Several web apps, such as Virgin Broadband activation, require you to have a “Windows or Mac” computer. Most of them only check the useragent string that your browser sends them so you can do the following to fool them:
1. Open firefox and type about:config in the address bar.
2. Type in general.useragent.extra.firefox in the filter bar.
3. Change the value of string above to Mozilla/4.0 (compatible: MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 6.0).
4. Restart Firefox.
It worked to get Virgin Broadband activation web app going on my Ubuntu netbook and it’s a good trick to try whenever a web app tells you you need a different OS.
Choosing a web hosting package can be a bit of a headache so here’s a bunch of criteria to consider when making your decision: the location, Windows or Linux, shared or dedicated, free web host, blogging platform, and research.
Many Europeans are tempted to get a web host in the USA where you can get some pretty good deals but as someone who’s had web hosting both abroad and in my own country, I can advise you to go with a web host located in your country. The customer experience you’ll get is much better, especially as their working hours will be daytime for you so you can raise an issue in the morning and have it solved within a few hours, instead of waiting for them to get in the office.
Linux or Windows?