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Beginners Guides: USB Memory Drive Projects

Beginners Guides: USB Memory Drive Projects - PCSTATS
Abstract: Encryption, Firefox browser, word processing, arcade games and yes even an operationg system can be run off your USB hard drive... if you know how!
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External Mfg. Website: PCstats Mar 11 2006   Mike Dowler  
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USB travel kit C) portable word processor

To finish up our trifecta of essential portable applications, how about the AbiWord word processor? This complete cross-platform writing tool has the distinction of working perfectly well when installed on a USB device, something you can't say about Word or Wordperfect.

Happily, installation is incredibly easy again. Download the file from here , run the installer and set your USB drive as the target. During the installation process, choose not to create a desktop shortcut (for obvious reasons).

Once installation is complete, the executable file can be found in the 'abiword\bin\' directory. Make a shortcut to this file from the root of your USB drive to run the program easily.

A selection of plugins is also available here and here to make this word processor play nicely with various other office applications. These can be installed directly to the USB drive also.

All three applications (browser, email client and word processor) we just listed take up only 40MB of your portable drive. We can't think of a reason not to use these excellent tools if you are planning to compute away from home anytime soon.

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Contents of Article: PCstats
 Pg 1.  Beginners Guides: USB Memory Drive Projects
 Pg 2.  Boot up with a USB drive con't
 Pg 3.  Run Linux on a USB device
 Pg 4.  Private email encryption application
 Pg 5.  USB travel kit A) Portable web browser
 Pg 6.  — USB travel kit C) portable word processor
 Pg 7.  WinXP briefcase to synch files on the USB drive
 Pg 8.  Format a USB drive with NTFS file system
 Pg 9.  Create permanent folders and share over a network
 Pg 10.  Take your favourite media player with you

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