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Lifetime Learning Institute of Austin, A Valuable Resource for Persons Age 50+

LLI LogoLifetime Learning Institute of Austin ( has been in operation for over 40 years, providing economical classes on an eclectic range of topics. The primary group served is persons 50+.

Registration for the Spring 2019 semester opens on January 16, but it’s not too early to take a look at the classes that were offered in the Fall because many will also be available in the Spring.

Many LLI classes fill up within hours, so it pays to register as soon as possible. You can take a look at the list here to see which Fall classes filled (shown in red) and which still had room.

I usually take 2 or 3, sometimes 4, LLI classes each semester. My favorites are T’ai Chi (Taiji) and Qigong, and Yoga Fit. This time I enrolled in classes about American Comedy Films, Exercise for Men and Women, and India. My other recommendations are How to Listen to Classical Music, and Geology.

LLI is run as a non-profit by volunteers, and part of what keeps Austin wonderfully weird.

Running Out of Space on Your Smartphone? Here Are 6 Ways to Get More

The SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick is new to me, and looks to be an excellent solution to the problem.

My particular phone will not accept a memory card, but it yours will be sure to get one…you can find 32 GB microSD cards for less than $12 in the Hot Deals section of

Using Multiple Devices on a Wi-Fi Connection Intended for One

The Hoo Too travel router, available in 3 different varieties on Amazon, has a nice feature: If you connect it to a wi-fi source intended for one device (say, the wi-fi on a plane or in a hotel room), you can then connect several devices to the Hoo Too.

This can save you substantial amounts of money during a trip. So far as the airline or hotel is concerned, you have only one computer connected to their wi-fi.

The least expensive Hoo Too travel router, the HT-TM02, has no battery and must receive power from a portable battery or other USB source. It costs only $18.99 with free Prime shipping. It weighs less than 2 ounces and is only about 2 inches x 2 inches. Think carefully before buying this one – do you really want a device that always has to be connected to an external power source to work?

For just $6 more you can get model HT-TM01 that has a battery with adequate life for most uses. That battery can also be used to re-charge your other devices, like a smartphone.

A third mode, the Titan, with pink top, has a larger battery for longer life and costs $40.

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