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Ailurus an application which aims to make Linux easier to use

Ubuntu is a easy and powerful alternative open source operating system.

To make it even easier to use it, there is Ailurus a powerful tool to learn Linux skills, install some software, enable some good third-party repositories and change some desktop (GNOME) settings.

Ailurus is a system enhancement application. It helps to install software which is outside official repository. It helps to add/remove third party repositories, and to change system settings.

If you just installed Ubuntu, you can quickly install the language support, install and change the input method, multi-media codec and Adobe Flash. Just launch Ailurus, then click “Quick setup” menu -> “Quick setup”.

You can install Ailurus by these commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ailurus
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ailurus

Or simply follow this instructions on

http://www.ubuntugeek.com/how-to-install-ailurus-10-01-in-ubuntu-kubuntu-xubuntu.html

or http://code.google.com/p/ailurus/

If you need consulting regarding Microsoft alternative software like Linux (Ubuntu, Red Hat etc.) feel free to contact us

Windows 7 / Problem Steps Recorder

This feature is interesting for our clients, running Windows 7, with computer problems.

Problem Steps Recorder can record, step by step, what a user is trying to do. It then generates an HTML slideshow of a user’s actions with descriptions of what took place.

This file can then be sent directly to our help desk for viewing.

To try out Problem Steps Recorder, click on the Windows 7 Start button and type in “PSR” in the search field.

How to use Thunderbird 3 as a Communication Center

You want to us Thunderbird 3 for more than for e-mails? Then read this tip….

As TB3 has the new Tab Function built in, you can use this tabs to add web sites like Facebook, Twitter, Google Wave etc. to it.

Click in TB3 on the menu bar Tools –> Error Console and than copy the code from below in the command line…

don’t forget to replace <URL> in the code line with the address you want to see in the new TAB ( f.e.: https://www.facebook.com )

NOTE: Code needs to be insert in one line!

Components.classes[‘@mozilla.org/appshell/window-mediator;1’].
getService(Components.interfaces.nsIWindowMediator).getMostRecentWindow(“mail:3pane”).
document.getElementById(“tabmail”).openTab(“contentTab”,{contentPage: “<URL>“});

iPhone don’t synchronise with Microsoft Outlook 2007 Calendar

The iPhone was not syncing properly with  Microsoft Outlook 2007 calendar. 

The solution and description to this error is set out below:

To fix this issue you can simply “Reset Sync History” in iTunes.

Don’t worry! This does not delete any data on either Outlook or the iPhone.

It merely, delete’s previous sync history and starts from scratch.

  1. Open iTunes….
  2. Click on “Edit” and “Preferences”
  3. Select the “Devices” tab and click on the button “Reset Sync History”
  4. Allow the new sync to complete.

How to start Outlook in safe mode

You can start Outlook in safe mode with

hold the CTRL key while clicking on the Outlook icon or

click on Start -> Run and type in outlook /safe

How To Format Your Mac Hard Drive

You want to do a clean system install of Mac OS X on your shiny new Mac?

Or perhaps you just need a larger drive to hold all the movies you’re been downloading?

No matter what the reason, before you can use a blank hard drive, you’ll need to format it first.

Luckily, formatting a drive is easy, but you do need to make some decisions ahead of time based on how you plan to use the drive. For example will your drive be used only in a Mac? Or if your drive is going to be used for storage, will you need to connect from Windows? Mac? Both?

Be aware that formatting your drive will erase **ALL** your existing data. Make sure you’ve backed up any existing files on the drive before you format!

  • BACK UP

    Remember, formatting a drive erases all the data on your Mac, so make sure you back up all your files before you begin!

  • USING THE DISK UTILIY IN MAC OS X

    To format an external or an extra internal hard drive on your Mac, just attach (or install) the drive and open the application “Disk Utility”.

    It’s in your Applications > Utilities folder. Select your new hard drive in the menu on the left, then choose the Erase tab in the main window.

    Now select a drive format. If you’re using the hard drive exclusively with Mac OS X, we recommend Mac OS Extended (Journaled). If you’ll be accessing the drive from Windows as well, select FAT32.

    Once you’ve selected a format, click the erase button and wait a few minutes for the drive to finish formatting.

  • USING THE INSTALLATION DVD OF MAC OS X

    If you’d like to format the system hard drive inside your Mac, the procedure is the same, but you’ll need to boot your Mac from an OS X install DVD or another Mac.

    If you’re using the install DVD, before you start the install process head to the menu bar and select the Disk Utility application. Once Disk Utility opens the process is the same as explained above, but be sure to choose Mac OS Extended (Journaled), which is the recommended drive format for OS X.

Google Public DNS Service

As we reported already about the alternative OpenDNS solution, here a brand new service from Google. Google Public DNS Service.

Those of you experiencing DNS issues or have trouble using OpenDNS, give these a try:

Primary DNS: 8.8.8.8
Secondary DNS: 8.8.4.4

The DNS protocol is an important part of the web’s infrastructure, serving as the Internet’s “phone book”. Every time you visit a website, your computer performs a DNS lookup. Complex pages often require multiple DNS lookups before they complete loading. As a result, the average Internet user performs hundreds of DNS lookups each day, that collectively can slow down his or her browsing experience.

All detail informations about the DNS service you will find here.

Confused Which Free Public DNS To Use, Here Is How To Benchmark The Fastest DNS Server From Your Location

If you are looking for a professional grade hardcore DNS speed benchmarking tool, multi-platform, open-source utility namebench would be the answer, capable of utilizing your web browser history, tcpdump output, or standardized datasets to benchmark DNS server speeds namebench provide well laid-out, easy to understand individualized recommendation.

However, if you are looking for something fast and noob-friendly free windows-only utility DNS Tester gets the job done but you will need to manually evaluate and compare the results.

Another free alternative would be DNSBench for fast, easy and comprehensive DNS Benchmarking on windows.

How to setup a Windows 7 Homegroup

Windows 7 provides a new and exciting feature called Homegroup. This improvement allows users a unique way to network other computers running Windows 7 in a home or workplace situation.

Under Windows 7 you can forget about setting up a conventional network system as Windows 7 Homegroup is simpler and easier to set up. This new feature works with all computers running Windows 7.

What is Windows 7  Homegroup?

Homegroup allows you to connect wireless to other computers allowing you to share documents, photos, music and other files as well as your printer. As the initiator of Homegroup you can ensure the security of your files by making them read-only. However, you also have the option of allowing other members of your Homegroup to modify your files.

How to setup a Windows 7  Homegroup?

To create a Windows 7 Homegroup you need two or more computers running Windows 7.

The Desktop computer takes the first step in setting up a Homegroup. This involves deciding whether to share library files and printers and then generating a Homegroup password so other user(s) can join the Homegroup network.

The Desktop Computer

  1. Click the Start button or press the Windows key.
  2. When the Start Menu opens, select Control Panel.
  3. When the Control Panel window opens, in the section labelled Network and Internet, Choose “Homegroup and Sharing Options.”
  4. The Homegroup window opens, click the button labelled, Create a Homegroup.
  5. The “Create a Homegroup” window opens, displaying the features you can share – Pictures, Documents, Music, Printers and Videos.
  6. Check the boxes for those items you wish to share.
  7. Click the Next button.
  8. Next, Windows 7 generates a password to allow other computer user(s) to join the Homegroup.
  9. Click Print password and instructions.
  10. Give the Password information sheet to the other computer user(s).
  11. Click the Finish button.

Note: Your part is now over. The other computer user(s) now has to register their computer to join the Homegroup.

On the Laptop / Notebook / Netbook

To successfully connect to a Homegroup, the other computer(s) must be running Windows 7. You will need a copy of the Password information sheet containing the password.

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. When the Start Menu opens, Homegroup.
  3. The Change Homegroup settings window opens indicating that another computer is on the Homegroup network. It also shows that there are shared Libraries and Printers.
  4. Click the Join now button.
    Note: If you don’t see the Join now button, there might not be a Homegroup available. Make sure that someone has created a Homegroup first or you can choose to create a Homegroup yourself.
  5. The Join a Homegroup window opens. You need the Homegroup Password to join.
  6. Type in the Homegroup Password.
  7. Click the Next button
  8. Windows 7 informs you that you have joined the Homegroup.
  9. Click the Finish buttonYou are now ready to utilize Homegroup across two computers, the Desktop computer and the Laptop computer.Accessing your HomeGroup

    With both computers switched on, you can now access each other’s HomeGroup libraries.

  10. Click the Start menu.
  11. Select Homegroup.
  12. The Homegroup window opens.
  13. Click Homegroup.
  14. Homegroup expands telling you the laptop is registered.
  15. To see what libraries within the Homegroup network, click on the arrow button on the left.
  16. Homegroup displays the registered Libraries.
  17. To see what’s in a Library, such as Documents, click Documents. Its contents appear in the right window.
  18. On the other computer’s Homegroup you can now access the Libraries.
  19. To view the contents, click on the arrow on the left of each Library folder to expand it and display the folders within it.
  20. In the screen picture below the extent of the Document folder is revealed. This was achieved by clicking on its icon.

By now you should have a good idea of the potential of Windows 7 Homegroup and how useful it is in a networking situation providing of course the other computers in your home or workplace are running Windows 7.

Minimize all your open windows quickly in Windows 7

If you have multiple windows open on your desktop and things are getting too cluttered, it used to be a time-consuming process to close them all down.

In Windows 7 you can use the Aero Shake feature to minimise everything in seconds, using a cool mouse gesture.

Grab the title bar of the window you wish to keep open and give it a shake, and rejoice in a clear desktop area.