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    Mojopac 2

    Further to <!post=Virtual PC on (in?) a stick,686095>Virtual PC on (in?) a stick<!/post> posted earlier this year just to inform you all that MojoPac 2 has been released. I've got it loaded and it is looking pretty good so far.
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    Re: Mojopac 2

    So tell us a bit more. If I understand it right you install Mojopac and then install software on your portable device. How does that fit in with licensing etc if you install the software on the portable device as well as on your own pc?

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    Re: Mojopac 2

    Mojopac is a really clever piece of software, the main mojopac application is installed directly to you USB or Ipod and as it runs it draws on the host computer's resources including its electricity, Windows XP software and DVD drive. The Mojopac application hooks deep into the Windows XP kernel on the host machine.

    This is a much discussed matter on all the Mojopac forums and there is no breach of licencing. When the first version was released it was found that EULAs had not been developed quick enough and the developers of the software, responsibly in my opinion, did not let the software breach Microsoft and other licence issues. It has been mentioned that some software allows you to install once on a PC and a second installation, say a laptop, however there was no definition of a "virtual installation" being a second installation so it was left to later.

    My recent installation was classified as an update to the first version and it installed nicely over the top (although I did a thorough back up)

    My Mojopac is my open source operating system and I have been able to run Open Office, mySQL server and lots of little apps such a Media Player and PDF readers.

    Give it a go, its a keeper
    Jerry

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    Re: Mojopac 2

    Jezza,

    Do you also use Portable Apps? What difference would you see with one or the other?

    I find Portable Apps great. I realise that it does not operate within the kernal of the host machine, but I am not sure that I need to do that. Portable Apps runs Open Office and has a host of other portable programs that can be added. I have added portable Thunderbird, Filezilla, Kompozer, VLC media player, a PDF reader ... all on an 8Gb USB drive.

    I have not tried anything more heavy duty (like MySQL) but find that all this suits my purposes. I also have it set up as a briefcase so can synchronise with my home machine if (and when) I make changes to files while using Portaable Apps.

    I still need to have a host machine and I still leave no trace of my usage when I remove my drive. And no licence issues.

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    Re: Mojopac 2

    Hi Joh

    Yes I user the following:

    1) Filezilla
    2) Kompozer
    3) Open Office
    4) Sumatra PDF
    5) Media Player Classic
    6) MySQL

    All running beautifully
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    Re: Mojopac 2

    Hi Jezza,

    So why would I use MojoPac instead? I am really just asking for the benefit of those for whom this is all new info and may make a decision one way or the other.

    I should also tell you that I won brownie points with management (and eventually users) with Portable Thunderbird. One client has half a dozen or so workers who travel between sites and were nagging the boss about laptops. But at the site offices, there were computers that would be free enough for them to use to do their work. What they were really concerned about was not having access to their email.

    So Thunderbird on a USB drive in one of the 'free' machines in a remote site office (or their home if they choose to work on weekends etc) and they have their email with them at all times. Saved management a small fortune and makes the Security Officer in me much happier.

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    Re: Mojopac 2

    My general opinion is "If it ain't broken, don't fix it!" In general my original Mojopac was fine and gave me exactly what I was looking in a system of this type. However Mojopac 2 now has:

    Windows XP SP3 Support
    Windows Hotkey Virtualization
    User Interface Improvements

    I can also see that they are trying to break into the market by utilising Ipod technology and having a (at cost) professional edition. The Non-commercial one that I have installed does not allow VPN to my work but that is not an issue as I can do this via the Host and I have mapped my required drives.

    I had a problem when I plugged in my original version the other day as it got stuck on searching for updates even when I bypassed the proxy server. <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>
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    Re: Mojopac 2

    Joh

    Hot off the press, I have just loaded Mojoc 2 onto the memory card of my Nokia mobile phone, connected the USB and now have the ability to use it as my desktop.......is that cool or what? <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Mojopac 2

    So you can post photos of your night runs to Scuttlebut while you are still half way round the course??

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    Re: Mojopac 2

    ...only if I have my XP laptop and a G3 card in my pack <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Mojopac 2

    That's sounds like a Project to me ....

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    Re: Mojopac 2

    Ah! How things come back to us!

    I have had to go back and have a closer look at this Mojopac thingy.

    Mr Johbot and I are planning a cycling holiday in the Shaky Isles (aka New Zealand) early in the new year. And while it should provide an opportunity to divest myself of gadgets, I am going to be in need of access to Excel. If I could get away with Open Office Calc I would. But the spreadsheet I need to be able to use has some heavy programming running the back end and does not work in Calc.

    (This is the handicapping for the jogging group and needs to be updated each week following each run. Previous attempts to teach people to use the spreadsheet without making a mess have proven futile).

    (And keeping control over all this means that there will be at least one morning a week of enforced rest!)

    So all this is so I can get to the point where I can ask if you have any experience with Mojopac with Office, or know of anyone who has? I have time to play around with this, but was wondering if there was a heads up for me?

    Johanna

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    Re: Mojopac 2

    Hi Johanna

    It is not a problem at all, Mojopac works fine with Office. I now have Office 2007 installed on my Mojopac.

    As a caveat, I installed it and it failed first time, I have a feeling it was caused by a failed attempt to upgrade Open Office ( I inadvertantly changed admin rights) but after a Repair Install it went though OK.
    Jerry

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    Re: Mojopac 2

    Thanks Jezza,

    I will experiment some time during the week when I have a new USB stick and will post my progress back (in the interest of providing info for those who come after us)

    Johanna

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    Re: Mojopac 2

    Ahhhh.... the things you learn in here, and the things that one forgets all about !
    I am talking about "Briefcase" the company I work for is considering SyncToy at my suggestion, but until that is approved, briefcase would/should do what I need and that is to keep the files on my company laptop in sync with those on my personal laptop. I currently do this manually via an 8g pocket drive and then using synctoy sync it to my personal laptop and then to my maxtor.
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