Should I switch from Windows to Linux?

If you have heard about Linux you’ve probably heard that it is free, quicker than Windows, more secure than Windows, immune to viruses and very complicated. And details aside, those rumours are fairly accurate. One problem with Linux is the question: “What do you mean by Linux?” -  because you won’t be downloading “Linux”. You’ll be downloading one of the myriad of distributions: Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, Mint, Kubuntu, Redhat and so on. They are all “linux” but with various changes to the GUI, packages included and have  more fundamental differences too. This is very confusing for most people and understandably so. Assuming you’ve settled on a distribution (and by the way I’d recommend Ubuntu or Mint) you might be wondering about which application programs you will be able to run on it. And the good news here...

Detecting Fake USB Sticks (Flash Drives, Thumb Drives, Memory Sticks)

Like many relatively cheap high-tech items, the number of counterfeited, faked and hacked USB Sticks is enormously high. If you buy a flash drive from eBay and any number of budget internet shops (including some Amazon zShops), and it seems like a very good deal, then the chances are you might well have bought a fake.    

What do you mean by “fake”?

The two main areas of concern are: 1. Counterfeit sticks – where you pay for a well known brand but actually get a cheap knock-off. The reason the brand (eg. Sony, Kingston, Sandisk etc) charge that bit more is that their brand represents quality. If you don’t get that quality you are being ripped off. 2. Fake / hacked sticks – you buy a 16GB flash drive but it isn’t really 16GB. You cannot tell by looking...