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Your cat or dog according to Western astrological signs — February 5, 2016

Your cat or dog according to Western astrological signs

Meri’s Note: This is just based on the animals I’ve had and known, and it’s meant for entertainment purposes only

Aries: Aries cats and dogs will play with toys long past the age those of other signs will. Being the first sign in the western zodiac, which is associated with the baby stage, they may act immature for several years. They often act and are pretty and handsome. However, if they ever have young ones, they may have difficulty accepting responsibility, but once they do, they usually make great parents for their little ones.

Taurus: Taurus cats and dogs are often very musical, and many of them enjoy singing to favorite tunes, particularly male cats and dogs. They have a tendency to eat a very limited diet. They represent the strong silent type, but will definitely let you know when you’ve neglected them too long. Make sure to give them lots of love and plenty of affection like head rubs.

Gemini: Gemini cats and dogs often are like little Houdinis. Now you see them, now you don’t. They are quite sociable around other animals and humans. In terms of physique, they tend to have trim bodies because of all the exercise they get.

Cancer: These cats and dogs will tend to have deep emotions, and care must be taken to not to be too harsh with them. However, they tend to be very self disciplined and quite easily trained. If they are neglected emotionally, they may become seriously overweight.

Leo: Leo cats and dogs will be constantly demanding of your attention. However, they are often the ones that are extremely loving, they love to be held, served food and water from human dishes, and kiss you like you would kiss another person. They sometimes have a tendency towards weight problems, especially females.

Virgo: Virgo cats and dogs tend to be very smart, although sometimes are nervous. They tend to have exact preferences for certain foods and treats, and are fastidious about letting you know if their food and water dishes need to be cleaned. They need lots of attention and love, otherwise they may live in a feral like state in terms of their behaviours towards humans.

Libra: Libra cats and dogs are the socialites of the zodiac, and want peace at all costs. They are usually extremely pretty or handsome, although may have a tendency to be overweight as they age. They almost never have serious behaviour problems, and are usually very charming with humans and other animals.

Scorpio: Despite Scorpio’s association with sex, Scorpio dogs and cats are not usually the sex maniacs they might be expected to be. They tend to have most of the best characteristics of other signs without the downsides. They get along great with humans and animals; however, they have a need to get away from them every so often, so need a place that other animals in the home cannot use though would prefer to be the only animal in the home. They enjoy travelling to new places, and the farther from home, the better!

Sagittarius: With Sagittarius cats and dogs, you tend to see male features and behaviours in female cats and dogs, and female behaviours and features in male cats and dogs. Unlike their human counterparts, they can be very shy, almost painfully shy, and tend to be introverted to the point they minimize contact with other animals or humans, although they sometimes have one or two close friends.

Capricorn: These cats and dogs tend to be extremely fit physically, they love to run, jump, and hunt. And if they are put in competitions, they tend to win consistently. They may start out unhealthy as kittens, but if they survive kittenhood, they tend to live very healthy, if sometimes relatively short, lives. They have less need for attention than most other signs, but strongly prefer a house with a backyard as opposed to an apartment or condo with no balcony so they can stay fit and healthy.

Aquarius: Aquarius cats and dogs tend to be loners, although can sometimes tolerate one, or at most two, other animals in the home, ideally of the opposite sex. They also are often quite eccentric, often learning new tricks and finding new hiding places, and may have an appetite for the strangest of foods. While they are usually not picky about what they eat, they rarely have problems with being overweight, and usually are normal to slightly underweight, because of their very fast metabolisms despite rarely enjoying going outside; therefore they would be perfectly happy in almost any type of home, even the tiniest of apartments with no balcony, especially a cat who is an Aquarian.

Pisces: Pisces cats and dogs often have an inborn desire to be parents, even at a very young age. They may be very needy of your attention. If they do have little ones, they often seem to know exactly how to take care of them even if it’s their first litter. They are often quite musicial.

6 Myths and Facts about Autism —

6 Myths and Facts about Autism

Myth: Most if not all autistic people have savant-like abilities

Fact: Many are low to very low functioning and do not have any special high level abilities.


Myth: Most autistic people are of low intelligence.

Fact: Some autistic people are of above normal intelligence, occasionally way above normal intelligence.


Myth: Most autistic people are highly sensitive to sound and light in a negative way.

Fact: If trained from an early age, such as in playing musical instruments, those that have such sensitivities can be desensitized to sound and light.


Myth: Autistic people cannot learn to read and write.

Fact: Those that are moderate to high functioning often have no trouble learning to read and write, it may just take longer as long as effective methods are used.


Myth: Autistic people do not or rarely attend school after high school graduation.

Fact: A significant portion of mild to high functioning autistics go on to attend college or university, and some do complete at least a bachelor’s degree with the right kinds of academic supports.


Myth: Autistic people cannot hold down a job.

Fact: While some cannot, many have trouble finding a job in the first place, because people tend to judge their quirks, facial expressions, and use of language at the interview, and mess up unintentionally. However, if they do succeed, it’s usually low paying work but they can be some of your best employees for work ethic and responsibility.

Music lesson myths BUSTED! (full article version) — January 1, 2016

Music lesson myths BUSTED! (full article version)

NOTE: I actually didn’t mean to work on this post when I logged onto the Dashboard to get a photo for an updated, revamped version of a particular travel-related post on this blog to be posted on my main site, plus I had officially left the music education ghetto in October 2013, but I ended up doing it anyway because I realized that it had been sitting there as a saved draft for three years. I didn’t know that it wasn’t even published yet. So here it is now!

It seems that some (if not many) adults are discouraged from taking or continuing lessons. This is frustrating to us teachers and prospective and current students alike. So while this may sound like we’re beating a dead horse even deader, this subject is absolutely worth addressing because there are still rather silly misconceptions and assumptions swirling around. So let’s break them down, shall we?

1. Expecting quickie results.

It’s normal in this instant gratification/instant download culture to want to see results right off the bat. But learning how to play (read: perform) music isn’t microwave cuisine. That would be just as good as pressing play on the CD player or your iPod. (Nowadays it’s not an anomaly to see toddlers tweaking around with tablets and smartphones!)

Playing music is both art and science. It’s not exactly child’s play! Rome definitely wasn’t built in a day. Even good ol’ Mozart had to take a lot of time busting his chops to get some props in his craft! It takes a while to develop any skills, let alone things that require fine motor skills like music and getting used to concepts that were previously pretty foreign to you. Astute teachers have also observed that intellectual knowledge isn’t always translatable to physical movement. My fellow musician/music teacher friend attests to this all the time. He’s had a number of brainiac students (MDs, lawyers, tech geeks, etc.), yet they struggle with getting their fingers to behave on the keyboard. It takes a while to acquire muscle memory. So just keep at it, be patient, and relax. Take your sweet time. After all, you’re doing this as a hobby. No exams, auditions, competitions, touring, and multimillion record deals to worry about! :)

2. Feeling like a slowpoke

Sometimes you feel like a nut. Sometimes you don’t. Sometimes just feel that you don’t measure up. Sometimes you feel like you’re progressing on a limping snail’s pace. Yep, I suppose you can blame it on statistics (used by musical instrument salespeople to hawk their goods) that kids make better and faster music learners. (See myth #3 below.) Well, in some aspects, not exactly. Adults have the advantage of being fully developed physically and having more advanced cognitive/conceptual skills, as well as many years of life experience under their belt, including prior exposure to music. There are routines (such as typing, driving, and ergonomics) adults have already mastered that give them an edge over younger ones that are relevant and transferable to music study or performance.

3. SILLY RABBIT! Music lessons are for kids!

Nope. There have been many studies across the board proving music is great for all ages—from the cradle to nearly the grave. (Again, the results have been manipulated by commerce to get parents to spend, spend, and spend some more on their kids.)

4. Free stuff = good stuff.

Who doesn’t love freebies? Sure, you can scour YouTube for free tutorials, but out of the 1234958123 (or so) videos posted, can you tell which are quality ones? Do you even have the time to check them all out? Here’s where a good, caring, and knowledgeable teacher can help. He/she saves you time, money, energy, and spares you from all that frustration. The teacher has spent plenty of time, money, and countless trial-and-error processes to get to where they are now so you don’t have to go through all that junk!

So you think you can pinch a few pennies by not investing in a good teacher. After all, you just want to play for fun. None of that hardcore pro BS. Right?


In fact, it is especially more important for raw beginners to get a quality teacher to establish good habits from the get-go and to successfully impart completely new, unfamiliar concepts. Having taught remedial students, I can say that undoing bad technical habits is the musical equivalent of stomach pumping. (Almost.) It can be a pretty long, painful drawn-out process. It’s like starting from scratch all over again.

Many so-called free tutorials have poor technique that can really slow you down (or worse, hurt you). You can’t play as well as you’d like. Maybe you’re starting to feel some aches here and there. Barring pre-existing conditions, it’s most likely poor body position or posture.

I taught myself guitar in high school and since I had formal training in music (the keyboard, specifically), I figured that I could pull it off (pun intended on that!). And hey, there were cheap or free materials around that I could check out! I thought I could save a little bit of dough here and there. Though I picked up the concepts quickly, I couldn’t locate the notes on the frets quickly enough. I couldn’t execute some notes. I just had a heck of a time reaching certain ones with my fingers. So I just kind of stopped applying myself to it, although I loved the instrument to death. It wasn’t until I finally decided to have a teacher show me how it was done that I finally found out why I couldn’t play as well as I wanted to—wrong wrist position. Now that I know, yikes, I can’t believe I had that goofy-looking wrist position that just looked unnatural! All bent out of shape! I also had wrong finger positions, especially the placement of the thumb behind the neck of the guitar. No wonder I couldn’t stretch my fingers on the fretboard as long as I’d like! I ended up doing it the hard, long way. Boy, I surely wish I had gotten a good teacher from the get-go!

Keep in mind that the dropout rates in guitar lessons are much higher than those of piano lessons. (Hey, I’m unfortunately in that number!) The guitar is more physically challenging to play. It’s hard enough with a teacher, let alone without one. So much for playing for “fun.” But I can tell you that you’ll get a lot more done with an experienced teacher!

5. Not trusting the teacher.

So your teacher tells you that you’ve been doing quite well. Yet you just can’t believe your ears. Most likely it’s the old subconscious programming playing tricks on you, thinking that it’s too late for adults to learn (see points 2 and 3 above). Remember that your teacher has been around the block for quite sometime, so he/she already knows what works and what doesn’t. Many teachers have worked with students of different ages, so they have a general sense of what slow, normal, and fast progress is like for these groups.

You may think that the teacher either goes too fast or too slow in introducing materials or concepts. Maybe you feel that your teacher present the ideas in an out-of-sequence fashion. It probably makes you wonder if he/she knows what the bleep he/she’s doing. Keep in mind that things are best taught or demonstrated in nonlinear fashion. Let’s say you’re looking at a house. You have to look at the different angles to get a complete view of it, and that involves hopping around from one place or point to another. You can’t possibly know how the whole place looks like and how everything feels if you just stare at the garage the whole time, not even bothering to check the backyard. Right?

The same thing applies to music. In order to increase understanding (and consequently enjoyment) of music, there are distinct parts of music to explore and dissect.

Another big reason for occasionally “hopping around” is variety. It breaks up the monotony of learning the same old tired stuff all the time, which is a real motivation killer. That’s what exactly what happened to me. I quit piano lessons cold turkey in elementary school. I didn’t feel I was challenged enough. As they say, variety is the spice of life, and it’s no different in music. A good teacher can really spice up your learning process!

6. Music is a huge waste of time and money.

Yes, we teachers sometimes get this objection from the prospects’ or students’ spouses or partners. This probably pretty much explains the usual “let me check with my husband first” cop-out line.

But here’s some food for thought. Think of it as an investment for your relationship to keep it going strong—and then some. It works the same way as romantic getaways. Best of all, music is an affordable and fun hobby you can do together, anytime, anywhere, as many times as you want, and it lasts a lifetime! It’s definitely way more affordable than booking those cruises! Nowadays you can get quality portable instruments and equipment at low(er) prices, which means there are more awesome opportunities for music making!

Plus you’ll have something more original, personal, and thoughtful to give your sweetheart other than just plain ol’ cookie-cutter commercialized flowers, chocolates, and Hallmark platitudes for special occasions. Make original tunes, record them, and burn them on CD for your SO. Or you can do the fine tradition of serenading! You can’t get any more romantic than that! Best of all, yes, I must mention again that these things can be done on the cheap!

(By the way, speaking of cheap, take note, you ladies with men in your lives. At least you won’t have them complain about the old female indiscretionary expensive habit called retail therapy! You have something more useful for everyone to enjoy, plus probably the fellas would appreciate your shopping around for high-tech toys, er, instruments and equipment!)

Music is great not only for cheap dates or lovey-dovey time, but also fun, low-cost staycation time with friends and family. Backyard jams, block parties—you name it. There’s never a dull moment with music.

So you see that music enables you to have more quality time together, sharing an activity in common. Shared experiences strengthen bonds between or among people. Another case in point: video games. My darling (almost-)hubby/D(A)H (as I like to call him) has been bugging me about playing them for the longest time. At first, I did feel “bugged” by the requests. Honestly, I wasn’t really a huge gamer myself. I never really mastered any video games, except one or two Nintendo Game & Watch stuff. (I could only master that Popeye one!) I’ve always liked it, especially the 8-bit music and everything. I’d spend hours in fascination watching my younger brother beat the bosses, old-school Nintendo console-style. But I just wasn’t adventurous enough to try to get really good at those games. I thought it was too overwhelmingly hard to do. It was too much coordination for my poor ol’ noggin to handle. I didn’t really want to part with some of my hard-earned dough to get those games. But my DAH persistently talked me into the benefits of fun and friendship in gaming. I was a pretty tough nut to crack, but I finally caved in, partly because I wanted to please him at first, but his happiness would translate to my happiness and our happiness. Guess what? I started to like it. I actually ended up spending more time together with him. Now we feel a lot closer together. And quite contrary to popular belief that gaming is only for brain-dead couch potatoes, I find it mentally stimulating, even to the point where I get pooped out within just a few minutes of action!

Just like gaming, music does have very high replay value (and yes, pun intended on that!). So let’s get crackin’ and make some joyful noise! :)

P. S. : Here’s yet another link listing more typical unfounded misconceptions of music lessons (especially regarding adults):

Read it and weep no more! :)


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Why you should not take your phone to bed with you (and other electronic gadgets) — December 15, 2015

Why you should not take your phone to bed with you (and other electronic gadgets)

Meri here.

Lately I’ve been experiencing poor sleep quality and cannot sleep in the same room, waking up moody, depressed, and grumpy, which is not how I usually am. Why? Because my phone is being used late at night, sometimes all night. (not by me though)

The effects of the type of light emitted from many recent type electronic gadgets has regularly been commented on, so I won’t say much here. Although I am no medical professional, I know and work with some who are and do research on various medical issues, so I hope you will carry on with what I have to say, plus observing people with various habits such as this one.

However, there’s also the noises from the phone, whether from watching videos online, often with the awful sound quality of most phones, both speech and music, but it can also be from late night phone calls, text message alerts, email notifications, or notifications from social networking.

Not only does it disturb the sleep of the person using it, who can easily experience high stress symptoms such as rapid breathing, fast heart rate, anxiety, and recurring nightmares, it also disturbs the sleep of other people sleeping in the same room.

Poor quality sleep causes significant mood alterations, both for the user and those sleeping in the same room with them. It leads to poor memory, poor concentration, poor diet, and poor mood, with significant unhappiness to anger issues. Ultimately, it can lead to or contribute to problems with mental illness.

If you think covering your head and body with a thick blanket and/or pillow helps, think again. Those light waves pass through the thickest blankets and comforters. Sound almost always does, and the loudest sounds from a phone can go long distances, even in a large home, let alone a small one.

Plus you’re always on alert for the next message or notification when the phone is in bed with you and can wake you up just as you are about to fall asleep. Which happens a lot in some occupations.There’s a few which it might be absolutely necessary, since as emergency services. But for most people, you really don’t need to be available 24/7.

So, put that phone or other electronic device away in another room at night and let it fully charge. It will help you and others sleep better, and shows respect for other people not to be disturbed. And it will make it much easier to keep relationships with loved ones intact.

You know you live in Don Mills when… — November 9, 2015

You know you live in Don Mills when…

Meri here. I thought I’d write a post that’s about the neighbourhood I live with a humourous side. So here it goes…You know you live in Don Mills when…

  1. You actually know how to find your way around the Donway East/Donway West circle
  2. You don’t need a GPS to find your way around those streets.
  3. You remember when The Shops at Don Mills was mostly a bunch of dust and dirt, and how awful it was stepping through it after it rained or snowed.
  4. You have on multiple occasions can hear the very loud music in the summer late at night and may have complained about it
  5. You remember the old locations for the LCBO and Beer Store before their current ones
  6. You remember a time before the newer condos around here were developed.
  7. You miss the old 49 The Donway West plaza
  8. You used to frequent the Pizza Pizza or the Home Hardware there before the plaza was torn down
  9. You have taken the 162 Lawrence-Donway to Edwards Gardens
  10. You have taken the above to Yonge Street as a nice quiet route when you are not in a rush to get to Yonge Street
  11. You can easily predict when the above bus will arrive at the stop you need wherever in Don Mills you are
  12. You know most of the cashiers and sometimes even the manager at the Metro in Don Mills, which sometimes you discover one or more of them live in the area or building where you live!
  13. You know to avoid the Don Mills/Lawrence Shoppers Drug Mart on Thursday mornings and afternoons
  14. You love seeing the kittens and cats up for adoption at the Pet Valu on the Donway frequently
  15. You know that you can rent an apartment here for somewhat less than average rent for Toronto, but even a basic condo apartment will set you back around half a million dollars in some buildings. Not to mention the cost of townhomes or detached homes…
  16. You know that the 25 Don Mills bus seems to be crowded at almost any time of day no matter how many buses they put on that route
8 skills people who have studied, performed, or taught music at a high level bring to other types of work — September 28, 2015

8 skills people who have studied, performed, or taught music at a high level bring to other types of work

  1. The ability to dress professionally (especially classical and some ethnic or jazz musicians)
  2. Punctuality
  3. Skills in ad design (if they design their own promotional material and do it well)
  4. The ability to manage a busy schedule
  5. Successful multitasking
  6. Prioritizing important tasks from less important ones
  7. Detail-oriented
  8. Managing money, especially when funds are somewhat limited
Some jobs that people think earn lots of money, but the people working at them usually don’t — September 3, 2015

Some jobs that people think earn lots of money, but the people working at them usually don’t

Private music teacher. Yes, a private teacher’s fees may be $60-$75/hour or more, and while many charge quite a bit less, very few private teachers teach for more than 15 hours a week, plus besides the costs many people have for rent/mortgage, utilities, and phone, there’s a lot of additional expenses for memberships, teaching supplies, upgrade/repair of instruments, books, and practice incentive programs. Plus many teachers have a few to several cancellations a week.

Pet Sitter. This is a job that often goes through cycles of feast and famine, summers can be heavily booked while the dead of winter can be very slow business.

Real Estate Assistant. While a few do bring in 50-60K or more, most are paid hourly, typically between $15-$25 an hour based on experience. A great part time job that doesn’t require a college education if you have strong literacy, computer, internet, and numeracy skills; however, the work can be heavy in the summer and slow in the winter, and occasionally realtors run into serious financial problems. You often end up working on call as well.

Dental & Medical Assistants. Usually part time and for a few hours per day, plus may have to travel a long distance for work.

Personal Care Worker. Usually you only get what the people hiring you can afford, sometimes rather little, and often only for a few hours a week.

Taxi Driver. In some places, taxi drivers end up spending more than they earn some or most of the time, especially in major cities that have a lot of them.

Legal Assistant. While it can be often full time, the extensive training is expensive relative to the typical earnings, which is $25/h up to $60/h, however, a very few earn 60-100K or more.

In addition, many of these types of jobs people do not have medical, health or dental insurance, plus you have to save for their own retirement and vacation. However, they can be fine part time work if you have other sources of income or are in school in other fields, or to fill in while looking for full time work.

Inexpensive Design/Decorating/Storage Hacks to consider using (most items of these ideas can be done with dollar and discount stores items): —

Inexpensive Design/Decorating/Storage Hacks to consider using (most items of these ideas can be done with dollar and discount stores items):

Bathroom: Instead of using a magazine rack for your reading material, try a large plastic flower pot that is square or rectangular (round would be okay if the books are not too big) that is on a stand or place it on one off the floor (to prevent books from getting wet), and you’ll have an easy to reach reading material container for your bathroom.

Bedroom: For socks and underwear, use small baskets to store them in a drawer or closet, with different colours for each person in the home.

Living room: Use a bright solid colour inexpensive tablecloth to cover up those bad stains.

Dining room: If you are living alone or as a couple with no children, consider using a patio table covered with a bright plastic tablecloth for your dining area, will maximize your space especially in smaller homes. Even if you have children, some maufacturers sell patio tables that can also be used indoors large enough for up to six people if your home has a little more space for much less than conventional tables, and much lighter and easy to store when not needed.

Artwork: Instead of buying prints, make them from artwork (I’ve gotten some prints from the calendars featuring works of the great masters of visual art and from planners) or your best photos if you are skilled at taking great photos or know someone who is, and frame them yourself, often inexpensive but quality frames are found in discount and dollar stores. For large pieces, buy the poster print of a work you’d like online and frame it, or shop around at thrift stores at least once a week. Some libraries may also have some prints or artwork they will sell. Smaller prints can even be mounted on card or cover stock, with quality stick glue, and collaged if you like.

Entertainment: Especially if you live in a condo or apartment, instead of buying a home theatre system, get a powerful recent model desktop computer with a lot of RAM and a large screen (ours is 36 inches, which is bigger than our TV!) to play DVDs and CDs. Some more recent systems can play Blu-Ray discs too. Computer speakers of high quality are much less expensive than home theatre system speakers, and much easier to install too. Plus it’s a multi-purpose system.

Kitchen: Use different size baskets and storage containers to keep your spices and condiments organized.

Lighting: Large colourful paper lanterns with small LED tealights with a long lasting battery inside the lanterns hanging from the ceiling make beauful decorative lighting effects in the evening and at night. You also save money on your hydro bills because they are not connected to the power supply!

Storage: If you like the fabric storage boxes, and mainly are carrying light items or rarely moving things around, dollar and discount stores sell them in a variety of colours at a fraction of the price.

Seating: For your permanent seating, if possible, buy a sofa bed or a futon, especially in a smaller home, particularly if you regularly have guests over or to place it in front of the entertainment system. Use folding chairs when you don’t have enough permanent seating when you’re having several guests in your home at the same time and put them away when not in use.

Useful apps/types of apps and tricks for smartphone users: — June 12, 2015

Useful apps/types of apps and tricks for smartphone users:

Types of Apps (in no particular order); many or most are available for free on Android:

  1. Postal service
  2. Your favourite food places that have them
  3. Grocery stores
  4. Department stores that have them
  5. Book stores that have them
  6. Pet stores that have them
  7. Any loyalty programs you belong to (eg: Air Miles)
  8. Business directory (like Yellowpages)
  9. Address Books (so you can type in mailing addresses of clients, friends and family)
  10. Phone book directory (like Canada411)
  11. Social media sites you’re a part of
  12. Travelling by bus, train, or plane schedules and fares
  13. Ebook applications, at least Google and Kindle, but if you can get it, Kobo as well.
  14. Scientific calculator
  15. Dictonaries and Thesaurus
  16. Language Learning programs for languages you’d like to learn, plus their respective dictonaries with your native language translations.
  17. Hotel booking apps.
  18. Your favourite classic (eg: chess, Scrabble) and modern games
  19. Apps related to yours or your child’s school or work
  20. Online classified ads sites you use regularly
  21. Weather
  22. Currency converter
  23. Photo editors
  24. Adobe apps, ESPECIALLY the reader!
  25. A mini word processor
  26. A reader for MS Office documents


  1. Get a stylus (some or most of the tips won’t work below without one or not as well)
  2. Put apps of similar type in a folder, eg: all the email apps, school apps, your reading of e-books and e-newspapers, e-book applications, by using touch, drag, and move with the stylus
  3. Put apps in the order you probably use them most frequently (you’ll probably need to tweak it frequently for a few to several days at first, and then occasionally)
  4. Put your scheduler app on the first page, as well as your email apps (with a stylus, touch, hold, and drag until the main page)
  5. If you don’t have unlimited data, always download apps over wifi
  6. If another company is offering more or unlimited data for the same or less money than you’re paying, try to negotiate.
  7. Test apps immediately, and delete apps that don’t work properly right away
  8. Make sure you fully quit out of apps (by using the button on the bottom of the Samsung Galaxy phones and holding it for a few seconds until the list of recent apps shows up) to control your data use and save on the RAM usage in your phone
  9. Delete duplicate icons of apps using touch, hold, and move to the trash can
  10. Get at least a 16 GB, and ideally 32 GB mini SD card to record video, store apps, e-books, and pictures.
  11. Learn to embrace ebooks, many order books that are public domain are free (especially on Google Books) and many titles are available for under $5
  12. Few apps are worth paying for the full version, but the books you can’t put down, and anti-virus software are among them. Advanced tools in your field (eg: real estate dictionary, an ear training program which you need the advanced ear exercises if you’re a music teacher or upper intermediate student or higher) are worth paying the nominal fee. Games you can’t get enough of with the free version is sometimes worth paying for an ad free version is sometimes worth it too. (for me, that’s Plants vs. Zombies, mobile edition, which has quite a few differences compared to the PC version which I’ve completed)

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