Migo- take your entire computing environment with you

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Migo syncIn response to the news item about IBM’s new SoulPad jkOnTheRun reader has pointed me to a program that allows you to do basically the same thing, if not quite as full-featured as the IBM offering sounds like it might be.  Migo is a program that can be installed on either an iPod or any USB device (as long as it appears as a drive in Windows XP) and sync all your documents and settings from your computing environment to the USB device.  This device can then be taken to any computer, connected, and run your main applications for email and web surfing totally off the USB device.  The guest session leaves no information behind on the borrowed computer and you can even use MS Office documents if the guest computer has Office installed.  Migo comes in four versions, two for iPods only and two for any USB device, each of those in Basic and Pro versions.  I have expressed an interest to the PowerHouse Technologies Group in possible reviewing Migo so if that happens I will post an in-depth review here on jkOnTheRun.  Migo looks pretty complete and might be just what road warriors are looking for.  Migo is available in software form and they also sell a USB flash drive and a USB watch with Migo preinstalled.

Specs:

Supported Operating System Windows 2000, XP, Server 2003
Supported Email Client Outlook 2000, 2002, 2003
Exchange 2002, 2003
Supported Email Protocols Exchange, POP/SMTP
Supported Internet Browser Internet Explorer 5.0 or later
Supported USB Drives Migo Software can be installed onto a wide range of portable devices that can store Windows documents, including flash drives, memory cards, and many mp3 players (including click-wheel iPods.)

(via Stu Kim)

19 Comments

TK

Oh and while I have been using MIGO, my emails with outlook sync well without hiccups so far, as long as I have a computer with outlook installed! But each time i would need to configure the account settings though.

TK

I have been using the MIGO during the trial period, and would be trying the dmailersync once the 30 day trial is over.
What i have noticed so far and am a little perturbed about, is quite similar to what Scott has mentioned.
Perhaps it may have better functionality with outlook installed on the PC, but i do find that it is rather unsecured as i could not password protect it as some of the computers that i wish to work on, I do not have administrator privs.
I’m looking forward to hear more from other users too!

Scott

Oh, one other thing: DmailerSync encrypts all of your data on the USB drive using AES 128-bit encryption (not the strongest, but better than nothing). According to their web site, Migo does not encrypt the data on the USB drive (“Currently data is not encrypted on the Migo device as it protects the data with the password only.”). In addition, if you password protect your Migo data you will only be able to use Migo on host PCs with administrator privileges. I wonder how many of those you’ll find at “a cyber café, copy center, or on a colleagues or client’s machine”…?

Scott

Oops, I hit “post” instead of “preview” in my comment above. I wasn’t done with my comments, so I’ll continue…

As TK mentioned, DmailerSync has built-in email capability, so you don’t need Outlook (or any other email application) to be installed on the second PC to be able to send email. With Migo, you cannot send email if Outlook is not installed on the second PC.

As I mentioned above, I only looked at Migo for a few minutes. I couldn’t figure out how to “get it to work” and nothing seemed to happen “automatically,” as I would have expected, on the second PC when I logged in. Maybe there’s something wrong with my installation (I did get a warning, after all) or maybe I’m just missing something obvious. At any rate, my short jaunt with Migo wasn’t that great. I’ll give it another look when I have a bit more time to really fiddle with it. In the meantime, DmailerSync is my preference.

I’m anxious to hear what kind of experiences others have with Migo.

Scott

“Seems like Dmailer has some ups compared to MIGO where you don’t need to have Outlook installed on the computer that you are working on, unlike the MIGO. Scott do you have a preference?”

I’ve only played around with Migo a short while. I found it confusing and a bit unintuitive, at first, so I set it aside to look at in depth later. I looked through the documentation that comes with the installation of Migo, but it didn’t help me out with a few issues I had (such as using Outlook email). I was also a bit put off by a warning I got upon starting Migo on the second PC that told me my Sandisk Cruzed 256 MB flash drive was not a “supported device” and I might experience problems (I also noticed that the trial download for USB devices comes from “www.migoforipod.com,” so maybe they haven’t removed all of the iPod hooks from the generic USB version, yet).

Maybe it’s because I’m used to DmailerSync, which just starts up and works right from the program interface — everything is done from within DmailerSync unless you open up a document or URL that requires an external program to use (e.g., Word, Excel, IE). With Migo, at first when you “login” it’s not clear what exactly you are looking at — especially if the desktop on the second PC is similar looking to the desktop on your main PC. Then, you realize that the desktop you are now staring at is the same one from your main machine (the shortcuts to applications don’t really work, of course, if the applications aren’t on the other machine).

From that point, it wasn’t obvious to me how I access and use the data I had synced to Migo from my “main” PC. With DmailerSync, you click on icons on the left side of the window (Emails, Contacts, Tasks, Calendar, Notes, My Documents, etc.) and can see your email, documents, files, or IE favorites in a window on the right — sort of like being in Outlook. With Migo, I didn’t know where my synced data was. Except for the documents I had saved to the desktop, I couldn’t figure out how to use Migo to access all of the other stuff I had synced from my main PC’s My Documents folder (I could, of course, use Windows Explorer, go to the USB drive and hunt for my files that way, but that defeats the purpose of using Migo, I would think). The same thing for Outlook: I knew from looking around in the folders on the USB drive that there was a Migo.pst file, however, when I opened Outlook on the second PC there was no sign of Migo or the Migo.pst file in Outlook. It wasn’t clear to me whether or not I was supposed to manually find the Migo.pst file and open it up, or whether Migo was supposed to do this automatically (the latter is what I would have assumed is supposed to happen).

TK

At Scott’s suggestion I’m looking at Dmailer too. Seems like Dmailer has some ups compared to MIGO where you don’t need to have Outlook installed on the computer that you are working on, unlike the MIGO. Scott do you have a preference? JK if you have the time perhaps a comparison by you would be great, as your experience in reviewing such products to work on the go is invaluable, and would have more insight on these products!

jk

Larry, I have seen that article and in fact I have written about those techniques in the past. The problem I have using those is the need to switch away from Outlook, which I just can’t do. The thought of running Outlook on any computer makes me smile. :)

Stu Kim

I have an iPod Photo 40GB and Migo works fine – iTunes is not installed on my work computer. One hint: the Migo software works on myiPod Shuffle as well so you don’t have to buy the more expensive one.

Bruce

Great James! I look forward to your review. BTW, I’m delighted to see that your blog has become one of the best on the web. You’ve been doing great work that is much appreciated by thousands, including the many who are normally silent about it (like me).

Take care!

TK

I’m looking forward to this review! Only downside that i see so far is that you need admin rights if you want to password protect it. Not every comp may have admin rights, my own working profile is not administrator. One thing to try is to see if the software would allow for outlook’s pst password protection. I know I’m extremely paranoid, cuz I password protect my pst file and each time i fire up outlook, i need to enter a password to access. Perhaps I can try it out with the trial version! Looking forward to the review!

Bruce

Neat! I’d like to install on my iPod but I’m wondering if my Work computer would then recognize the iPod (I don’t think it does recognize it at present, because the Work computer doesn’t have iTunes installed … but I haven’t tried). Anyone know?

Michael Parekh

have gotten an earlier version of this…works well, though I wish it would support firefox automatically out of the box as well.

Scott

Hmmm, interesting. I ended up buying a product called DmailerSync (from Dmailer.com), which does essentially the same thing — only it’s not quite as nice looking. I bought DmailerSync because it was “USB agnostic.” Until recently, Migo was only available pre-installed on a USB drive at prices starting at $99 (DmailerSync is $30). At $40, the Migo software now seems like a good buy. I’ll be giving the 30-day free trial a whirl, too.

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