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Creating a USB Portable App Suite

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Little bit of background:

Alright, so basically I have a nefarious admin who is under the impression that Open Source Software is spawned by "Lecherous pirates and thieves who take the coding hard work of professional programmers and implement it for free in their bastard freeware." Just to give you an idea of the guy I'm working with.

What this ultimately means for me, is that I can never reliably get a computer with the software I need, as the licenses are distributed seemingly at random from computer to computer.

As such, I've taken it upon myself to build a Portable App Suite key for my own use.

That, by itself, is simple enough to do. A few things I'm unaware of however:

1. I need these programs to be clean. IE: They don't leave (many) traces on the computer. Registry keys and the like are fine, but preferably no temp files or other nonsense. The higher the ability to run these programs solely from the Key, the better, as admin privileges are not always available on each computer.

2. These programs need to be moderately customizable (more on that later.)

3. I need to make this Key "Ultra Secure." These computers are infested with so much spyware, malware, and viruses, it's not even funny. (I mean, the IT Admin won't even believe me when I show him that on EVERY partition of the network, there is a file called porn.mov, like, seriously? You are infested dude.) Ideally I would like to write protect a portion of this drive, but I understand that may not be feasible or possible. At the very least, I need a method of keeping it safe and clean.

4. Are the "Portable Launchers" out there any good? (Like the one found at portableapps.com )

Programs I "need"

1. Chrome (This admin swears by using IE6 for the entire network, when I regularly oversee sensitive information....)
- With regards to this, can I install extensions on Portable Chrome? (AdBlock, Chromey Calculator, IETab, Click&Clean)
2. LibreOffice (Some computers are still using Word98, others 2007, others yet with no word processor at all.)
3. An FTP Client (There are many out there, I'm not picky in that regard.)
4. Irfanview
5. GIMP (I can't count the number of times I need to edit an image and am left with just MS Paint.)
6. VLC
7. A couple more I can't think of off the top of my head smile.gif

Programs I "would like"

8. Spotify
9. uTorrent
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As an IT Spec who works for a major GOV entity, there is so much that i find wrong with this post. Regardless of your reasons, or 'obvious' technical prowess over your employer, doing something like this will only end badly.
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