FingerGear is claiming to be the first computer on a stick, hence the name Computer-On-a-Stick. Not extremely clever but we gotta give it to them for packing an onboard operating system plus office suite on a 256MB USB Flash Drive.
The Computer-On-a-Stick is a bootable USB 2.0 flash drive, with the price of memory these days it confuses me why only 256MB was used, when a 512MB or even 1GB version could be manufactured for not much more money especially considering the price of it.
It boots from any x86 processor-based PC regardless of it’s OS. All the users bookmarks, address book, emails, and office documents are securely stored on the device and can be accessed with the correct password at the time of login.
The Open Office suite is loaded, this is compatible with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook files. Mozilla FireFox browser, PDF Viewer and Creator, data compression utility, and a slew of other applications like Yahoo IM, MSN, AIM, Napster and others.
Two partitions are on the device, a publicly accessible shared drive which can be seen by all Windows, Linux and Macintosh computers, as well as the private partition described above.
FingerGear’s Computer-On-a-Stick is available in White, Blue and Silver for $149.99 for those less technologically inclined, for others you can create your own bootable flash drive using various utilities and methods out there, it just takes a bit of know-how.