Sometimes I find things with dubious real world value that are so cool I have to share them anyway. This gem I ran in to is called Web on Stick (WOS). It essentially lets you run everything you need for a full-fledged web site off of a USB flash drive.
WOS uses a number of open source software projects, and includes the following in it’s installation:
- Apache 2.x
- MySQL 5.x
- PHP 4.x and 5.x
- PhpMyAdmin (a web-based MySQL administration tool)
- Typo (content management system - optional)
Installation is probably the wrong word to use - it simply copies some files to your USB drive. Nothing is written to your PC. To use it, simply click the start.exe and it fires up Apache and MySQL. Web on Stick indeed.
What would one use this for? It could be handy as a mobile development platform, for showing demos, a portable blog, or for any reason you might want a highly portable web server. Pretty cool.
You can download WOS here.