The Big Bang Theory is regarded as one of those TV shows that has made geeks just a little bit cooler than they already were. We know this at RadioShack, and we also know how important it is for toys to be multifunctional. That’s why we’ve just launched The Big Bang Theory USB drives at your local RadioShack store. Now you can have Leonard, Sheldon, or Howard in your pocket or backpack, keeping you happy and storing your files at the same time.
We also know that USB drives aren’t just good for storing a few episodes of your favorite show – there’s a host of much more nerdy things that you could do with these drives. It might also justify needing to have the whole bunch, instead of having to make that painful decision of which character is the coolest.
Here are the top 5 nerdy uses for The Big Bang Theory USB drives, which are available EXCLUSIVELY at RadioShack for a limited time.
1. Boot to Linux
That’s right – The Big Bang Theory USB drives are 8GB, which is plenty of room to store a Linux installation or three. This is not only a great, safe way to check out Linux for the first time, but it’s also handy if your laptop is giving you a BSOD. Booting into a different OS from a thumb drive can give you access to your computer’s hard drive unencumbered, so you can retrieve important files safely. If you’re new to Linux, LifeHacker has put together a list of the top contenders.
2. Run portable apps
If you haven’t discovered PortableApps.com, now you have. You’re welcome. This is a great resource if you just need an app quickly and don’t want to install it on your actual computer. It’s also handy if you use public computers at the library or school, and want to use your own browser and other apps. You can either install the PortableApps.com launcher on your USB stick, or you can just ‘install’ the various apps to a folder on your thumbdrive. This solution will also store all of your preferences and private data on the USB stick, and not on the computer you’re using, for extra security.
3. Give your drive a custom icon
This may not save you any time or protect your data, but it’s pretty cool, nonetheless. Here’s the full instructions, but basically, you’re putting an .ico file in the root of your drive for your computer to see. We recommend using ConvertIcon to make an icon out of your favorite The Big Bang Theory character, naturally.
4. Lock/Unlock your computer
If you’re really security-conscious, and don’t want anyone to have access to your computer, you can use an app like Predator to turn your USB drive into a key for your computer. Just plug your USB stick into the computer to unlock it and begin working, and then remove it to lock the computer.
5. Emergency Cleanup Kit
While we all try to be safe on the Internet, the fact is, things happen. You get a virus, or you accidentally click through the installation wizard too quickly and now you’ve got a bunch of spyware/adware. Some of these apps can be downright impossible to remove, with deep claws into your computer’s hard drive. Having some removal tools stored on a USB stick can make it easier. You should definitely have an antivirus tool, like Avira Free Antivirus 2013 (Free), as well as a spyware/adware removal tool such as Spybot Search & Destroy or Ad-Aware SE (both Free). Worst case scenario, you’ve got to wipe the hard drive and start over – that’s where Eraser could come in handy.
Bonus: If you just want to use your The Big Bang Theory USB drive to store files, at least use something like Microsoft SyncToy (Free) to make it easier.
These are all great uses for The Big Bang Theory USB thumbdrives, which are now available EXCLUSIVELY at RadioShack for a limited time.
Leave a comment below and tell us what other characters YOU would want as a USB thumb drive!
Twelve lucky commenters will receive a The Big Bang Theory prize pack, which includes a number of goodies, as well as a The Big Bang Theory USB drive of your own!
WE DO HAVE A FEW RULES/GUIDELINES:
One entry per person. Contest begins at 11:00 am CST on August 9, 2013 and ends at 1:59 pm CST on August 18, 2013. Winners will be chosen randomly and announced after 2:00 pm CST on August 23, 2013 and will be contacted via email. Prize will be shipped 2-3 weeks after the winners have been selected.
No payment or purchase necessary to win. Neither a purchase nor payment will improve your chances of winning. While you’re pretty cool in our book, you are not a winner of this contest yet. Void where prohibited. Must be a resident of the 50 United States to win. Employees of RadioShack Corporation are encouraged to participate but are not eligible to win.
UPDATE: Congrats to PB, Brian, Seth, Izzy, Peggy, Laura, Jarian, Jack, Jac, Cindy, Mike, and Liz! Check your email inboxes for details on how to claim your prize.