[This project has been discontinued due to license compliance issues. Thanks everyone who assisted with your ideas and feedback.]


  • What is this? - this was a project dedicated to building an up-to-date collection of great, free portable software for easy installation and use.
  • What's in it? - list of included freeware
  • v. 1.3 beta - note that this release is over a year old and contains very out-of-date software. I haven't worked out how to solve licensing issues. Download


Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Recent Kitchen Sink support experiences

All the following programs are readily available in the Kitchen Sink.  I'm merely linking to their original sites for reference.
  • Revo Uninstaller - the real star of the Support tools category, this program did an amazing job of pulling several notoriously hard to remove AOL programs off a very old computer.  I love this program.
  • StartUpLite - probably the best program in the Portable Freeware archive simply because of the memory and processor cycles saved over time.  For me, its just nice to have clear explanations behind a program that wants to remove auto-starting programs.  Has saved me huge time and effort researching weird programs I find on user machines.  I hope the authors keep up this excellent program.  A less descriptive but still cool program is of course Startup Control Panel.
  • MV Registry Clean - Extensive testing of this program over time has just caused problems so I'm actively looking for another registry cleaner program that's not so destructive.  EasyCleaner has a regcleaner tool, as does CCleaner although I haven't tested them as thoroughly.  CCleaner has a fantastic reputation so that's probably going to be my #2.

Monday, April 27, 2009

On hold?

It seems both PortableApps and PortableFreeware are both on vacation for the most part so I don't have much to develop.  I did a lot of support work for two clients using the Kitchen Sink and learned a few tricks that I'll probably post.

Whatever happens, the next release on the 3-month schedule is the end of May, '09.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Windows 2000 testing

Got Windows 2000 working so future releases will be tested on 3 operating systems: WinXP, 2K, and Mac OS X via Crossover.  Considering using ReactOS as well.

Still need a Windows XP 64 bit and Vista tester but until I get a lot of requests from 64-bit users, its whatever.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Legal stuff

Updated the disclaimer to hopefully be better and more complete. I am not a lawyer, I just drew this from other disclaimers.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Freeware Reviews

A portable freeware reviews site appropriately named portablefreewarereviews.blogspot.com has been created since that's effectively what I'm doing with the Kitchen Sink Collection. This is in an effort to improve upon the comments section of portablefreeware, which can get a little directionless and unconnected.

This wasn't integrated into this site because the purpose of this site is just to let people know what's happening with the development of my archive. Quite a few more people are interested in portable freeware generally than are interested in my huge archive of it.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

March 30, '09 updates

  • Added Core Temp
  • Added Kitty instead of PuTTy
  • Added Artweaver, which I decided I really like
  • Added a CD recovery program and created a Data Recovery subfolder
  • Moved ZipRepair, which for some reason was under the Sysinfo/Testing folder

XnView shortcuts

Been slowly making the transition over to XnView and annoyed at how the controls aren't obvious and aren't very laptop keyboard friendly.  This is annoying but the benefits so far outweigh the problems.  Here's the rundown on view mode navigation (what I have set as default):
  • First File - Home
  • Last File - End
  • Next File - PageDown
  • Next Page - Shift+PageDown
  • Previous File - PageUp
  • Previous Page - Shift+PageUp
  • Zoom in (make larger) - + (plus)
  • Zoom out (make smaller) - "-" (minus)
  • Zoom to original size * (asterisk)
  • Zoom lock (for next image) - Ctrl+/
  • Fit image to window, all - / (slash)
  • Fit image to window width -Numpad 1
  • Fit window to image - Ctrl+T
  • Fit image to window height - Numpad 3