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On how many computers can I legaly install and activate one MS Office 2010 suite?

Since the new Microsoft Office 2010 is on the market, we always get this questions from customers.

On how many computers can I legally  install and activate a license of my Microsoft Office 2010 version?

Well, to find that out, you need to read all the Microsoft Software License Terms and you need to understand them too.

Here a short and understandable version from a license specialist:

How many licenses /installations do Office Product Key Cards allow (this is what you buy, when you have a preinstalled MS Office on your new computer)?

Every Product Key Card will allow one user to activate one Office 2010 suite on one preloaded PC.

How many licenses /installations are allowed with the traditional Office discs version?

The number of installations is different, depending on the Office suite which was purchased. The disc version of Office Home and Student 2010 allows a user to install one copy of the software on up to three PCs in a single household for non-commercial use.

Office Home and Student 2010 cannot be used for any commercial, non-profit or revenue generating activity or by any governmental organization.

The disc version of Office Home and Business 2010 and Office Professional 2010 allows one user to install one copy on one PC and a second copy on his portable device like a laptop.

Here the link to the official reference from Microsoft:  http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/buy/office-product-key-card-frequently-asked-questions-HA101847520.aspx

If you have any more questions regarding licensing, contact Phuket Hosting and we will help you to find the right product for you.

How to customize and organize the Windows 7 Libraries

One of the most helpful features of Windows 7 are the libraries, but it is not that easy to organize them proper from the beginning on.

A very helpful How To to organize and customize your Win 7 libraries you can find here on that Geeks web site.

If you like to handle your folders all by yourself and don’t want to use the library functionality, you can simply disable the Windows 7 library function.

If you need professional help with your system or web site, please do not hesitate to contact Phuket Hosting or Lemonsurf Co. Ltd. to make an appointment with one of our professionals to assist you in all your computer, network, web site and hosting needs.

Get back your old “Show Desktop” button from Win XP into Win 7

To show or preview the desktop in Windows 7, you need to click or hover on the little bar on the right side of your task bar (that one beside the clock and date).

To get back your old fashion “Show Desktop” button, is not that magic….

Just follow the instructions of this Blog  and you have your old “Show Desktop’ button back.

If you need professional help with your system or web site, please do not hesitate to contact Phuket Hosting or Lemonsurf Co. Ltd. to make an appointment with one of our professionals to assist you in all your computer, network, web site and hosting needs.

How to convert PDF to Word

The format of Microsoft Word documents is universal, but the Adobe Acrobat PDF file format is even more popular. If you need to convert a PDF file to Word, here some ideas how to do it.

The problem with PDF files is that, unless you own Adobe Acrobat Pro, the tool used to make and edit PDF files, it can appear difficult to get a PDF file into Microsoft Word format so that you can edit it and share it with others in an easily editable format.

It is not that difficult, and you should be able to do it for free. There are free desktop applications that will get the job done for you, which is probably the way to go if you need to do a lot of conversions. Otherwise, if you just need one or even an occasional conversion from PDF to Word, you are probably better off with one of the Web sites that specializes in these conversions.

If you convert regularly, one of the things that you probably want to look for is a desktop tool that will do conversions in batches. One of this tools is Smartsoft’s Free PDF to Word converter. Please note that it is a Windows-only solution, and that the free download is a stripped-down version of their paid programs. Regardless, it does a good job of doing basic conversions of the type you want: PDF to MS Word. Downloading and installing this program is exactly like the download and installation process for any other Windows program.

The tool works on all recent Windows versions and will convert PDF files into either Word 2003 or Word 2007 format, either of which can be read by any Word version after the one that you export to. All in all, it is a very useful conversion program. Use is straightforward.

Just select the files you want to convert, select the desired output format, select a folder in which to put the converted documents, and click on the “Convert” command button. Use Your version of word or OpenOffice Writer to open the converted files and edit the content.

Talking about OpenOffice, check out the AddOns at the developers web site… there is a PDF Addon which makes you able just to drag and drop a PDF file on the OpenOffice symbol on the desktop and after a few minutes (depends on the complexity of the PDF document) it will open in OpenOffice Draw where you can edit the PDF file as you want. This PDF import tool is working nearly perfect. When you are finish with your work, just safe the document with a mouse click back in to a PDF document.

For an online service for just the occasional conversion, the place to go is PDFtoWord.com. The site only allows you to convert one file at a time, but you can convert multiple files serially. The site is easy to use. Click on “Choose File” and select a PDF file from your local file system. Then select which kind of file that you want to export, a .doc file or an .rtf file. Then type in your email address so that the converted file can be sent to you and click on the “Convert” button. The converted file will be emailed to you. Another great file conversion site is Zamzar.com, which converts a huge number of file types, including audio and video, to other file types, and of course does PDF to Word conversions.

As always, if you need any more information or solutions, do not hesitate to contact Phuket Hosting.

Need to recover or repair Windows 7 and you don’t have a Windows 7 DVD

Many of you out there bought a new Computer or Laptop with the Windows 7 operating system pre installed.

And usually you do not get any DVD for Windows 7 with it as it is pre-installed on your new machine.

What to do, if you have some , not unusual system problems, and you didn’t made a recovery CD / DVD or your manufacturer didn’t give you a recovery CD / DVD when you bought the machine.

The CD/DVD is the only way to recover a broken installation.

The Windows 7 DVD has a complete “recovery center” that provides you with the option of recovering your system via automated recovery (searches for problems and attempts to fix them automatically), rolling-back to a system restore point, recovering a full PC backup, or accessing a command-line recovery console for advanced recovery purposes.

Thankfully, Microsoft seems to have realized this problem, and have thankfully made a recovery disc for this purpose. It contains the contents of the Windows 7 DVD’s “recovery center,” as we’ve come to refer to it.

It cannot be used to install or reinstall Windows 7, and just serves as a Windows PE interface to recovering your PC.

Technically, one could re-create this installation media with freely-downloadable media from Microsoft (namely the Microsoft WAIK kit, a multi-gigabyte download); but it’s damn-decent of Microsoft to make this available to Windows’ users who might not be capable of creating such a thing on their own. You can make your own copy from Windows 7 Ultimate Edition, but now you have an easier alternative.

The guys from neosmart.net are holding a copy of the Windows 7 recovery disc for download ( 32bit / 64bit )

We hope this gives you the help you were searching for.

If you need any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact Phuket Hosting or Lemonsurf.

High Reliable Web Hosting and Web Site Solutions for everyone on Phuket

Do you search for a high reliable and service oriented hosting company on Phuket?

Do you think about a own web site and you have no idea where to start and how to do it?

Phuket Hosting has a lot of different solutions for you, including the right web hosting, domain register service as well as web site trainings and on demand helping services, that you can focus on what you really want to do online.

Most of the programs you need, to develop a web site, is open source (free available programs) software, and it is no rocket science to keep your web site up and running by yourself and publish any time you want the newest information.

We at Phuket Hosting can give you the right advise to find out what you really need. We are not the cheapest on the market and of course, you will always find something cheaper, but is this always the most reliable, trustable and comfortable solution?

There are huge differences in price and service on the hosting market, we at Phuket Hosting provide you a absolutely headache free hosting solution for every need. It starts with solutions for small private web sites up to professional solutions for businesses with their own server(s).

What is the biggest difference to all other hosting solutions you usually find here on Phuket?

We take care of all technical aspects and background tasks (Managed Hosting Solutions) keep all highly secure and up and running 24/365.

Our e-mail services are famous, not at least as we run the mail services on separate servers, especially configured for high reliable e-mail performance all over the world and not as most of our competitors on the same server as your web site is hosted on. This give you the best performance and security you can ask for.

No hassle anymore with lost user names and passwords, authorization codes, trouble with unprofessional customer services, etc.

We are here on Phuket and we respond right away.

The servers where your web sites are running are located in one of the best computer centers in Germany, connected to the most reliable internet connections you can have and highly adjustable to the location where you need to have the best connectivity.

You need more information about the differences to our competitors, please contact us and we will get in contact with you to discuss your needs.

ADSL connection problem, bad ADSL signal, no phone signal

Do you have a problem with a stable ADSL connection with TOT, TT&T, 3BB or whatever Internet Service Provider in Phuket / Thailand?

Here is what you should check first:

Do you have a proper phone line from outside your house in to the house, than here is usually the bottle neck of the signal?!

Usually you have a signal display in the interface of your ADSL modem which shows you the SNR Margin and the Line Attenuation / Loop Att..

Here is the information what the SNR Margin and the Line Attenuation / Loop Att. should be to work fine.

If the signal is below (for SNR Margine) or above (for the Line Attenuation) you should definitely change first the phone line wiring in to your house and when this is done and there is still a problem, your ISP needs to check the phone line coming to your house!

SNR is Signal to Noise Ratio (aka Noise Margin or Signal to Noise Margin)

Relative strength of the DSL signal to Noise ratio.

6dB is the lowest dB manufactures specify for modem to be able to synch. In some instances interleaving can help raise the noise margin to an acceptable level.

The higher the number the better for this measurement.

6dB or below is bad and will experience no synch or intermittent synch problems
7dB-10dB is fair but does not leave much room for variances in conditions
11dB-20dB is good with no synch problems
20dB-28dB is excellent
29dB or above is outstanding

Loop Att. is Line Attenuation

Measure of how much the signal has degraded between the DSLAM and the modem.

Maximum signal loss recommendation is usually about 60dB. The lower the dB the better for this measurement.

20dB and below is outstanding
20dB-30dB is excellent
30dB-40dB is very good
40dB-50dB is good

50dB-60dB is poor and may experience connectivity issues
60dB or above is bad and will experience connectivity issues

Output Power

How much power modem (upstream) or DSLAM (downstream) is using. Maximum recommended is about 15dB.

The lower the power the better for this measurement.

Click here for the Wikipedia information about the Noise Margin (SNR Margine)

If you still have ADSL / Land line phone problems, just let us know and we will assist you to get the job done.

Caffeine, the new Google search index

Two days ago Google announced the completion of a new web indexing system called Caffeine.
Caffeine provides 50 percent fresher results for web searches than their last index, and it’s the largest collection of web content they have ever offered. Whether it’s a news story, a blog or a forum post, you can now find links to relevant content much sooner after it is published than it was possible ever before.
Some background for those of you who don’t really know how search engines work: when you search Google, you’re not searching the live web. Instead you’re searching Google’s index of the web which, like the list in the back of a book, helps you pinpoint exactly the information you need.
(Here’s a good explanation of how it all works.)