my service bench, we've got a handful of USB flash drives that get cluttered up on a daily basis. By the end of the day, they're often loaded up with drivers, backups, thumbs.db files - you name it. Yesterday, I found USBDriveFresher. It's a free utility designed to clean up flash drives with minimal fuss. You can create your own cleanup routines. Cleanup can even be done automatically, which...

Kitchen Sink Collection offers 1.2 gigabytes of portable Windows apps

Portable application suites are extremely popular downloads. The granddaddy of them all - John T. Haller's Portable Apps - just cleaned up at OSCON and passed the 100 million download mark. It's not the only suite around, though. I covered it and three others in a previous post, but hadn't yet heard of Kitchen Sink Collection. It's packed with more than 1.2Gb of software and includes all the...

uSBuntu Live Creator makes portable Ubuntu installs a breeze

LiveCDs are a great way to experiment with Linux without making any changes to your system, but they're so dang wasteful. I never remember to sleeve my discs and they end up with more scratches than a guy juggling feral cats. USB flash drives are great, because they're a lot more rugged and they can be reused again and again. They're also totally silent, something I can't say the same for the...

Lexar tool makes creating bootable USB flash drives easy

Turning your USB flash drive into a bootable device in Windows isn't always an easy task. A lot of the tools that used to be readily available have become annoying difficult to find. Fortunately, the nice folks at Pendrive Apps have saved a particularly handy one: Lexar's BootIt. BootIt doesn't handle partitioning duties, so you'll need to do that first. After that, making your drive bootable is...

How to run Skype from a USB flash drive

Skype lets you make cheap or free voice or video calls on computers running Windows, OS X, or Linux. There are even mobile clients available that let you make calls using your smartphone from a WiFi hotspot. But there's no official portable version of Skype that you can run from a USB stick. It turns out though, that it's pretty trivial to convince Skype for Windows to run properly from a USB...

Rohos Mini Drive creates protected partitions on USB flash drives

Rohos Mini Drive is a free Windows utility that will let you create a hidden, password-protected and encrypted partition on any USB flash drive. In theory you could use the software on your hard drive as well, but it really comes in handy if you have a tendency to carry sensitive data around on flash drives but also have a habit of accidentally leaving them lying around. When you plug a drive...

Flash Drive Reminder reminds you to unplug your flash drive

Flash Driver Reminder is a different kind of nagware. While some applications will pop up a nag message reminding you to register or pay for your software after you've been using it a while, Flash Drive Reminder actually provides you with a useful nag message. When it's running, Flash Drive Reminder will display a nag message when you try to shut down or logout of your Windows session reminding...

How to run Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex from a flash drive

In ten days, Canonical will officially launch Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex, the next version of the popular operating system. But you don't have to wait until October 30th to take it for a spin. The beta version of Ubuntu 8.10 is available today, and for all intents and purposes, it's pretty close to the version that will be available in a week and a half, and you can always install it now and...