Nerd-on-a-stick to the rescue!

“Nerd-on-a-stick”

My "Nerd-on-a-stick" is a little project I'm working on on and off: the goal is to have a (fairly) complete set of portable software on a USB stick, for Windows as well as OS X, so I'll always have a decent "development platform" with me. And (if at all possible) all OSS or at the very least freeware. That not only includes things like a decent programmer's editor, source control clients, a bunch of browsers, IRC and IM clients, a web server and the like, but also email and a complete office application. The latter obviously must be OpenOffice.org (OO.o), for which there is a portable version for both Windows and the Mac (though the latter uses a rather old version of the code). It's nowhere near finished yet, but I had my whole presentation done with (Windows) Impress, all on my neat little white nerd-on-a-stick, dangling around my neck. It saved the day when I had to do that presentation in a building where not a single projector would work with a MacBook...

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