Take your most important apps around on a USB stick. Most of these are available from portableapps.com. Here are the ones I use.

  • OpenOffice — Office Suite and line-art design tools
  • FireZilla — FTP
  • Nvu — Web page editor
  • Firefox — Web browser
  • LockNote — Encrypt a text file (to store passwords, etc.)
  • PSPad — Text Editor
  • PStart — App Launcher
  • Gimp — Image editor
  • MySQL-Front — MySQL database tool. I use the old, open-source version; there is a newer commercial version here. A good server-side alternative is phpMyAdmin.

Additional portable apps, including games, can be found here.