Friday, 17 June 2016

How to pay Parking in Nairobi

Here are  steps you need to follow on How to pay Parking in Nairobi Using Mpesa
Motorist can either use the following methods of payment

A. How to pay parking in Nairobi Using USSD dial *217#

1 First time user
  • Dial *217#
  • Signup for an account
  • Top up with Mpesa and Airtel money.
2 Returning users(already registered)
  • Dial *217# and select parking
  • Enter vehicle registration number
  • Select parking duration> Daily
  • Select parking zone
  • Select vehicle type ( private, Lorry, canter, trailer, minibus,Bus)
  • Confirm parking fees and enter pin
  • You will receive SMS Confirmation

B. How to pay parking in Nairobi using Mobile applications (For those who have android phones)

1 First time users
  • Install Nairobi city county app from Google play
  • Launch Nairobi city county App and Signup.
  • Top up with visa,MasterCard,ken switch,Mpesa,Airtel money,Orange money and Yucash.
2 Returning users(already registered)
  • Launch Nairobi city county app and sign in
  • Select daily parking
  • Select parking zone and vehicle type.
  • Enter vehicle registration number
  • Confirm parking fee details.
  • Enter your pin and complete details
  • You will Receive a confirmation SMS.

C. Pay parking in Nairobi using website (Nairobi City County Online portal)

1 First time user
  • Visit
  • Signup for an account name
  • Top up with Visa, MasterCard, Mpesa, Airtel Money, Orange Money or YU Cash
2 Returning users:(already registered)
  • Visit: and sign in
  • Select daily parking
  • Select parking zone and vehicle type
  • Enter vehicle registration number
  • Confirm parking fees details
  • Enter your pin and complete payment
  • You will receive confirmation sms. In addition, when you use the online option, you have the option of printing a ticket.
Kindly Note: *USSD operator charges apply for Safaricom  Airtel Money 


1. Establish a budget. scrutinize your own income to see where you can cut cost. remember “If you don't scale back your spending, you'll dig yourself into a deeper hole,” Bakke warns. 

2. pay off the most expensive debt first.By paying off the balance with the highest interest first, you increase your payment on the credit card with the highest annual percentage rate while continuing to make the minimum payment on the rest of your credit cards,

3.Pay more than the minimum balance.Paying the minimum – usually 2 to 3 percent of the outstanding balance – only prolongs a debt payoff strategy.

4.Take advantage of balance transfers.You’ll need to pay off the debt before the balance transfer expires, or else you’re often hit with a much higher interest rate.If you do it carefully, you can save hundreds on interest this way.

5.Halt your credit card spending.Remove all credit cards from your wallet, and leave them at home when you go shopping.

6.Put work bonuses toward debt. It’s more important to fix your financial situation than own the latest designer bag.

7.Delete credit card information from online stores.If you do a lot of online shopping at one retailer, you may have stored your credit card information on the site to make the checkout process easier. 

8.Sell unwanted gifts and household items.Any profits from sales should go toward your debt. 

9.change your habits.Your daily habits and routines are the reason you got into this mess.

10.You won’t pay down your debt any faster if you view it as a form of punishment. 

How to hard-boil eggs eggs in saucepan large enough to hold them in single layer. ADD cold water to cover eggs by 1 inch. HEAT over high heat just to boiling.

2.REMOVE from burner. COVER pan. LET EGGS STAND in hot water about 12 minutes for large eggs (9 minutes for medium eggs; 15 minutes for extra large).

3.DRAIN immediately and serve warm. OR, cool completely under cold running water or in bowl of ice water, then REFRIGERATE.

Now that you’ve mastered the art of hard-boiled eggs, how do you peel the eggs without making a mess? Very fresh eggs can be difficult to peel. To ensure easily peeled hard-boiled eggs, buy and refrigerate them a week to 10 days in advance of cooking. This brief “breather” allows the eggs time to take in air, which helps separate the membranes from the shell.
Hard-boiled eggs are easiest to peel right after cooling. Cooling causes the egg to contract slightly in the shell.
To peel a hard-boiled egg: Gently tap egg on counter top until shell is finely crackled all over. Roll egg between hands to loosen shell. Starting peeling at large end, holding egg under cold running water to help ease the shell off.
Storage time: In the shell, hard-boiled eggs can be refrigerated safely up to one week. Refrigerate in their original carton to prevent odor absorption. Once peeled, eggs should be eaten that day.

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

How to Use a Blender as a Juicer

Things You'll Need

  • Blender
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Pure water
  • Vegetable brush
  • Cutting board
  • Paring knife
  • Mesh strainer
  • Container with airtight lid

 Juicers automatically separate the juice from the pulp in a pulp bin. By making your juice in a blender, however, you have the choice of drinking your juice pulp-free or retaining some pulp, which adds fiber to your juice, helping to stabilize blood glucose and make you feel full longer.

Step 1

Wash your fruit and vegetables thoroughly, using cold, pure water to decrease the risk of contamination that could cause food-borne illness. Avoid washing produce in detergents. Soaps may leave residues, which are unhealthy to consume. For produce with thicker skins, such as cucumbers, use a vegetable brush to remove all dents

Step 2

Remove any cores, seeds and pits from your produce and cut your fruit and vegetables into 1-inch or smaller pieces, using a cutting board and sharp paring knife. The smaller you cut the pieces, the easier it is to liquefy your produce in the blender

Step 3

Place your food pieces into your blender and add about half a cup of pure water to the blender for every four large pieces of fruit or for every 4 cups of small fruits, such as berries, that you use.

Step 4

Put the lid on the blender. Blend the mixture on the medium setting for several seconds. Stop the blender and put the setting on the high setting. Blend for several seconds on high until the juice is the desired consistency. Add more water as needed, and continue to blend for a few more seconds if necessary.

Step 5

Separate the juice from the pulp by pouring the juice through a mesh strainer or cheesecloth into a container -- if you want pure juice -- and then discard the pulp. Serve your juice immediately or store it in the refrigerator in an airtight container for no longer than 24 hours to minimize loss of nutrients.

How to cook Rice with Rice Cooker

1 cup (240ml) of rice usually serves 2 people.
Rice & Water Ratio
For cooking white rice using an electronic rice cooker, the rice-water ratio is usually 1 part of rice & 1 part of water. Rice:Water=1:1
The ratio may vary a little depending on the brand of rice and your personal preference. Some people like their rice more watery than others.
2 cups rice -> 2 cups water
3 cups rice -> 3 cups water
4 cups rice -> 4 cups water
5 cups rice -> 5 cups water
If you use a pot the ratio is different.
For mixed (multigrain) rice, the ratio is completely different. See cooking multigrain rice using a rice cooker and cooking multigrain rice in a pot.


Ingredient amounts in the recipe instructions are for the default serving size.

Ingredient amounts in the recipe summary are for the default serving size.

1. Wash rice

Wash 1 cup of rice in cold water. Do not rub it too hard or too long as it will lose nutrients. Wash twice in total. Second time, drain the water as much as possible without losing the rice grains.
Wash rice
  • in cold water
  • gently
  • twice
drain completely

2. Add water

Add 1 cup of water. *See tips for water ratio for different amounts.
Add 1 cup of water

3. Cook

Place it in the rice cooker and select white rice (if there is an option). It’s best to leave it (don’t open) for 5-10 min even after the cooking completion light has come on.
Place in the rice cooker

4. Serve

With a rice spatula, flip through the rice very gently. Serve in a rice bowl.
Flip rice gently
Serve in a bowl

How to Turn a Backlit Keyboard On or Off in HP Notebook PCs

If your notebook computer has a backlit keyboard, there is a special key on the keyboard to turn the light on and off. Use the back light in dim lighting situations.
The following notebook computer series contain models that have backlit keyboards.
  • HP Envy notebook computers
  • HP Spectre notebook computers
  • HP Pavilion dv series notebook computers (dv4, dv5, dv6, dv7)
To check whether your particular model has a backlit keyboard, check the F5 key to see if the backlit keyboard key  is present.
To turn the keyboard back light on or off, press the F5  key.
Figure : F5 key - Backlit keyboard key
F5 key - backlit keyboard key
only for HP notebook computers with backlit keyboards

Other notebook computers
For other older notebook computers with a backlit keyboard, try one of the following methods depending on your model, to turn the backlit keyboard on or off.
  • If the spacebar has a keyboard icon on the left side, press and hold the Function key (Fn) and then tap the space bar one time.
  • Press the F12 key.
  • Press the F5 key.
  • Press the special key dedicated to turning the back light on and off.
    Figure : Dedicated key for the keyboard back light
    Dedicated key for the keyboard back light

How to track stolen /lost sumsang Galaxy S5 and S6

Using Android Device Manager To Find Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S5.
The best option when it comes to finding your lost or stolen Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge is to properly register and accessible via the Android Device Manager. Google released this software back in 2013, and they have used the software to make sure nearly every modern Android device is equipped with it. Many devices come with the feature enabled out of the box, but you will want to double check.
You can set up Android Device Manager on the Galaxy S6 by going to Settings > Security and Screen Lock > Device Administrators. The exact location and name of the menus might differ from phone to phone, so poke around. From here, simply check the box that says “Android Device Manager.”

Find Your Lost Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S5
When you go to use the Android Device Manager with another device to find your Galaxy S6 that is lost or stolen, you need to go to the Android Device Manager page and track your Galaxy S6. The Android Device Manager uses GPS to track the location.
From here the GPS locate button will track the lost or stolen device for you. Google warns users to never try and retrieve a lost device themselves, and to contact the police. It’s important to note for this feature to work, the Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge must be contacted to a WiFi network so the GPS location can be tracked.

How to take a screenshot on windows Laptop

Taking a screen shot is an easy and convenient way to share. To take a screen shot on a Windows laptop, just follow these steps.

If You Want To Take A Screen Shot And Save It

If you want to take an shot of everything that is displayed on your screen and you want to save it to send it or upload it, simply:

1. Press the Windows Key and the PrtScn (Print Screen) button.

2. A save box will appear. Simply type in a file name for the image where you would like to save it to. Then press ‘Save’.

If You Want To Take a Screen Shot Without Saving It

If you want to just quickly take an image of everything on your screen but you just want to paste it (maybe into a Word Doc), then simply:

1. Press only the PrtScn button. It has now been copied and you can use the paste option to put it wherever you want.

If You Want To Take A Screen Shot Of Only One Window

If you don’t want an image of everything on your screen, but just want to target one window, then simply:

1. Click on the window that you want to take a screenshot of.

2. Press Alt + PrnScn. An image of only that window is now copied to your clipboard, and you can place it wherever you like..

How to take screenshot using Galaxy S7.

Three methods of shortcuts make it easy to take a screenshot on the Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge
The Galaxy S7 (and the Galaxy S7 edge) is now official. It's time to get down to the really important stuff — like how to take a screenshot on the Galaxy S7. If you're a Samsung Galaxy veteran you very much know what's coming next. Been there, done that, got the screenshot.
If you're new to Samsung phones, though, the Korean manufacturer has a trick up its sleeve that makes taking screenshots just a bit easier.
So let's take a quick look at the methods Samsung uses for taking a screenshot on the Galaxy S7.
method 1: How to take a screenshot using the button shortcut
This is the tried-and-true method for taking a screenshot on Galaxy S phones.
  1. Get the app or screen that you want to capture ready to go.
  2. Press and hold the home button and the power button at the same time. It can be a bit of a stretch on these larger phones, but it works just fine. You'll hear the camera shutter sound, along with a short flashing animation, and that's how you know you're good to go.
  3. You'll now be able to see the screenshot in the Gallery app, or in Samsung's built-in "My Files" file browser, or in Google Photos, if you use that instead.
  4. If you need to find the screenshots from a command line or through the Android File Transfer tool, they'll be in /pictures/screenshots.
Method 2: How to take a screenshot by swiping the screen
Samsung's got another cool feature in its smartphones for taking screenshots. And some of us think it's actually the easier way to take a screenshot when compared to the button method. (Though it does get a little more tricky if you're using the larger Galaxy S7 edge.)
  1. Tilt your hand to the side a little, so your thumb is pointing away from the screen.
  2. Swipe your entire hand across the screen in either direction — left to right or right to left, it's your call.
Just like in the other method you'll hear the shutter sound and see a short on-screen animation.
This method is enabled by default, but you can turn it off in the settings if you prefer, or if you find you're accidentally taking screenshots.
  1. Go into the settings menu.
  2. Scroll down to "Motion" and choose "Motions and gestures."
  3. Tap "Palm swipe to capture."
  4. Hit the toggle button from on to off.
Method 3: How to take a scrolling screenshot on the Galaxy S7
Lots of things you'll want to take a screenshot of may be more than just one screen deep. Like a web page, for instance. To that end, Samsung has borrowed and adapted a feature from the Galaxy Note 5.
  1. Take a screenshot, as before.
  2. Tap the "Capture more" option to scroll down and grab more of the screen.
  3. Keep on tapping until you've got what you need.

 These screenshots can get very large. Samsung helps with this somewhat. Single-screen grabs are output at full resolution — 1440x2560. But once you start adding them, the width is downscaled to 1080px, and the whole smash is saved as a JPEG and instead of a PNG. That said, we've saved a 6MB, 720x14990 screenshot.
So you've taken a screenshot. Good for you. Your Galaxy S7 thanks you. We thank you. But what to do with it? You've got a couple options. One is to share or edit your screenshot (maybe you want to crop something out or leave an annotation). You can just hit the buttons in the notification to quickly do either of those things. Another options is to, well, do nothing. Just swipe the notification away and go about your business. Your screenshot will remain on the device, though.
But do remember that the Galaxy S7 is a high-resolution device, and your screenshots can eat up a lot of space on your phone if you're taking a bunch of them. They might also get sucked into your cloud storage. So keep tabs on what's going where, and whether you really need them, or can clean things out once you're done with them.

How to take a screenshot on your Mac

You can take screenshots of your whole screen or just part of it. Screenshots are saved automatically as .png files on your desktop.

Take a screenshot of your whole screen

  1. Press Command (⌘)-Shift-3.
  2. Find the screenshot as a .png file on your desktop.

Take a screenshot of part of your screen

  1. Press Command-Shift-4. The pointer changes to a crosshair pointer.
  2. Move the crosshair pointer to where you want to start the screenshot.
  3. Drag to select an area. While dragging, you can hold the Shift key, Option key, or Space bar to change the way the selection moves.
  4. When you've selected the area you want, release your mouse or trackpad button. To cancel, press the Escape (esc) key before you release the button.
  5. Find the screenshot as a .png file on your desktop.

Take a screenshot of a window

  1. Press Command-Shift-4. The pointer changes to a crosshair pointer.
  2. Press the Space bar. The pointer changes to a camera pointer.
  3. Move the camera pointer over a window to highlight it.
  4. Click your mouse or trackpad. To cancel, press the Escape (esc) key before you click.
  5. Find the screenshot as a .png file on your desktop.
This works with Finder windows and most application windows.

Take a screenshot of a menu

  1. Click the menu to reveal its contents.
  2. Press Command-Shift-4. The pointer changes to a crosshair pointer.
  3. Drag to select the menu.
  4. Release your mouse or trackpad button. To cancel, press the Escape (esc) key before you release the button.
  5. Find the screenshot as a .png file on your desktop.

Take a screenshot of a menu without the title

  1. Click the menu to reveal its contents.
  2. Press Command-Shift-4. The pointer changes to a crosshair pointer.
  3. Press the Space bar. The pointer changes to a camera pointer.
  4. Move the camera pointer over the menu to highlight it.
  5. Click your mouse or trackpad. To cancel, press the Escape (esc) key before you click.
  6. Find the screenshot as a .png file on your desktop.


  • Screenshots are saved as .png files on the desktop in Mac OS X v10.6 and later. They're automatically named "Screen Shot date at time.png."
  • To save your screenshot to the Clipboard instead of a file on your desktop, use Command-Shift-Control-4.
  • You can open screenshots with Preview or other image-editing apps.
  • Some apps, such as DVD Player, might not let you take screenshots of their windows.