Pseudo but awesome portable chrome.

This is a nifty little script which I use for google chrome portability. There is no proper portable chrome app with proper update functionalities.

The procedure:

  • Download the zip file: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1049970/Chrome.zip (~70kb)
  • Extract it in your pen drive.
  • Copy any existing Chrome installation from C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Local Settiings\Application Data\Google (Win XP) or C:\Users\sudhansh\AppData\Local\Google to the unzipped chrome folder. Match the folder structure already made in the directory.
  • Thats it!
  • Run chrome.bat whenever you need to use your portable installation/profile.

How does it work:

  • As Google Chrome installs itself in the local app settings directory of Windows, I copied it. The directory also contains a subdir for the user profile with all the settings, extensions etc.
  • The chrome folder contains a chrome.bat file which when run, does either of the following 2:
    • If it finds an already existing chrome installation on a comp it runs it using MY personal profile. Local resources give better performance.
    • If it doesn’t find any installation, it uses my own installation as well as the profile.

TODO: If the existing installation on a comp is updated one, update my installation to that one. Will do that when I boot into windows next time :).

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Apps I can not live without (Windows)

This is not a priority order, but just a collection of 10 favorite utils.

1. Everything – An ultimate ntfs drive search utility. Takes less than a minute to scan (first time/any time) a 1tb drive! Wish for its linux version as well.

2. CCleaner – Great app to clean up the desktop, registries, and unwanted waste. Also uninstalls programs the easier way and much more. The other products from piriform – defraggler, recuva are also very useful.

3. Microsoft Security Essentials – Windows has been doing a great job especially since the last year. I love this nifty little antivirus/anti-spyware program.

4. Dropbox – Immensely useful if you do not have a static workstation. http://alternativeto.net gives a plethora of other alternatives as well, but I have been kind of habituated to it.

5. PDFCreator – One of the best PDF Creation tools. I used to use CutePDF Writer which creates a pdf printer on  your machine and a simple print operation generates pdf. PDFCreator does the same and more brilliantly. It even creates a single pdf from multiple files – just select all, right-click and print. Awesome!

6. Q-Dir – There are a lot of explorer replacements. But this one is one of the simplest multi-pane utility I have seen.

7. Executor – Another gem. If you have ever used a launcher (launchy, gnome-do…), you will love this. Way more flexible and way less resource-hogger. Includes file-indexing, custom urls, hotkeys and what-nots.

8. Geany – The best replacement for Notepad. I like it more than Notepad++ or any other utility out there.

9. Sumatra PDF – Very light weight PDF reader. If I am on a decent desktop that can easily support Vista/7, the free version of PDF-Exchange is what I use.

10. foobar2000 – If I listen to a song, its on foobar. It is crazy but I download foobar (if its not there) before listening to any song at a comp. Again in my linux wishlist (though I use it with wine).

Apart from these, Chrome/Opera browser (Chrome seems faster, Opera for bad net connections), 7-zip, VLC are also kind of a must for me. Partition Master, WinCDEmu, ReNamer are added bonuses.