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December 11th, 2011, 08:41 PM
Every so often you run across a list of apps to include on the "Ultimate USB." I doubt anymore that we'll ever quite get to "ultimate," but here's my current top 10 list. Every so often I need to work in Windows, and numbers 2 through 9 make that bearable, while number 1 makes life fun :-)

What's on your list?

10. System rescue tools (e.g., UltimateBootCD installed on USB)

9. Eraser (http://www.heidi.ie/eraser/download.php) (for secure file erase -- any other "must haves" from PortableApps.com?)

8. Syslinux 3.86 (can package up both Windows and Linux versions in a little "/boot/syslinux/*" zipfile, so can quickly and easily set up a Live USB on either platform -- Syslinux 4.04, 4.05 do not work as nicely for this)

7. Either MySQL Administrator and MySQL Query Browser, or MySQL Workbench (each available for Windows and Linux (via synaptic) -- with SSH tunneling (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1877871#post11439616) these can be used to admin/backup any MySQL data base and are much nicer than most ISP provided management tools)

6. Process Explorer (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896653) / Process Monitor (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896645) (two "Power Toys" I count as one)

5. TweakUI (http://download.microsoft.com/download/f/c/a/fca6767b-9ed9-45a6-b352-839afb2a2679/TweakUiPowertoySetup.exe) (plus, makes it easy to disable 'auto-play' on all devices)

4. TrueCrypt Traveler (http://www.truecrypt.org/docs/truecrypt-portable) (the portable version of TrueCrypt)

3. MobaXterm (http://mobaxterm.mobatek.net/en/) (amazing: it's Cygwin in a little box with extras, including a remote file browser when using SSH -- it starts so fast that it's great as a shell, and instead of Windows File Explorer)

2. Password Safe (http://sourceforge.net/projects/passwordsafe/files/) (or any other handy pw manager, except for LastPass -- PWSafe is nice 'cuz there's a Windows and a Linux [beta] version, plus a Java version that runs on a Mac and reads the same data files)

1. A Ubuntu Live remix with 2, 4, and 7 added in, along with UbuntuTweak in place of TweakUI.