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    Virtual PC on (in?) a stick

    I really debated whether or not to place this in Spyware - Antivirus - Safe Computing, but it being software won its place in this forum. I read about it here. Found its download, MojoPac, and sometime, when I HAVE time, I'll try it out with my external harddrive. But for now, <img src=/S/flee.gif border=0 alt=flee width=25 height=25>, gotta go......
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    Re: Virtual PC on (in?) a stick

    This is really cool, still playing with it now
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    Re: Virtual PC on (in?) a stick

    For those curious:

    Take your Digital Mojo (your software, settings and
    data) with you on ANY device, and run on ANY PC*.
    Overview
    MojoPac is a technology that transforms your iPod or USB Hard Drive or Flash drive into a portable and private PC. Just install MojoPac on any USB 2.0 compliant storage device, upload your applications and files, modify your user settings and environment preferences, and take it with you everywhere.

    Every time you plug your MojoPac-enabled device into any Windows XP PC , MojoPac automatically launches your environment on the host PC. Your communications, music, games, applications, and files are all local and accessible. And when you unplug the MojoPac device, no trace is left behind – your information is not cached on the host PC.
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    Re: Virtual PC on (in?) a stick

    Kel

    Just looking through it , it designates your USB drive as the Root C: Drive. With my current installation I cannot "see" the Host C: drive and therefore no Office etc, these apps would have to be part of the Mojo installation.

    As you can see from the screenshot above it looks like a completely new installation of XP when first opened
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    Re: Virtual PC on (in?) a stick

    I see that...

    So, the idea (I assume...) would be to install your apps onto the blank installation, and you'd have them regardless of the PC you connect to?

    I think the U3 drives might work better, but this is an interesting idea...
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    Re: Virtual PC on (in?) a stick

    Yes, I have just installed a mySQL server on my Mojo, all the files get sent to my USB drive <img src=/S/hmmn.gif border=0 alt=hmmn width=15 height=15>

    I think this is fine for general stuff "As it says on the label" and has a use. I'll stick with VPC for more serious stuff but one which is a "keeper" <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Virtual PC on (in?) a stick

    I think the gist of it is summed up on the website:

    "The devices draw on the host computer's resources -- including its electricity, Windows XP software and DVD drive. Yet they retain their independence as they move from machine to machine."

    I don't think the intention is to be able to draw on the host's software, other than the O/S.

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    Re: Virtual PC on (in?) a stick

    Some further interesting discussion here: Security Now! Transcript of Episode #63

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    Re: Virtual PC on (in?) a stick

    I've been following this thread with a thought to give this thing a try later even though about half the computers I encounter in my rounds have W2K and thus would not work. I went to your Steve Gibson link to see what that was like...

    Well, ya know, like I ya know read the words 'ya know' so like many times that I decided to play, ya know, the audio version. Wow, I'm like ya know does this guy really, ya know, talk like that? I'm glad he's a security guru but he sure isn't too hot with public speaking.

    ( 'ya know' = 100+ times )

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    Re: Virtual PC on (in?) a stick

    Ya, I know.

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    Re: Virtual PC on (in?) a stick

    Thanks Alan

    I have just had a happy 25 minutes listening to the podcast and it does cover the application well, I am going to do it in 2 sittings as there is quite a lot to take in.

    The interesting thing that I picked up was about EULA and the way the Mojo people have approached the anomalous licences which state that the application can be installed on only one machine. Steve Gibson sees it in an interesting way in which he defines the Mojo installation on the dongle as a single installation and therefore not breaking the "spirit" of the licence but I think Mojo has also approached this responsibly too and created a fresh installation as I showed in <post:=686,162>post 686,162</post:>

    It appears that there is a big Bug list and a few improvements to be made especially about virtual print drivers and COM+ stuff which will certainly make the application a good contender.

    For now, I am happy to go along with being a low level user, possibly putting some basic work functions on my USB drive so that I do not have to lug my laptop around all the time
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    Re: Virtual PC on (in?) a stick

    Hey this is really cool, I am using Mojo and also and have just installed Firefox Portable and writing this message via the application.

    Due to the various discussions on the use of licencing and problems with certain apps not working I am also going to download the Open Office applications as well purely to see "what I can get on the stick". If any of you are interested I shall keep this thread updated, but so far the speed of this baby appears exactly the same as if i was doing it from my host C: Drive.
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    Re: Virtual PC on (in?) a stick

    Jezza, yes - keep us informed. I'm wanting to compare this to the amazing UBCD for Windows I've been building on. Although it's apples & oranges to an extent, I'm interested in what apps can be ported to portable devices/ environments and any tricks, tips, problems etc. encountered along the way.

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    Re: Virtual PC on (in?) a stick

    Then it is probably best in snippets then as and when I find them. It is pretty impressive, I was viewing some links here in the Lounge and some of the links were showing a Metacafe video and I could not view it, this maybe due to the Firefox download I have but still...it couldn't be seen. Other items that were a mild irritation was that I was required to download a Java Runtime Environment (JRE) for the open office to get it to work so doubled the Mojo file size....there maybe some OpenSource Guru's that can help out on a smaller JRE to reduce file size.

    I don't want to get distracted by the ins and outs of open source but so far I have been very impressed although the I have found that the Desktop can lose shortcuts without explanation and very important applications such as Solitaire, Minesweeper etc are not installed...it appears the hook to the Kernel have to be a little deeper <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Virtual PC on (in?) a stick

    Sounds like an interesting app. Thanks for the link to Leo's talk about it. Any time I see something like this, I wonder if he has checked it out. I guess I'm one of those paranoid people like that. I started to install it until I read the EULA (I'm one of those crazies who actually reads 'em). Had to cancel installation when I read the EULA:

    "By downloading and installing the MojoPac Freedom Software, you hereby consent to (i) RingCube’s monitoring and collection of statistical data based on any of your activities while implementing or using the RingCube Freedom Software and (ii) receiving ads and other promotional materials that appear as notices on the desktop of your personal computer. "

    Now why would they put that in there. No indication of spyware. Is that in their plans for the future?

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