Locating Portable Applications for Mac OS X: A Guide

Recently, I snagged a 2GB SanDisk Cruzer micro drive from Best Buy for a steal at $45, available this week in Colorado. This device supports ‘portable applications‘ which are particularly handy for Windows users (Linux enthusiasts might find it useful too, though I’m less familiar with that environment).

For those new to the concept, portable applications allow you to install and run software directly from the drive, including all necessary settings and files. This capability is part of the U3 standard, which SanDisk is involved in developing.

Imagine running Firefox from this drive on any public computer, keeping all your personal settings and history secure on your own device.

Interestingly, many Mac OS X applications also run well from such drives. I personally use several utilities for my iPod stored directly on the device itself, thanks to iTunes’ disk use feature.


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