Not a request, I swear!
Anybody seen this? The Staples ad this weekend has it. $25 if you buy a computer, $50 otherwise, comes on a flash drive that says exactly that on it (topic title). Looks generic, but nicer than your average SanDisk Cruzer.
I was just flipping through that, and the Best Buy ad looking at flash drives and portable hard drives wondering when I was going to see a flash drive preloaded with PortableApps stuff, which I know is a ways off, when I saw this.
Makes me wonder how they - commercial software in general - work with portability. Maybe you've gotta register and activate it from your own computer, and then any time you use it, it's gotta get online and verify it's legal. But if you need a USB rescue drive, you've got problems, maybe you don't want to get online, so as to avoid your problems downloading other problems or worming their way to other computers. In which case ClamWin Portable would be better. Now, if you don't need to go online to register and activate at all, they're putting a lot of trust in their users to not copy the flash drive for all their friends. Even if you have to register and activate, but it doesn't need to authenticate online, the registration/activation key can and would be copied along with it.
With netbooks getting so big, so fast, it seems like a PortableApps-branded flash drive should be hitting the market in time for back-to-school. If not this year (it's kinda too late), next year. Here in North Carolina, we have one weekend a year where sales tax is waived for certain things, and I believe flash drives do qualify. Computers and all kinds of computer accessories do. It was just this past weekend. I don't know what a PortableApps.com-branded flash drive will cost; if it's very close to the fair cost of a regular flash drive, the tax will only be a couple bucks, but every bit helps (especially with the way the economy is).