Lifehacker was the first blog I ever read with any regularity, and I’ve been a huge fan since the day I started. For the uninitiated, Lifehacker offers tips, tricks, tutorials, and how-tos for streamlining (“hacking”) your daily habits. A discussion thread that pops up there (and on similar techie blogs) from time to time is “What’s on Your USB Drive”, in which people compare… well, you know.
So in the interest of a break from my mind-numbing summer job of writing standardized test questions (yes, it’s about as exciting as it sounds), get ’em out.
Here’s what’s currently on my 2Gb Cruzer Micro:
- John T. Haller’s PortableApps Suite – slightly modified; contains flash-drive-friendly versions of OpenOffice, Firefox, Gaim (instant messaging), Sumatra (PDF reader), VLC (media player), Clam (antivirus), and xPlorer2 (file manager)
- PC Repair System – a 36-app first-aid kit for your PC. I have no idea how to use most of these, but could probably figure some of them out if I had to (or could at least give to someone who does know). Much like a real first-aid kit, I keep it in hopes I’ll never have to
ask someone else how touse it.
- Work for my graduate degree.
- All the digital documentation for each class I’ll be teaching this coming semester (Multicultural Studies, Shakespeare’s Comedy, and Sophomore English) – handouts, audio/video files, plans/outlines, etc.
- Four complete music albums (legally obtained and DRM-free, thankyouverymuch) I was supposed to give to a friend the last time I saw him but forgot to (sorry, Dan – get at you next weekend).
- Photographic evidence that I have the cutest two-year-old in the all-time history of everything ever.
- A .txt file titled “READ ME IF YOU FOUND THIS”. The contents are my name, work address & email, and cell phone number, as well as the promise of a reward for its safe return.
- An encrypted folder containing… well, if I told you, it wouldn’t be a secret! Just some boring personal stuff that no one but me would find interesting and I don’t want messed with.
- 1.2 Gb free space
Before I got my tablet PC, my flash drive was a godsend – I don’t have an assigned room, and have taught all across my school’s 72-acre campus. Thanks to it, I’ve never been without any offline teaching resource. Despite the tablet, I still carry it on my person, if for no other reason than for redundancy’s sake.
What are your “must have” docs and apps for your portable drive? Let us know in the comments.