Fixed Keyboard If you live with an Android phone long enough, you start to look for better ways to enter text into the keyboard. In particular when inputting passwords. Any good password should have letters, upper and lower case, as well as numbers and special characters, punctuation to you and me. With the standard Google Keyboard, which is awesome, don’t get me wrong, password typing leaves a lot to be desired.

With the addition of a row of numbers, the Google Keyboard is completely transformed to something much more like, if not exactly like, your PC keyboard.

Check out the link and see if it’s not light years better.

Read the article: How to add a dedicated number row to the Google Keyboard | Android Central.

All good tips, but the life/money saving one that caught me the most was #17-Info about clothes dryers.

The heating unit went out on my dryer! The gentleman that fixes things around the house for us told us that he wanted to show us something and he went over to the dryer and pulled out the lint filter. It was clean. (I always clean the lint from the filter after every load clothes.) He told us that he wanted to show us something; he took the filter over to the sink, ran hot water over it. The lint filter is made of a mesh material – I’m sure you know what your dryer’s lint filter looks like.

WELL…the hot water just sat on top of the mesh! It didn’t go through it at all! He told us that dryer sheets cause a film over that mesh that’s what burns out the heating unit. You can’t SEE the film , but it’s there. It’s wha t is in the dryer sheets to make your clothes soft and static free – that nice fragrance too, you know how they can feel waxy when you take them out of the box, well this stuff builds up on your clothes and on your lint screen This is also what causes dryer units to catch fire & potentially burn your house down with it! He said the best way to keep your dryer working for a very long time (& to keep your electric bill lower) is to take that filter out & wash it with hot soapy water & an old toothbrush (or other brush) at least every six months. He said that makes the life of the dryer at least twice as long!

I’m going to pull the lint trap when I get home and do this test.  We don’t use a lot of dryer sheets, but I know we’ve never washed the screen.

17 Tips To Make Your Life Easier – Aimless Direction — Aimless Direction.

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