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Blog Softly and Carry an 8GB Stick

This is the second post I’ve written on my Windows 7 laptop, except I’m not running Windows 7. I installed Ubuntu (boy isn’t that fun to say) on a USB Pen Drive and booted from it. When I originally started Xackr, it was going to be about installing portable apps that allowed you to move your profile from computer to computer with out affecting the host computer. The problem there was the process still made registry writes on Windows machine and later started causing false positives in some Antivirus softwares. Today I can say it’s safe to take that to a new level, thanks in part to much cheaper flash drives and the brave people still developing Open Source software in a down economy.

It’s now possible to put the whole computer on a flash drive and carry it with you. Ubuntu 10.4 is sufficient. And as REWORK says “Good enough is good enough.” Literally 80% of what I do now runs inside a browser and Firefox is Firefox. Still not convinced? Okay, now imagine you have 200GB of Google storage ($50 a year) as well. Google now lets you upload any file to that storage space. The result? You can hang your computer around your neck and anyplace someone will let you boot up – you have access to your computer. Your desktop, your background image, your favorite apps, your bookmarks – you get the idea.

I’m going to continue to explore and write about Computer on a Stick, as well as look for stick deals you can take advantage of.

I guess Xacking is back on the stick. Pretty exciting, even if not cutting edge.


About xackr

Xacking is zenhacks through tech (preferably) lo-cost hi-perf tech. Bootstrapping yourself to rockstar status without breaking bank or stones. I started the idea of xacking as being a way to carry flash drives around with all your key stuff. Now you can stick a computer on a stick. I've since drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and explore bang for buck when the initial buyin is HIGH but quality. The secret? Make it last a long time.


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