I’ve been up since 3:30 AM, and I’m tired of work. Deciding to take a short break before lunch, I ran across a few jewels, include this — PortableApps.com. Sweet!

I can’t help but assume that you already know about this. I’m so slow with this sort of stuff. But in case you reside in the slow lane with me, PortableApps is a suite of applications, mostly open source, that have been scaled down such that they will fit on most portable devices (thumbdrives, portable hard drives, iPods and other portable plug-in devices.

You just download the apps and them drag them over to your device. Then, as you are in portable mode, away from your computer, and you need to do some work, you can sit at another computer, plug in your device, and you have access to these apps and your personal data. The software includes:

  • AbiWord (word processing)
  • FileZilla (FTP client)
  • Firefox (Web browser)
  • Gaim (instant messaging)
  • NVU (Web editor)
  • OpenOffice (office suite)
  • Sunbird (Calendar)
  • Thunderbird (e-mail)
  • and more!

At present, PortableApps is PC only, although most of the apps are available for Mac individually.

Author: David Warlick

David Warlick has been an educator for the past 40+ years. He continues to do some writing, but is mostly seeking his next intersect between play, passion and purpose, dabbling in photography, drone videography and music production.