So I recently purchased a 1Gb USB drive to replace my somewhat neanderthalic (but still useful) 64Mb drive (which in turn had replaced a by-now-prehistoric 16Mb drive). Up until recently when using computers that were not my own, I had been using whatever browser was on the machine, and downloading and using puTTY each time. Not too bad, but a bit tedious. Not to mention I’m not a great fan of IE. Thus I decided to grab the portable versions of Firefox and PuTTY and put them on my USB drive.
Man is it useful having them avaliable on a flash drive or what? I’ll start with that rather handy browser, Firefox:
- Go to this site and download Firefox Portable
- Run, and ‘install’ / extract the files to any folder (at this stage FF IS functional, and you could just copy it to disk, however…)
- Copy your bookmarks.html file over the bookmarks.html file included in the Data/profile directory of Portable Firefox.
(NB the file usually resides at “C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\profile.letters\” — substitute as appropriate)
- Copy your extensions to the \Data\profile\extensions directory. Your extensions folder is located inside the same folder as above
- Copy your userContent.css file. If you made one of these, you almost certainly know to do this!
- Copy plugins (such as Flash player) to the Data/plugins directory. The plugins are found in the Firefox directory under ‘plugins’ (eg C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\plugins) — the Flash player plugin is NPSWF32.dll, the QuickTime plugin[s] are npqtplugin[1-7].dll
- Copy the whole directory tree to your flash drive. Aaaaand you’re done!
And as for PuTTY – it is even easier:
- Go to this page, and download portaputty.zip
- Extract to a directory
- Copy directory to USB drive
Thats it! Settings will be saved automatically to a subdirectory named .putty. Very simple. Note that this gives you the whole PuTTY suite: plink, pageant, psftp, putty itself, puttytel, puttygen and pscp.
Bonus tip: get WGens and copy it’s directory to the flash drive for some on-the-road Genesis entertainment. It is Windows only, but if you will be using a Linux machine then you will almost certainly already know where to look!