Family First » apple Servings Families Online since 1998 Fri, 02 Oct 2015 20:25:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Who Owns Your Digital Music and Books when You Die? Mon, 27 Aug 2012 16:48:49 +0000 post thumbnail

Just as Ben Franklin put it, the only things certain in life are death and taxes. So, one day, we all will head home, but what becomes of your iTunes and Kindle files?

Apparently, they’re going with you. That is, they’re done too.

Because you don’t own the rights to the files, you cannot transfer them, as the law is currently written. Amazon’s terms of use state, “You do not acquire any ownership rights in the software or music content.” Apple sets limits on the use of digital files to Apple devices used by the account holder.

Now, this doesn’t mean you can’t gain access to someone’s files through their passwords and such, or use their iPods and Kindle devices. But there is a distinction between gaining access to files and having the right to use them.

Jacksonville, Florida, attorney David Goldman notes in a recent article, ““Having access to digital content and having the legal right to use it are two totally different things.”

So far the law hasn’t done a great job in catching up to the light speed of technology. According to this same Marketwatch article, only “Connecticut, Rhode Island, Indiana, Oklahoma and Idaho passed laws to allow executors and relatives access to email and social networking accounts of those who’ve died, but the regulations don’t cover digital files purchased.”

Goldman is launching a new software called DapTrust, that allows estate planners the ability to create a legal trust for online accounts for music, e-books and movies that belong to their clients. This can help address that legal gray area of the law for electronic files.

So, the answer to the question “who owns these files?” is still being written. What do you think? Please share your thoughts below.


Marijo Tinlin is the Editor in Chief of Family First, one of the oldest family-oriented websites on the internet. She writes for Eagle Publishing’s Family Events, is the Managing Editor of and she runs a small business with her husband. She is also the author of a book about patriotism and teaching our children to love this country called “How to Raise an American Patriot, Making it Okay for Our Kids to Be Proud to Be American.”  It features 13 interviews with patriotic Americans including Ed Meese, Erick Erickson and Jackie Gingrich Cushman. It’s available at

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Is Your Kid the Next Steve Jobs? Tue, 17 Jan 2012 15:14:01 +0000 post thumbnail

Our country is at a crossroads.

Some of our capable kids will jump on the entitlement bandwagon and let the government (i.e., the taxpaying producers) take care of them through the welfare and unemployment systems. The rest of the kids will take their future in their own hands and learn to become producers themselves, like Steve Jobs was.

Which one will your kids be?

In a brand new book from Dr. Jerry L. Cook and his wife Sarah L. Cook called “The Parents’ Guide to Raising CEO Kids,” they give kids and their parents a ton of great tips and ideas about how to start and run their own businesses. It helps us encourage our kids to take their fate in their own hands.

Their son started his own e-Bay business at the ripe old age of 10 and the Cooks discovered they didn’t know a lot about how a kid can have a business. This book helps give parents a much better understanding of how it all works, right out of the gate.

The book contains over 150 interviews with young entrepreneurs and their families that help people get going on their own business endeavor. Their experience will help you and your family learn from their mistakes and maybe get your child’s business rolling quicker.

Through the 4 pillars of success – vision, action, attitude and outcome – the book will inspire parents and kids alike to have the right mindset and action plan going into their business so they have the best outcome – success for the business.

The website has over 20 reviews from parents and business people about the book. Melinda F. Emerson, author of Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months” says “’The Parents’ Guide to Raising CEO Kids’ is perfect for training the next generation of entrepreneurs.”

Summer is right around the corner – what business can your child get going to make some pocket money or start on his or her own future Apple? Will he or she be the next Steve Jobs? Who knows but with the Cooks’ book, they’ll certainly get some good experience. Check it out at


Marijo Tinlin is the Editor in Chief of Family First, one of the oldest family-oriented websites on the internet. She is also the author of the new book about patriotism and teaching our children to love this country called “How to Raise an American Patriot, Making it Okay for Our Kids to Be Proud to Be American.”  It features 13 interviews with patriotic Americans including Ed Meese, Erick Erickson and Jackie Gingrich Cushman. It’s available at

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4 Tips for Families with a Child with Autism & A Chance to Win $2,100 from Apple Tue, 10 Aug 2010 12:32:49 +0000 post thumbnail

Staying strong as a family unit is always a challenge – and it can be a little extra challenging when one of the family members is autistic. There are ways to strengthen your family unit. Dr. Patricia Wright, the Easter Seals National Director of Autism Services, spoke to Family First and offers these tips for families to help build and keep a cohesive family unit.

1)      Predictability for the Child with Autism – Keeping to schedules and calendars are very important for a child with autism. One suggestion she offers is instead of saying “5 more minutes on the playground” which is a verbal clue, you use pictures, like a calendar, or a clock, which are visual clues. This can help the child with autism understand your intent better.

2)      Remember the Siblings – While Dr. Wright notes that most siblings of a child with autism do very well academically, it’s easy to forget that they do have a unique situation from most of their friends, most likely. That makes it especially important for parents to allow siblings to socialize with other siblings who have brothers or sisters with autism. An organization called Sibshops, part of the Sibling Support Project  which allows siblings to spend the day with other siblings of children with autism so they can discuss challenges and issues with other kids like them. So many times, the support comes from professionals and in this situation, it’s kids talking to kids, which is very powerful.

3)      Support Groups – Dr. Wright names two different national support groups that she notes can help parent find quality programs locally – Autism Society (  and Autism Speaks ( She notes that while there are many support groups available, parents need to look for recommended programs to ensure they are finding the best resource for themselves.

4)      Respite Services – Dr. Wright says this is extremely important. Parents with typically-developing children get babysitters for some time alone. Parents of children with autism can’t just hire the teenager from down the street. Dr. Wright says this is an “under-championed service” because the focus is so often centered around the child with autism, not the family. But like any family, a family with autistic children needs a break too. She recommends the ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center for finding respite services as well as the Easter Seals’ site which is searchable by zip code.

“Respite is not a luxury; it’s a necessity,” says Dr. Wright. Some services allow for children to be dropped for a Parent’s Night Out or you can hire someone to come to the house. “It’s ok to say ‘I need a breather’, ‘I need time with you,’ or ‘I need time with our other child,’” says Dr. Wright. Having one-on-one time with your typically developing child is very important too.

Dr. Wright recommends scheduling something regularly because it’s so easy to let life keep going and then you’ve waited too long. At least once a month is what she recommends. It’s ok to honor the fact that it’s stressful for parents. It’s an unquestionable necessity in life, she says; “we brush our teeth and we get a break.” You wouldn’t skip brushing your teeth, would you? So, you don’t skip taking a break either.

“Not every family is affected by autism, but everyone can help promote awareness,” says Dr. Wright. The Act of Autism link on the Easter Seals page includes an awareness petition you can sign and send along to friends. It also includes several corporate sponsors and contests to enter for additional support.

One of the contests you can enter now until September 30, 2010 is the 21st Century Child contest sponsored by Century 21 Real Estate LLC. Parents can upload a photo of their child, autistic or not, and send that photo through their social network to build donation pledges. The child who drives the most donations will be named the 2010 21st Century Child of the Year. Century 21 will donate up to $1 million for this contest. Prizes include a $2,100 Apple Gift Card for the grand prize, and an Apple iPad for the next six highest fundraisers.

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Cell phone reviews Mon, 03 Aug 2009 03:43:56 +0000 Confused by all the new cell phone technology and features? What about the latest accessories for cell phones? Just read through this site for comparisons and explanations of those latest and greatest gadgets.
Read this iphone review – The iPhone 3GS finally adds common cell phone features like multimedia messaging, video recording, and voice dialing. It runs faster; its promised battery life is longer; and the multimedia quality continues to shine. The iPhone 3GS’ call quality shows no improvements and the 3G signal reception remains uneven. We still don’t get Flash Lite, USB transfer and storage, or multitasking. The iPhone 3GS doesn’t make the same grand leap that the iPhone 3G made from the first-generation model, but the latest Apple handset is still a compelling upgrade for some users. The iPhone 3GS is faster and we appreciate the new features and extended battery life, but call quality and 3G reception still need improvement.
Fin many other phones with reviews that are equal to iphone. This way you can read in simple language about a phone and understand it before you buy one.

Cell phone reviews

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iFart Mobile Sat, 20 Dec 2008 02:37:24 +0000 Today’s site is going to be bit controversial. We deliberated quite some time before deciding to post it.
As you undoubtedly know, the iPhone is much more than a cell phone. It is a complete mobile computer with email, web browsing, contact management and so much more.
Ever since the opening of Apple’s iTunes app store, there have been over 10,000 applications made availabe to the public.
This review focuses on one of the baser, and more entertaining, apps. It’s called iFart Mobile.

And yes. It is exactly as it sounds. iFart is a sound machine that makes noises of flatulence.
And the darned thing is funny!
The app is stylishly done, so it doesn’t look like just another app.
Along with a number of sounds you can choose from, iFart Mobile has two additional features which none of the other similar apps have. (There are more than TWENTY fart apps in the store now. iFart is clearly the most fun.)
The Sneak Attack feature allows you to set a countdown timer and catch someone off guard.
The Security Fart feature allows you to leave your phone alone by blasting a selected fart from your phone if someone should try to lift your iPhone.
This app was mentioned on Techcrunch, MSNBC and many other sources.
If you want a good laugh, watch this video.

Is it appropriate for a family-friendly site?
Sure. It’s just gas. And the kids LOVE it. Let yourself go and you might find that you love it as well.
If you want to get the app, click here for iFart Mobile

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What Linux Will Look Like in 2012 Fri, 22 Aug 2008 00:59:43 +0000 In 2007, Microsoft released Vista amid much hoopla.
Today, over a year later, Vista has been called a triumph by a select few.
It has been reviled by many, many more.
Vista supporters claim that its nbumbers compare very favorably with those of XP a year after its 2001 release.
I was there. I don’t recall any “I Hate XP” movements on the web.
Prediiction: Four years from now, barring a massive overhaul of Windows which would turn around users’ perceptions of Microsoft’s customer service, Linux will be taking a big enough share of home and business users’ desktops to have a significant effect on Redmond’s dominance.

First of all, I see Microsoft’s deathlock as the only option of preinstalled operating systems on new PC’s loosening considerably. Consumers have made it clear that they don’t like Vista’s massive hardware requirements, the wholesale overhaul of the desktop experience every time a new release of Windows comes around, and Microsoft’s assuming you’re guilty unless Windows Genuine Advantage proves that you’re innocent.
In the meantime, Linux, which was too geeky for yours truly to attempt to run four years ago, will be easier and more intuitive for the average home user in 2012. Additionally, it will play ball with existing Windows networks and applications much more transparently than it does today. And most importantly, PC manufacturers will see that it’s in their own best interests to offer consumers a genuine alternative to Microsoft.
I’ve been running Linux exclusively at home and at work since about a month after Vista’s release.
If it keeps improving the way it has the last four years, I predict that its numbers will surpass those of Apple by 2012.
Then, watch the snowball grow!

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iTunes U Fri, 08 Aug 2008 00:02:03 +0000 Do you have an iPod?
Are you interested in furthering your education? For FREE?
Then today’s FamilyFirst pick is for you: iTunes U.
You see, an iPod is more than a music playing device.
It can also be used to help you learn!
Here’s how they sum up what they have to offer here:

iTunes U puts the power of the iTunes Store to work for colleges, universities, and other education organizations, so users can easily search, download, and play education content just like they do music, movies, and TV shows.

It’s a snap! You just search for course content just like you do anything else at the iTunes Store!
So instead of spending all day long just listening to tunes, why not set aside a little time for your education? Perhaps learn a new language? Maybe brush up on your IT skills? Or perhaps help yourself earn that degree?

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Foodpairing Sat, 15 Dec 2007 00:21:15 +0000 foodpairing.jpgWhat foods go well with what foods? Have you ever pondered that question?
The fact is that some foods simply go better with certain other foods.
I’m not talking about obvious ones, like meat and potatoes. I’m talking more subtle combinations, like, say, salmon and cauliflower.
Sounds good, doesn’t it? That’s because the two flavors complement each other.
Today’s FamilyFirst pick is called Foodpairing. Here’s their mission:

A list was made of 250 food products each with their major flavour components. By comparing the flavour of each food product eg strawberry with the rest of the food and their flavours, new combinations like strawberry with peas can be made. The way to use is, is just to select a food product like strawberries. You will get a plot where you have strawberry in the middle surrounded by other food products. Take one of those other food products and try to make a new recipe by combining those two. The more flavours food products have in common the shorter the distance between the food products.

Interesting stuff for folks like myself who enjoy freelancing recipes. For instance, apple complements many types of fish. Hmm . . .

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Belkin Sun, 11 Feb 2007 00:56:24 +0000 My old Linksys router kicked the bucket yesterday. It had been “coughing up blood” for a while, randomly dropping connections, but it served me well for the last five years.
So, I strolled into the local discount store to buy another. I’m not using wireless at this point, but I went ahead and got a wireless Belkin router. The world is rapidly moving towards wireless, and I might as well get ready in my house.
Setting up my Linksys wasn’t too difficult for me, after all, I am a professional geek. But it would have been pretty hard on a layman.
It was with that in mind that I plugged in my Belkin CD-ROM. I was very pleasantly surprised at how easy it went.
You see, we nerdy types tend to avoid things like setup wizards. We prefer to just jump in and do things manually. Wizards are generally written for newbies, and we impatiently blast through the baby steps. But the Belkin wizard was different.

First of all, it didn’t load any software on my system. Good on them. I hate installs that load lots of unnecessary junk on my PC, especially when it writes itself to the run at startup part of my registry. Apple’s QuickTime and the Real player are two notorious examples.
But this wizard ran straight from the CD, and it got the job done with minimal fluff. It was able to determine that my ISP needed a username and password and prompted for them when needed. And once it was finished, it wrote everything to the router’s BIOS and then confirmed that the internet was connected and that my wireless connection was safely encrypted via WPA.
The only thing I would like to see improved about the process would have been to make you set a password for the web interface. By default, it’s blank. But connections from the internet are shut off by default, so I guess that’s not the end of the world.
With that, I present today’s FamilyFirst pick: Belkin’s internet home. Having had a good experience with my Belkin router, I recommend you get one for yourself. It’s quite a sophisticated tool for less than forty bucks.

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History of the Button Tue, 02 Jan 2007 00:38:22 +0000 While researching an article on pushbutton transmissions for my site IRememberJFK, I stumbled onto this quirky, fascinating, fun offering: The History of the Button.
The webmaster, Bill DeRouchey, is simply obsessed with buttons! The kind of buttons you push, that is.
His articles may go deeply in depth about buttons and where they originated, what they do, why they exist, etc. But sometimes it’s just a lightweight little lark that will put a grin on your face.
Just check out some of his categories on pushbuttons: apple, appliances, cars, cheese, and women. Unfortunately, the women buttons are NOT designed to help clueless husbands understand them better!

The entire site is tongue-in-cheek, and I think you’ll be as fascinated as I was.
Note this quote from Jeopardy champion Ken Jennings on the secret of how to win:

Ringing in early actually deactivates your buzzer for a fifth of a second or so, long enough for somebody else to beat you. So ringing in too early is as fatal as ringing in too late. There’s a narrow “sweet spot” somewhere in there, just like swinging a baseball bat or a tennis racket…

Fascinating, fun stuff. And DeRouchey has simply loaded a website with lots more just like it. I particularly enjoyed his take on the handheld Merlin electronic gamethat came out in the late 70’s. He waxes melancholy about how its instructions were intended to help the user, rather than protect the company with legalese.
So pop in to History of the Button, and plan on spending some time there. And be prepared to smile a lot.

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