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I find the idea of portable apps quite appealing - a computer in a thumb drive and all that jazz: http://portableapps.com/ But I wonder whether a combination of Dropbox and ultraportable laptops hasn't just made the whole idea obsolete. I generally carry a laptop around to work while travelling, for instance, and when in the office Dropbox keeps my files synced.
Anyone using Portable Apps (or similar)? What do you find it useful for?
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I have used portable apps on computers/networks that have security settings that are too restrictive. In doing so I am probably breaking the rules of the network, but I find it hard to be productive using Internet Explorer these days.
 
i use portable encryption software. otherwise my laptop or portable external harddrive is all i need.
 
No mention of the cold water tap of computing - the tablet - different sizes for different groups of tasks.
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Portable apps in combination with Dropbox could be handy. Copy them all on to your Dropbox and save installing them on every computer.
 
I used to use portableapps but now have a Chromebook so all the apps I need are right there or in the cloud. 
 
I use a portable version of chrome and Firefox as +Cardiff University has a only a very old version of Firefox on their computers (as well as IE) so zero support for hyml5...
 
For something like writing a laptop is fine, maybe even good. But for other types of work (graphics, programming etc.) where you need a large screen and/or serious processing power, a laptop isn't much good. Portable apps solve the problem of how to avoid buying multiple licenses for expensive packages when you need to work across several machines.
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