How to increase Hard Disk space in your computer

Posted April 12, 2007 by aitecgroup
Categories: Computers

During installation, you may receive a message stating that you do not have enough hard disk space to complete the installation. This article explains how to determine how much disk space you have left and how to increase, or free up, hard disk space.

Determining your hard disk space
Follow these steps to determine how much hard disk space is available on your computer.
1. Double-click My Computer.
2. Click the drive to which you are installing the software.
3. Right-click the drive to which you are installing the software (usually, this is C: drive) and select Properties.
4. On the General tab, note the amount of free space.
5. Keep the Properties dialog open as you read the following information.

It is possible that you need more space to install your software than the minimum system requirements in the product documentation state. A general rule of thumb is you need twice as much space as stated. If you need to increase hard disk space follow the instructions in the Increase your hard disk space section below.
If you are certain you have enough space to install the software on your computer, something else is causing the error. You can click OK to close the Properties dialog

Increase your hard disk space
There are several ways you can increase your hard disk space. The most thorough way is to use the Windows utility Disk Cleanup. Disk Cleanup searches your drive and then walks you through the process of deleting:
• Temporary Internet files
• Downloaded program files (ActiveX controls and Java applets downloaded from the Internet)
• Files in the Recycle Bin
• Files in your Temp folder
• Optional Windows components that you do not use
• Installed programs that you do not use
You can direct Disk Cleanup to delete some or all of the files it identifies.

To use Disk Cleanup:
1. Click Disk Cleanup in the Properties dialog. The Disk Cleanup dialog opens and your drive is scanned.
2. After you drive has been scanned, a dialog for the drive you are scanning opens.
3. On the Disk Cleanup tab, select the items you want to remove from your hard drive. Usually, Downloaded Program Files, Temporary Internet Files, Recycle Bin, and Temporary Files. To view the files that will be deleted, click View Files. If you want to keep a file, create a folder and drag and drop the file you want to keep into it.
4. Click OK to start cleanup.

Optionally, you can clean unused Windows components and installed programs using the More Options tab of the Disk Cleanup dialog. For more information, search the Windows Help by selecting Start > Help or double-clicking My Computer and selecting Help > Help Topics. Search for Disk Cleanup, Windows Components, or Add/Remove Programs.
If you do not want to use Disk Cleanup, you can do any or all of the following items to free up space on your hard drive.

• Empty the Recycle Bin: On your Desktop, right-click the Recycle Bin, and then click Empty Recycle Bin. If you are prompted to confirm that you want to delete the files, click Yes.
• Delete files in your Temp directory: See Clean the Temp Directory.
• Remove Installed Programs: Uninstall programs that you do not use:
1. Click Start > Settings > Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs.
2. Select any programs that you do not used and click Change/Remove.

Note: It may be necessary to restart your computer after uninstalling the programs you do not want. If you are uninstalling more than one program, you can choose not to restart until you have uninstalled all programs.
• Delete temporary Internet files:
1. Click Start > Settings > Control Panel > Internet.
2. On the General tab, click Delete Files.


Farmers enjoying price boom

Posted March 26, 2007 by abasajjabaka
Categories: Uncategorized

Local markets for agricultural products have not been favourable over this weekend and a couple of weeks ago. If it is the season of shortage, prices have also enjoyed their hike, as consumers gnash their teeth in anguish.

Prices of some items such as tomatoes, onions, passion fruits, and greens particularly our Nakati have gone up by about five hundred shillings compared to what they were last week.

But with this remarkable shortage, traders are enjoying the price boom as price tags for most items go up. This situation spells doom for consumers, who should brace up for difficult moments ahead.


From UShs: 3000/- last week, the asking price for a measure (read katasa) of tomatoes is now at Ushs: 5000/-. Says one trader, “The season for tomatoes is coming to an end.”

For passion fruits, ten passions instead of the usual fourteen are going for Ushs: 1000/-, meaning that for every three buys, the trader is making one thousand shillings more.

Although increments like these are expected, the quality of some products such as tomatoes, eggplants, green pepper etc is appalling. Most market products are yielding to the dry spell although the Metrological Department in Entebbe forecasts heavy rains in a couple of weeks.

Another factor influencing prices is the cost of fuel. Transporters have hiked their fares thus leaving farmers with no option but extend the burden to consumers.

With the much needed rains on the horizon, consumers have to wait for a while before the situation stabilises.

A visit to Nakawa Market

Posted February 21, 2007 by Becky Bukosera
Categories: Market Information for development

Nakawa market is one of the major markets in Kampala and one of the biggest suppliers of fresh and dry foodstuffs for the population in and around the city. Other key markets include Owino, Kalerwe, Nakasero and Kisenyi.

Like any other market, Nakawa brings together a cluster of vendors selling vegetables, fresh foods, fruits, cereals, livestock products, poultry, locally made kitchenware, native pottery, used clothes and shoes

This market is a legendary one. It has existed since time immemorial and continues to be one of the major hubs for consumers and businesspeople that source items here cheaply and sell them elsewhere at addition costs.

Nakawa Market
Being one of the most vibrant sources for Kampala residents, anyone would be compelled to know where these agricultural items come from.

The supply chain to these markets is a continuous process. Everyday, truckloads of foodstuffs offload at various terminals of the market but with most intervals experienced during weekends.

Interaction with suppliers reveals a lot. Different parts of Uganda are endowed with different agricultural items.

Matooke (bananas), potatoes (Irish), onions and cabbages are mainly sourced from Kabale, a district bordering Rwanda to the south west of the Uganda. Some Matooke also comes from Masaka district and a bunch costs between Uganda shilling 5000 to 7000 equivalent of US dollars 2.5 to 4 off the lorry.

A sack of Irish Potatoes from Ssingo or Kabale costs between Uganda shillings 35,000 to 40,000 equivalent of US dollars 20 to 23.

Mbarara District is also famous for sweet bananas, Bogoya in the local language. ‘We also used to get it from Mbale but it was very expensive and our customers couldn’t afford it,’ Nalongo, who owns a sweet banana stall reveals.

The eastern region is cradle to sweet potatoes, cassava, rice, chickens, turkeys, watermelon and beans. “Sweet potatoes also come from Kayunga but the yellow ones are from Soroti,” Faizal, a sweet potato trader says. Kayunga district is famous for Pineapples, tomatoes and pumpkins.

Matooke seller
A sack from Iganga is of high quality and goes for not less than Uganda shillings 70, 000 equivalent of US Dollars 40 off the lorry.

Mbale and Tororo districts are key onion producers. Cereals are mostly sourced from Soroti and Lira districts where they are cheaper compared to other parts of the country.

Nakawa market, strategically located along the eastern route has several sources of supplies. Most stock like for other markets in Kampala, comes from Kabale, Mbarara, Iganga, Kayunga, Masaka, and Soroti among others.

This initiative is supported by Bellanet Africa and its development associates

My week in the field

Posted February 10, 2007 by Becky Bukosera
Categories: Market Information for development

This week gets to a better start. I visit Nakawa, Nakasero, Owino and Kalerwe markets, to collect prices for essential agricultural produce.

By 6:30am, I’m already part of the crowd in Nakawa Market, interacting with suppliers, buyers and sellers. I see different trucks full of Matooke, sweet potatoes, Irish potatoes, raw maize etc. Buyers crowd around the trucks to pay and offload their purchases.

As the day unfolds, more people come to the market, creating high demand for the produce and eventually causing prices to increase. Prices here are somehow elastic, as they can change any time depending on the time of the day. But of course like in any other market demand and supply are the key determinants of these prices.

There is plenty of supply of fresh commodities here save for cassava. The reason for this is not known and since everybody seems busy, non of them is willing to volunteer an answer.

The routine here is that buyers from various markets scattered all over Kampala come to big markets early enough to get better prices and better products and resell to their respective markets at a profit.

Fresh vegetables
Cereals, beans, G. Nuts, Maize seeds etc are also in plenty. Prices of these items are somehow prohibitive because their season has past. Save for the G. Nuts and Cow peas, prices of other dry foods are below one USD at retail but could possibly be much lower at wholesale. Unlike international markets Uganda offers good prices for produce.

In Nakasero market the story is different. Prices are higher than anywhere else in Kampala. This market is located in the central business district of the city but also serves a unique category of consumers such as big hotels and tourists. Although different people have different reasons for the soaring prices here, in totality the answers reside in there. A one Elvis, a watermelon seller believes that Nakasero offers well selected and high quality produce from farmers compared to other markets.

Mrs. Mubiru who owns a fruit stall simply believes that the nature of customers coming to this market; especially tourists from Europe, Asia and other foreigners are the reason for the high prices.

Asians are common guests here. I see many buying spices such as parsley, durria, okra, celery and so many others. Hotels and restaurants are major customers here when it comes to Indian and Chinese spices.

Although most items here are local and therefore Uganda grown, apples, citrus, strawberries and dates are not. The latter are sourced from Kenya, Egypt and as far as Saudi Arabia.

I notice that prices for beef, kidney, liver and chickens are somehow uniform in all the four major markets in Kampala. If there is a shortage of supply of cows, all the markets are paralysed. Western Uganda is the chief supplier of beef and Eastern Uganda is known for supplying chickens and Turkeys.

Another market I visit is Owino. Situated downtown Kampala, this market is constantly full. Commodities here are sold cheaply compared to Nakawa and Nakasero although Owino spurs with Kalerwe in terms of good prices.

Prices for beans and maize in Owino are usually reasonable. But this week prices have soared as a result of schools reopening.

Kalerwe market is my last destination for the day. Prices here are also reasonable but the traffic congestion and lack of parking makes customers opt out. This market is also well stuffed.

All the major markets in Kampala benefit from fresh supply of commodities from Masaka, Kabale, Mbarara, Masindi and Eastern Uganda. This week, beef shortages are most likely as a result of quarantine due to an outbreak of foot and mouth disease in Western Uganda.

This initiative is supported by Bellanet Africa and its development associates