I am putting together a couple CDs worth of Freeware and some shareware software. On the way to finishing that, I got sidetracked into an application called PortableApps. This is a semi-automatic system for downloading portable programs that will run off a flashdrive or portable hard drive. These programs can run without making any changes to the host computer. E-mail and browsers are part of the package. Actually, you can make the package anything you want...with a few programs or dozens of them. I ended up with about 57 programs in a half dozen categories like utilities, office software, graphics, etc. I guess I may be a bit too easy to impress with something like this, but having practically every program you are likely to use on a device smaller than my little finger and having 16gb of storage for about $11 is amazing in relation to my first computer on which a 160mb hardrive cost $1200 and 5 in truly floppy drives were about the only way to move data around.
Also, I hope some of you enjoy the image above. it is the view from our farm looking off to the buttes northwest of here. It is also the first day of spring and appropriately, I heard the first Prairie Meadowlark of the season singing this morning.
** Stay tuned and listen for the waterfowl flying overhead and the happy meadowlarks.--- Doug Wiken