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Firefox 3.6 End of Lifed, Extended Support Release (ESR) of Firefox and Thunderbird Portable 10.0.4 Released

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Submitted by John T. Haller on April 26, 2012 - 2:02am

For those who don't know, the 2+ year old Firefox 3.6.x release is officially discontinued and unsupported. It will receive no more security updates or bug fixes. All users on 3.6 should upgrade to the current Mozilla Firefox, Portable Edition 12.0 immediately to ensure they are running a secure and stable browser going forward.

PortableApps.com Installer 3.0 Pre-Release, Testers Needed

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Submitted by John T. Haller on April 5, 2012 - 9:16pm

We've got a new test build of the PortableApps.com Installer for everyone to test. It's got a brand new look and a ton of new features including improved online installer support, improved Windows 7 taskbar integration, 2TB+ drive support, better error handling, run on finish, and more. We'd like to get a few folks testing it out so we can release it as soon as possible. You can test it out and report your findings in the PortableApps.com Installer 3.0 Pre-Release 1 (and Google Chrome Portable installer) forum post.

PortableApps.com Installer Update In Progress, Short App Release Delays

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Submitted by John T. Haller on March 20, 2012 - 12:15am

We're in the process of updating the PortableApps.com Installer and Format to bring in a few bug fixes (2TB+ drive issues when used with the platform), features (automated/integrated file associations), and a new set of branding to modernize the look.

Malware Warnings, Drupal Bugs and Security

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Submitted by John T. Haller on February 3, 2012 - 11:44pm

Earlier today, a 'possible malware' warning appeared about PortableApps.com within Norton 360, Mozilla Firefox, within Google search results and similar products. This was due to an attempted hack on PortableApps.com via a Drupal exploit Plesk exploit. No PortableApps.com portable apps, databases, logins, user data, project data or security credentials were compromised. A full security audit was undertaken in the hours after the attempt to ensure nothing else was affected (it wasn't) and additional security measures were implemented to ensure everything keeps on working. The full details follow...

Google Chrome: My new favorite browser.

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Submitted by Pyromaniac on January 17, 2012 - 7:02pm

When I lost my 8 GB flash drive a couple of weeks ago, my digital life was over. With no working computer at home, my browser, games, homework, college essays, music, videos, and some projects I was working on were gone--nor could I do anything about it either. I had deleted my old backup data on my 2 GB so I could keep a copy of the original StarCraft on it after my laptop broke a while back. I was on the last mission of the Zerg in the expansion, when I realized my laptop wouldn't make it--I still got to finish that up some time.

Creating a Portable App, Part 2 — Community

Submitted by Aluísio A. S. G. on December 10, 2011 - 12:15am

There are many communities out there dedicated to software portablization. By joining one of them, you can:

  • get assistance on portablizing applications;
  • help other developers and users of portable applications;
  • offer your application for testing before publishing it in the wild.

Each community usually has its own standard and guidelines for portable applications, as well as specific ways to achieve portability. This guide will focus on PortableApps.com, the site I am member of. You are free to choose any other, but you will need to adapt or ignore many parts of the rest of the guide.

Creating a Portable App, Part 1 — Definition

Submitted by Aluísio A. S. G. on November 22, 2011 - 8:59pm

Introduction

Have you ever wanted to take your favorite applications, as well as their settings, and be able to use them on any computer? Have you ever wanted to be able to reinstall Windows without having to reinstall and reconfigure all your programs? Have you ever wanted to demonstrate a new app to a friend without installing it first?

If you have answered "yes" to any of the previous questions, then you are looking for portable applications. They do not depend on the computer they are running on, and can be easily shared with anyone. They are your computer on any computer.

Do you have an application you want to make portable? We'll see how to do it. But first, there are a few things we have to learn, like the full definition of portable application.

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