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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.

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

General Computer Maintenance Tip’s

The following is a list of twelve simple steps for general computer maintenance. By following these steps you increase the chances that you can avoid some of the most common problems that are brought to our attention.

Carry your laptop in a protective case or bag, free from any potentially harmful substances.

  • Computers should be carried in a bag with lots of padding and protection.
  • Alternatively, you can purchase a “laptop sleeve” to protect your computer. Models with padding inside and a hard shell are preferred.
  • Don’t place food, drink, or other potentially hardful substances nearby or in a bag with your computer, as liquid spills on laptops are all too common and often come with a heavy price tag.
  • Be sure to include accident protection in your warranty, if you are concerned about accidental damage or spills.

Always power down your laptop before moving it around, and at night.

  • The hard drive, where your data is stored is a series of spinning discs with a read/write head (analogous to a record player). Thus, transporting or moving your laptop while powered on can cause corruption to the hard drive (analogous to a record scratch).
  • To avoid long boot-up times, you can also put your computer into Sleep, Standby, or Hibernate modes.
  • Shutting down your computer (or putting it into Sleep or Hibernate) will also extend the life of the hardware.

Take care with the screen and keyboard.

  • The laptop’s compact design means sensitive components must be stored directly below the keyboard.
  • Avoid slamming or punching down on keys with excessive force, as this may damage the components underneath.
  • The LCD screen is also sensitive, so avoid poking the screen too hard or placing heavy objects on top of your laptop.

Keep the laptop on a flat surface when in use and avoid blocking air vents.

  • Blocking air vents will cause the computer to operate above the normal operating temperature range, which over time will decrease the lifespan of your computer.
  • Avoid using your computer in a particularly dusty area.
  • Consider purchasing a compressed “air” canister and blowing out the dust from the vents, or request help from Phuket Hosting.

Back up your data regularly and backup important files to multiple locations.

  • Hard drive failure is difficult to predict and may even occur within the first few months of computer ownership
  • Develop a strategy for backing up your data regularly, suggestions are available in the FAQ on Backing Up.

Keep your email healthy by keeping your inbox small.

  • Often webmail is slow because your inbox is too large, making loading times of your inbox very slow.
  • If you inbox becomes too large (greater than 500MB or so), it may become corrupted and you could lose emails or miss incoming messages.
  • To check the size of your email folders, go to webmail interface.
  • Consider setting up an email client program and using it regularly instead of Webmail.
  • You can also download your email whole folders at a time using webmail

Install a Antivirus Solution, keep it updated, and perform scans regularly.

  • Be sure to install a Antivirus Solution. Your computer may come with a free trial of a antivirus, but we strongly encourages uninstalling the trial version provided and installing a full Antivirus Solution (Most of them are free for private use).
  • Keep the software updated by setting your Antivirus Solution to check daily for updates.

Set strong passwords.

  • Be sure to set a strong password for your username, using numbers, letters, and capitals.
  • In Windows XP, be sure to set a strong password for the Administrator account too.

Delete unwanted programs and files, and avoid installing lots of ‘extras’.

  • In Windows, There are many flashy programs that run in the background of your computer (usually showing up as little icons in the task bar, e.g. WeatherBug). Use ‘Add/Remove programs’ in Control Panel to remove these programs or any others not in use.
  • In OS X, be sure to remove unwanted programs from your ‘Applications’ folder.
  • Empty your Recycling Bin or Trash.
  • Delete old files from your desktop or documents folders.
  • Remove any excess user accounts that may be taking up space.

Update Windows/OS X regularly.

  • To have the best patches and security updates available, be sure to regularly update your computer.
  • Instructions forWindows Updates and Mac OS X Software Updates are located in the FAQs.

Avoid P2P software.

  • P2P programs often come bundled with adware or spyware.
  • P2P downloads can sometime be bogus files and may contain viruses.

Keep track of your software CD/DVDs and license keys.

  • Never discard the Windows, Office, or other discs that come with your computer, these can be invaluable in getting your computer running fast.
  • Keep all official documents, receipts, and license keys for your software, which are needed if the software must be reinstalled.