The Portable Freeware Collection is my first stop when looking for applications for my USB flash drive.  The site prides itself on cataloging software that can be run without installation.  This makes it ideal for USB drives, but it is also quite useful when moving applications from computer to computer.

Opera Mini 2.0

September 30th, 2006

Opera Mini is an impressive little web browser for your phone. It allows you to access the web via a remote server that pre-process web pages before sending them to your phone. The content is optimized for your device, providing good performance and a suprisingly great experience. I loaded it on my RAZR and have been pleasantly surprised by how well it works and how well it displays the pages. Definitely something to check out.

You can download Opera Mini using your phone’s browser and going to

Did You Know?

September 30th, 2006

Firefox is not safer than Internet Explorer

According to a recent security report from Symantec, “Mozilla browsers had the most vulnerabilites, 47, compared to 38 in Microsoft Internet Explorer.”  Firefox has some great features and is a fine browser to use, just don’t hang your hat on the misconception that it is a more secure browser.

Portable Apps Of The Week

September 28th, 2006

Universal ExtractorDecompression UtilityDownload 
Universal Extractor is great for extracting files from archives such as 7-zip, RAR, IMG, ISO, ZIP, CAB, InstallShield and Inno Setup packages.  Download the UniExtract Binary Archive.

PStartApplication LauncherDownload   
PStart is a small program launcher to start user defined applications.  It is a great addition to any USB drive that contains portable applications.

GreatNewsRSS ReaderDownload 
GreatNews is a RSS feed reader with that utilizes a full page mode for easier reading.  You can apply different styles to your subscriptions and change the number of articles that appear on the page.  Download the zip file.

Downloads of the Week

September 25th, 2006

Bulk Rename UtilityFile Renaming ToolDownload
Bulk Rename Utility allows you to easily rename multiple files and directories, based upon flexible criteria.  You can also add incrementing numbers to the file name, add a prefix or suffix, change case, replace characters and more.  It looks a little complicated at first, but it is easy to learn.

BitCometFile Sharing ToolDownload
BitComet is a powerful, clean, fast, and easy-to-use bittorrent client. It is P2P file-sharing freeware fully compatible with Bittorrent. BitComet supports simultaneous downloads, a download queue, selected downloads in torrent package, fast-resume, chatting, disk cache, speed limits, auto-port mapping, proxy, and IP-filter.

VLCMedia Player/StreamerDownload
VLC media player is a multimedia player for various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, MP3, and more).  It also plays DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. Additionally, it can be used as a server to stream on a high-bandwidth network.

Portable Apps Of The Week

September 22nd, 2006

Gaim PortableInstant MessengerDownload
Gaim is a multi-protocol instant messaging client. Compatible with AIM, MSN Messenger, Yahoo!, and others. Gaim users can log in to multiple accounts on multiple networks simultaneously. It also supports many native features of the various networks, such as file transfer, away messages, etc.  It works great for me whether I’m on my PC or on my laptop.

Firefox PortableWeb BrowserDownload
The portable version of the popular web browser gives you the luxury of taking your bookmarks and extensions with you, so you always have them.  It leaves no personal info behind on the computer.  For speeding up Firefox Portable see here.

Sudoku Portable - GameDownload
Sudoku Portable is a an addictive puzzle game, with four difficulty levels and automatic saving of game on exit.  I have become quite hooked on Sudoku, so this has been a great take along time waster for me.

Downloads of the Week

September 18th, 2006

PDFCreatorPDF ToolDownload
PDFCreator is a great Open Source application that allows you to create PDF files from any Windows program that is able to print. It allows you to merge multiple files into a single PDF, encrypt PDF files, and send generated files by email. It is a free application, even for commercial purposes. This has proven to be a very useful application for me and helped me (both at work and at home) to become as paperless as I possible can. It is simple to use has has proven reliable, no matter what I have managed to throw at it.

Foxit PDF ReaderPDF Document ViewerDownload
The Foxit PDF Reader is a free, lightweight PDF document viewer that is much smaller in size and quicker than the Adobe Reader. It allows you to view or print PDF document, fill out PDF forms and save them, and to view PDF as text. I prefer over Adobe’s, it displays the document quickly without the wait (or the splash screen).