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Submitted by jciconsult on December 18, 2005 - 4:24pm

One of the problems that I have as a consultant is not having a full suite of tools when I am off for meetings. Normally I use a Palm T5 for most work. Sometimes, clients have problems that need more sophisticated tools. One of the best open source tools is R, an open source analogue of S. It is extremely powerful (See Modern Appllied Statistics with S - Venables and Ripley) and has the bleeding edge of stats.

I had originally requested a portable implementation from John. However, you can do it yourself, just copy the foler c:/program files/R over to your USB. When you load the USB, you need to navigate to the RGUI module in the BIN folder. Firing that up gives you a very powerful statistical system. It seems to work not badly on a USB key (about 100mb needed). I am still testing it in a USB environment. I have tried it on a "cold" machine on which R has never been installed and it seems to work well and leave no obvious leftovers on the main hard drive.

I have an app...

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on December 18, 2005 - 11:02am

I have a nice little program launcher app I wrote for my own USB drive. Any chance of having it hosted here?
I can provide source code (in VB...).
As far as I can tell it requires XP to work, although it may also require an installation of office (I know, VB sucks...). If this is the case and enough people want it I'm sure I can get it to work on older versions of Windows.

Trillian Anywhere

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on December 15, 2005 - 6:41pm

Sorry if this is the wrong forum, but wanted you let you know that Gaim is not the only "portable" Internet Messager; Trillian Anywhere is available. Actually its a step-by-step on how to make Trillian run off a USB flash drive. It's a 25mb program vs. 9 mb for Portable Gaim.

It would be nice to see it as a true Portable Trillian, but there might be $$$ issues with Cerulean Studio.

Portable Yahoo! Widget Engine (formerly Konfabulator)

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on December 14, 2005 - 4:59pm


I enjoy using the portable applications on this site, I've been a long time Portable Firefox user.

I would like to use a portable version of the Yahoo! Widget Engine (formerly know as Konfabulator).

If you haven't yet used the awesome desktop enhancement tools, check it out (!