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In response to the news item about IBM’s new SoulPad a 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 […]

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)

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  1. 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.

  2. Michael Parekh Friday, August 12, 2005

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

  3. Larry Hendrick Friday, August 12, 2005

    James, have you looked at this in PC World this month. http://www.pcworld.com/howto/article/0,aid,121210,00.asp

    It uses free software (Firefox and Thunderbird) and an old thumb drive to accomplish the same.

  4. 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?

  5. Hi Bruce! I’ll get my hands on Migo Monday and will let you know.

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. Thanks a bunch, Bruce!

  9. 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.

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