Posted 26 December 2007 - 01:40 PM
Good Day after Christmas ...
I've been involved with computers since the mid 1950's and have tried to keep up withs what new with PC's. One special interest is in using computers for Assistive Technology for persons with disabilities.
I'm in the process of trying to learn how to make a crash proof PC configuration for a minimal PC configuration (such an older donated computer) or if not crash proof, at least a configucation that can be restored easily.
I've begun to look at portable applications (that run from a USB flash drive or from a folder) which do not leave any trace on the base computer configuration/registry/operating system. I'm also looking at the use of Virtual computers (e.g. using VMware Player) which can run without making any intrusions on the base configuration.
I could certainly use some help in some relevant areas (in figuring out how to convert existing applications to run as a portable-application) and (in getting started with VMware on a Pentium/XP computer).
I think that there have been tools "out there" for years, before "portable apps and virtual ware", such as the "Guest" feature which was bundled with Iomega's old 100 MB Zip Drives, and the some of the old clean-up programs that let you package an existing application as a single file that could be archived and reused as needed "without a trace".
Of course, secure system tools interest me. For my Assistive Technology projects, I like to have a comprehensive package that combined Anti-virus, Anti-Spyware, Anti Rootkit, and WinPatrol. All FREE and simple for disabled persons to use with minimal training would be nice. Remote access maintenance would be good too.
Of course, this to too much to do instantaneously. I think that portable-apps, and Security software are basic.
I'd like to hear from anyone with similar interest.
Cheers and best wishes for Christmas/Hanukkah, and the New Year.