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Solutions: Tablet may fit your traveling needs

I have a good HP notebook that I use for work and at home. I also have a home in North Carolina. The notebook is getting a little banged up from all the travel. My wife says I should buy a new one and use this one as a backup in case the new one "goes down" for some reason. To do that, however, don't I have to buy brand new copies of all my software programs? I don't think I can just install them (mainly Microsoft products) on the new computer even though I'm a single user, can I? If not, then it becomes a more expensive proposition.

Second question, do you know of a "server" in the clouds my staff and I can use to store and share documents from various locations?

The Windows operating system can only be installed on one PC at a time, but this is not usually an issue since unless you build it yourself, every new PC/laptop comes with Windows installed.

As for your installed programs, it is my understanding that Microsoft Office is installable on multiple devices for one user. The EULA (end user license agreement), that we all just skip over and click "Next" when installing software, should make it clear what the limitations are. I see from your email that you are an attorney, so I'm sure you can navigate the legalese that these contain.

Now, let me propose a different direction: Have you thought about buying a tablet computer such as an iPad? There are free and inexpensive apps such as GoToMyPC, Wyse PocketCloud Pro and Splashtop Remote Desktop, that you can install on an ipad (or other tablets) that will allow you to securely remote control your home PC/laptop from anywhere you have Internet access. Traveling with a tablet is much more convenient then dragging along a laptop through airport security and tight seating accommodations.

As for cloud storage, Amazon Cloud Drive, Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft SkyDrive are just a few among many choices. I use SkyDrive, but most of the people I know use and are happy with Dropbox.

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Solutions: Tablet may fit your traveling needs 11/04/12 [Last modified: Sunday, November 4, 2012 3:30am]
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