USB Apps make any computer your computer

While traveling Scandinavia I took along InaraShuffle - my trusty new iPod Shuffle which doubles as a USB keychain drive. Besides the requisite music (what? you use that thing for music) I also had my travel information and a host of Mac and Windows applications for making any internet cafe computer useful to me. It also allows my computer usage to be a little more private as my internet cache, passwords, and the ilk aren't getting stored on the hard-drive (though a keylogger would work).

I plugged in the iPod Shuffle and pulled up Firefox, an SSH client, and SunBird (for scheduling). However, a lot more of these apps have shown up, so check out the list at USB Utilities.

I think I'll definitely be adding Trillian (instant messaging), abiword (word processing), and noiseware (photo-editing).

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Andrew Turner is an advocate of open standards and open data. He is actively involved in many organizations developing and supporting open standards, including OpenStreetMap, Open Geospatial Consortium, Open Web Foundation, OSGeo, and the World Wide Web Consortium. He co-founded CrisisCommons, a community of volunteers that, in coordination with government agencies and disaster response groups, build technology tools to help people in need during and after a crisis such as an earthquake, tsunami, tornado, hurricane, flood, or wildfire.