Portable Apps--Your Own Computer in Your Pocket



Why this Quest

You want to be able to say:

  • I can use my preferred apps and web browser settings from any Windows computer

Itinerant Computing

It can be frustrating to find yourself in situations in which you need to use a computer that is not your own. Personal computers become impersonal computers. When you use your own computer, you have your apps, your bookmarks, your browser preferences, and so on. In a computer lab or someone else’s computer, you’re an itinerant computer user. Need to install a particular piece of software for a class or special project? You’re typically out of luck.

Some schools and other public computing spaces solve this problem by allowing people to make changes to the computer that get wiped away every time the computer gets rebooted. This is a great solution in that it allows users to install software an try out new things without worrying about spyware or mangling the registry, but if every time you sit down to a computer you have to install the programs you need, you waste a bunch of time just getting started.

Fortunately, there is a solution that will let you carry a bunch of programs that you need on a USB drive (or Dropbox or Google Drive) so that you can customize them and install them without concerns of cluttering up the registry of your friend, family member, or library’s computer.

Check out Portableapps.com and install their portable apps. A good place to start is with the browsers that you may have already installed (e.g., Firefox, and Google Chrome, though there are some others).

If you have a MacOS computer, you will need to do this somewhere that there is a Windows computer (e.g., your local computer lab).

What to Do

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  1. Install the PortableApps Installer on your USB or Cloud drive.
  • Install at least two web browsers
  • Install at least two text editors
  • provide evidence that you have done so
  • Include your learning trajectory, including how long you spent

Success: Screen shot of Chrome and Firefox