GOT THAT OLD MOJO WORKING

Mojo is an old African term for a talisman with magic powers. Now it’s digital.

This digital Mojo lets you put any program onto any hard drive, flash or otherwise, and then run that program on any Windows XP computer anywhere you happen to be. Attaching your Mojo-enhanced drive to that PC makes it come up with your own familiar desktop screen and all your familiar programs. Beats lugging your laptop.

We first came across it recently as part of StealthSurfer, a $179 flash drive that lets you surf the Web, well, stealthily. But we can beat the devil out of that price,Stealth Surfer because Mojo is free from MojoPac.com, and we can load it onto any drive. Since the StealthSurfer is a 2GB flash drive, and we can buy 2GB flash drives for $20, we just saved enough for lunch in London.

But, the well-informed among you will argue, StealthSurfer contains other programs that are useful, like Tor, which lets you surf the Web like the proverbial ghost in the machine. No matter what site you visit, it doesn’t know you’ve been there. But that one is free too, from TorProject.org. So let us move on and talk about the import, and importance, of these free programs.

Joy loaded MojoPac onto her iPod. It can be loaded onto any device with its own storage drive, be that a flash drive or a traditional spinning disk hard drive. It needs just 128MB for itself. Joy chose to load it onto her iPod because that has 80GB of storage, enough to hold the Mojo and just about any other program we can think of, even games like Halo or WarCraft.

Start up is this simple: Plug your Mojo-enhanced iPod, flash drive, portable storage, etc. into a Windows XP computer, and from the menu that pops up, choose “Start MojoPac.” You’re on. Everything you installed on that auxiliary drive becomes available: Microsoft Office, MS Expression, Photoshop, Halo, and so on. The only limitation is the size of that drive. Any work you do, files you create, etc., is also saved back to the Mojo drive. You can choose to save it on the Windows computer’s own drive,but if you want to keep it private, remember: What happens in MojoPac, stays in MojoPac.

Our Mojo-enhanced iPod is the only computer device we’ll need when traveling. (Too bad we never go anywhere.)

Another new feature we found in StealthSurfer is Hushmail. Hushmail is a free e-mail service from Hushmail.com that encrypts your e-mail as well as scans it for viruses and filters out spam. The premium version, which comes on StealthSurfer, lets you have unlimited e-mail accounts plus 250MB of storage for $50 a year.

Other useful software found on the StealthSurfer is also available for free. This includes the excellent Web browser Thunderbird from Mozilla.com, and RoboForm from RoboForm.com. This last automatically fills out forms on the Web and remembers and encrypts all your passwords.

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