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I'll have an Office-On-A-Stick, please.....

By gadgetgirl ·
I know you lot out there all have brains, so get 'em out, polish them up, because GG needs input!!

Explanation: For numerous reasons, my job is changing, and there is the possibility that my responsibilites regarding number of personnel and geographical coverage will double. (Yes, I'm getting all the good jobs again - no change there!)

What I think I'm going to need to do is to have my own "office on a stick" - i.e. everything to hand on a flash memory stick loaded with portable apps. I'm in the unenviable position of perhaps having to work from any one of 192 locations, on anything from ancient to modern kit, including laptops, so I think the USB memory stick is the way to go.

What I need is some input/feedback on the portable apps you've been using - which are the most reliable, which integrate with others most seamlessly, etc.

The only thing I've come up with as a definitive must have program so far is the portable firefox - that will be ideal, as I will always have to have my bookmarked/favourite sites with me for research. Other than that, I'm quite open to suggestions (down, jd, down !!!) Obviously, because of the job I do, I need things like file shredders, zips, pdf readers etc. but which ones? I've done research on this, and up to now I've found about 3000 items out there - it's mind numbing to a non-techie like me!

Oh, there's another thing - ease of use. Has to be simple to set up and run...... I'm NOT technically minded!

Obviously I need this to be something akin to a laptop, without the hardware, hence the "office on a stick" title. In answer to any questions about to be asked, no, I cannot use a laptop with regular apps for a variety of security reasons.

If you hadn't gathered, portable apps are something new to me, so I really do need some help....... so I thought I'd ask all you lovely TR mates....

<rises from knees, wincing>

Any input, as you well know, will be much appreciated.

Cheers m'dears!


Edit: if anyone can point me to a "how-to", I also need to be able to download webmail (i.e. gmail, hotmail, yahoomail)by folder, if at all possible.....
<mutters> I wish they'd stop asking me to do things I don't know how to do! </mutter>

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by OnTheRopes In reply to I'll have an Office-On-A- ...
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Thanks, NB, you're a star!

by gadgetgirl In reply to .

My main problem is that I'm going to be able to have to do everything I would normally do in the office, so I need an Office type program, zip prog, security file, file shredder, basically anything that will help me investigate a security incident, and report back, eventually in hard copy, to my PTB.

This is another reason for wanting to know how to save folders in a webmail account......I just had a close one where I thought I was going to have to do that, and I haven't got a clue how (I'm not alone, the available engineers dunno, either!)

What I really need to do is to have everything that would normally be on a pc, on a memory stick, so that I have all I need with me at all times. So, any suggestions would be good - at the moment I'm not nailed down to only what is used on the network, so it's pretty much a free for all. Any hints/tips/advice/suggestions more than gratefully received!

thanks again!


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Minimal Requirements?

by TheNose In reply to Thanks, NB, you're a star ...

I'm going to assume (that's a bad thing) that you're going to have access to the net in all cases. IF that's the case, then think you can do everything that you need, from the sounds of it, via yahoo's mail and brief case. Yahoo and Google (and I'm sure other online packages do also) will allow you to create bookmarks for your own personalized web page. Learn how to use the local machines. But for a quickie recomendations, I suggest RoboForm, it will also save bookmarks, email, address info, and it has a portable USB version. For a simple Quick word editor, I might suggest NotPro. But these are just personal favorites. Make use of the local machines as much as you can. If you have to bounce between machines that are running XP and Win 98, you will need to learn more. As far as saving a whole folder to web mail, you would have to zip the folder into one file, you can't just drop a (dir) folder into mail. Size will matter.

But nothing would beat having your own laptop to use.

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NICE Avatar!!!!!

by Tig2 In reply to .

NeverBusted, you are just SO cool!

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by OnTheRopes In reply to NICE Avatar!!!!!
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Bless you, NB!

by gadgetgirl In reply to .

but this isn't too urgent, if you need to get back to your avatar, and the 3 day support, that's fine by me!

Oh, you've just given me an idea....

need to PM Tig....


ta muchly, NB, I do appreciate you!


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by OnTheRopes In reply to Bless you, NB!
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Starving, now!

by gadgetgirl In reply to .

NB, you're an absolute DIAMOND

Never mind the chicken sandwich, the steak is on me! Brilliant, NB, you are an absolute star, thank you very, very much - I appreciate the effort, and the time you took to do that.

Keep on like this and I may even make you an Honorary Geordie....!! !!

Y'areet marra? [are you alright, my friend?]

or in this case - ok? !!!

I promise I'll keep it to English English not Geordie English....if I can...!!

Thanks again, NB - you are very much appreciated.


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by OnTheRopes In reply to Starving, now! :p
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by DMambo In reply to .

If you need to remote into other machines, VNC is great. It's free and works pretty well. It can be a bit of a pain through firewalls, but on the same subnet, it's easy.

If you're not familiar with it (which I doubt. You are GG after all!) check out the wiki article:

Hey everyone, since this is a serious question, let's stick to topic for once to keep it lean for GG. Violators will be prosecuted.

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