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Family First » experiences http://familyfirst.com Servings Families Online since 1998 Fri, 02 Oct 2015 20:25:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 Camping Guide – camping tips and advicehttp://familyfirst.com/camping-guide-camping-tips-and-advice.html http://familyfirst.com/camping-guide-camping-tips-and-advice.html#comments Mon, 31 Aug 2009 03:44:50 +0000 http://familyfirst.sandbox.infomediainc.com/?p=4098 This website is the result of our passion for camping, outdoor recreation and our overall interest in nature. We look forward to sharing our experiences and enjoyment of the outdoors with you. These moments have truly enriched and shaped our lives in many ways.
We strive to be your complete information resource to the outdoors. We offer an all-in-one camping guide, campground directories, quality camping and outdoor gear, RV resources, a hiking section, current outdoor news and much more for you to explore. We will continue to update and expand its content as a way to help you plan and enjoy your next outdoor adventure. If you can’t find what you are looking for, please let us know so that we may add this information to better serve your needs.
The Love the Outdoors website is now a recognized resource to a ton of people who enjoy camping and outdoor recreation. We invite you to learn from us and share with us. We truly believe that there is no greater joy than those experienced in the outdoors.

Camping Guide – camping tips and advice

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Angie’s Listhttp://familyfirst.com/angies-list.html http://familyfirst.com/angies-list.html#comments Sat, 16 May 2009 03:11:53 +0000 http://familyfirst.sandbox.infomediainc.com/?p=3992 More than 750,000 consumers use Angie’s List
to find high quality service companies and health care professionals in
over 400 categories. From plumbers and painters to dentists and
dermatologists, reviews come directly from homeowners in your area.
Angie’s List is where you’ll find thousands of unbiased reports and reviews about service companies in your area. Our members share their experiences with each other so that you can choose the service company that’s right for your job the first time around.
Whenever you need a plumber, roofer, electrician, auto mechanic, landscaper or any other type of service company, contact Angie’s List by phone, fax, website or by visiting one of our chapters. You will receive the names and numbers of companies with which other members have had good experiences. They will also tell you what type of work they have done for other members and what they thought of their prices, whether they were punctual, polite, finished the work on time, etc. Once the work is finished, contact Angie’s List and share your feedback about your service experience. Your input will become part of that company’s rating on Angie’s List. Of course, you do have to be a member of Angie’s List to participate.

Save Ten With Angie's List!

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TweakGuidehttp://familyfirst.com/tweakguide.html http://familyfirst.com/tweakguide.html#comments Mon, 16 Oct 2006 00:16:57 +0000 http://familyfirst.sandbox.infomediainc.com/?p=3325 In a perfect world, computers fire up and run perfectly right out of the box.
This is not a perfect world.
The fact is that no matter what operating system you are running, no matter what game you are playing, no matter which application you’re running, there are always tweaks that will make it run better.
That’s what today’s FamilyFirst site is all about: TweakGuides. Here’s their mission:

TweakGuides.com is devoted to providing you with a range of detailed tweak guides to help you understand and optimize your computer. The place to start your tweaking is with the TweakGuides Tweaking Companion a free 175 page guide.

That’s right, you can download a pdf with 175 pages of tweaks for nearly every OS, game, or app out there!
Or, you can read up on the site itself about a particular tweak that you need.
I particularly enjoyed reading up on the author’s experiences with a bad hosting company. I can relate, having run into serious problems with some Italian outfit in 1998.
Mr. Ghazi, the webmaster, had a horrible experience with one hosting company (which he names). The result is that he has come up with a list of ten rules to follow when signing up with a hosting service. The rules are good, common sense.
So browse the site, see if you can find the tweak that will make your life run a little better.

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Chilhowee Glider Rideshttp://familyfirst.com/chilhowee-glider-rides.html http://familyfirst.com/chilhowee-glider-rides.html#comments Wed, 17 May 2006 00:52:22 +0000 http://familyfirst.sandbox.infomediainc.com/?p=3183 A fellow I work with turned me on to today’s FamilyFirst site.
He was vacationing in eastern Tennessee (he like to paddle kayaks down raging rivers for fun) and came upon this lady’s business. When he told me about it, I was intrigued enough to make it today’s FamilyFirst pick.
The business (and website) is called Chilhowee Glider Rides. I’ll let them tell you what it’s all about:

Experience the thrill of motorless flight over the beautiful Tennessee countryside and ridges. Admire the Hiawassee River from thousands of feet in the air as you go up like a bird in a warm thermal. On some days you can fly the ridgeline at awesome speeds. Other times you can take hold of the controls with your pilot and feel what it is like to fly a glider through the various air currents that sustain free flight. These are all the joys of soaring at the Chilhowee Gliderport.
Now is that a cool activity, or what? I never even thought about going on a glider flight! And this gal has been doing this since the late 1970’s!
The price is a very reasonable $160 to get a tow to 5,000 feet and enjoy a silent glide savoring the beautiful Tennessee scenery.
You can also receive training to become a glider pilot yourself.
There are lots of neat glider and scenery pics, and also some neat accounts of gliding experiences.
So get your tow,cut loose, and soar the thermals with today’s FamilyFirst site!

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The Biography Channel.comhttp://familyfirst.com/the-biography-channel-com.html http://familyfirst.com/the-biography-channel-com.html#comments Fri, 09 Sep 2005 01:26:13 +0000 http://familyfirst.sandbox.infomediainc.com/?p=2940 One of the most fascinating types of books to read is biography. They also make interesting films to watch. Learning about how famous (and infamous) people have lived their lives, and how they achieved their fame and notoriety are often learning experiences. Today’s Family First Site looks at a site that makes biographies the focal spot of their site.

Called Biography.com, this site is the online presence of the cable television network The Biography Channel. Here you can find out just about anything about just about anyone. There are daily features on who was born on the current day, television listing for the channel, as well as the parent network Arts & Entertainment, as well as Biography magazine highlights. You can shop at the Biography store, find out about the Biography book club, and enjoy other features at this ever-changing site.
So if you are looking for information on a certain person, whether in this millennium or the last (or even several millenium’s ago), this is the site for you. Be sure to bookmark it, as it can be a valuable resource for you or a student you know.

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Adsense Chathttp://familyfirst.com/adsense-chat.html http://familyfirst.com/adsense-chat.html#comments Fri, 26 Aug 2005 00:01:46 +0000 http://familyfirst.sandbox.infomediainc.com/?p=2926
There’s no sense like AdSense.
That statement might not make much sense to you unless you are a user of the Google AdSense contextual advertising program. You see “Ads by Goooogle” all over the web. They come in the form of text links that take you to a sponsor site. The beauty of the program is that ads displayed on a site are usually relevant to the content found on the web page. In fact, if you look closely you’ll even find Google ads on this page. Today’s site is a fantastic resource that no AdSense publisher should miss.

The name of the site is AdsenseChat.com, a forum for the web’s AdSense publishers to discuss the Google AdSense program. This site is free to join, free to register and free to discuss AdSense with other users… for now. The owners will be implementing a subscription-based service soon, so I recommend joining while the price is right. If you are a web site publisher and use AdSense, this site provides a vast resource for learning from the experiences of others. Your messages will be read by thousands of visitors, so don’t be afraid to ask a question.
Since AdSense publishers make money whenever a visitor clicks an ad on their web site, members in these forums discuss the best ways to implement and display Google Ads on their pages. Sites are critiqued and opinions are given, providing users with a “think tank” of sorts. As of this writing, the site has nearly 1000 members and I suspect that will increase dramatically as the number of AdSense publishers continues to increase.
It seems that the more technology changes, the more it remains the same. Sharing information with fellow users who have common interests is part of what makes the Internet so much fun. As much as the Internet has changed this type of communication, it will be interesting to see how much more it will change in the future.

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The Interview With Godhttp://familyfirst.com/the-interview-with-god.html http://familyfirst.com/the-interview-with-god.html#comments Sun, 13 Mar 2005 00:11:29 +0000 http://familyfirst.sandbox.infomediainc.com/?p=2761 In the early 1950’s there was film made called “The Next Voice You Hear”. It starred James Whitmore and Nancy Davis (the former First Lady). It was the story of what happened when God spoke to the world over the radio for a week. It was an entertaining and thought provoking movie that ran rampant with the 1950’s concept of family values. But underneath the plot was a message that came through then and still sounds loud today. That message is that God loves us, and will care for and protect us. When I came across today’s Family First Site, it made me think of that film, and of that message.

The site is called “The Interview With God”. The site is is part of the Get Inspired Now series which includes Pathways to Peace, and other spiritual and uplifting messages. Their goal is to create beautiful, inspiring presentations that make a positive difference in the lives of millions of people around the world.
Their mission statement is “In a world of uncertain times, we strive to be a gentle reminder that we are not alone. Our mission is to make a positive contribution to the well-being of our world, and to be a major and measurable force for good on the World Wide Web, by creating experiences of inspiration that warm the heart and touch the soul.” In viewing this site, it reminds one of the message of the above movie, that there is an all-present, all-loving God, who will always love and never forsake us.
I won’t quote the interview here, since that would spoil your visit to the site. The interview is also presented with the latest Macromedia 7 technology, using some very beautiful photograhs. You can share your testimonial with others, and also see how this site has impacted and changed their lives.
“Do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed for I am your God.”
Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

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Extreme iPodhttp://familyfirst.com/extreme-ipod.html http://familyfirst.com/extreme-ipod.html#comments Wed, 16 Feb 2005 00:04:39 +0000 http://familyfirst.sandbox.infomediainc.com/?p=2737 We have been exploring sites that complement the Apple iPod MP3 over the past few weeks. Having been an iPod user now for over a year, there are two things that I find amazing about it: 1) the technology that it is incorporated into it, and 2) the tremendous support of the user base, both for the iPod itself and any aftermarket add-ons, whether it is software or hardware. K know there are other MP3 players available, but I have yet to see one that has the support of it’s user base like the iPod has. Today Family First Site looks at another site that provides excellent information.

The name of the site is called Extreme iPod. It is a site that is maintained by Ziff-Davis Media. The purpose of the site is to help users to customize, optimize, and maximize their iPod experiences. The site features reviews, news, tips, and free stuff area. Their reviews are well written and easy to understand. They also have some unique twists to them. One of the current ones tells about the experience of getting a 40gb iPod for 1/2 price at an electronics store, and the experiences he had making it work. The free stuff area has some good utilities, such as one called Copy Pod. It allows you to download your iPods contents to your computer before you have to send it in for repair, or if you have used the system updater.
The are some interesting stories as well. Such as the user who took four iPod shuffles and made them into a RAID array. )Neat trick, I would just like to know where he was able to find FOUR shuffles, as I haven’t been able to find any). The section on Hack is great if you are techie minded user, as is the Download section. The Add-Ons area has the latest accessories information.
This site is well maintained, but it is a little more than a fan site since it is maintained by a professional publication. But the information contained here is quite good, and the presentation format makes it easy to read and navigate the site.

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Sena Caseshttp://familyfirst.com/sena-cases.html http://familyfirst.com/sena-cases.html#comments Tue, 19 Oct 2004 00:28:34 +0000 http://familyfirst.sandbox.infomediainc.com/?p=2618 Anyone who has known me for very long knows that I am on the eternal quest for the perfect PDA, or Personal Data Assistant. I have tried Palm OS-based devices, from the Palm III to the Sony Clie line (I loved the UX50!). I have also dabbled in the Windows CE and Pocket PC, having used Ipaqs, Jornadas and Casseopias, among others. But what I have learned from these experiences is that the devices themselves are nice, but the accesories available for them can have a big impact on their usefulness as well. Foremost among these is a good case. I mean, you spend hundreds of dollars on one, you would like to protect it as much as possilbe. Thus we arrive at the subject of today’s Family First site.

The site we look at today is for Sena Cases, one of the best all around PDA case makers that I have found. They have managed to find that niche where they turn out a quality product, for a price that would send you away with your head shaking. They feature cases for just about every current model of PDA (and some older ones as well). They are available in a variety of colors and designs, and you can get both belt clip versions and non-belt clip ones. They are also starting to feature cases for the Apple and HP Ipod MP3 players. They have just released a series of new models for the new HP Ipaq series, and are currently developing a series of cases for new Blueberry models.
So if you are looking for a quality PDA case, you have my highest recommendation for the Sena cases. I have used several of them, and have been nothing but satisfied.


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AnandTechhttp://familyfirst.com/anandtech-3.html http://familyfirst.com/anandtech-3.html#comments Tue, 28 Sep 2004 00:45:53 +0000 http://familyfirst.sandbox.infomediainc.com/?p=2597 It seems, as far as computer go these days, that every time one turns around there is new technology to learn about. The challenges of what ram to use, what motherboard to consider, or should I buy a system or build one. Today’s FamSite is one that helps one to understand those technical jungles, and make a well-informed decision.

The site is called AnandTech, and is named after the editor-in-chief and CEO of the site. Here you can find out about the latest products that are available to consumers. Whether you are looking for a motherboard (as I was), or wanting to find out about the latest trend in what kind of ram you should put in your machine, you will find the information here. There are well written and easy to understand reviews, broken into different component areas. You can subscribe to updates that will notify you when new items are posted, as well as participate in online polls. One thing I really liked about the site was being able to write the author of an article about a motherboard he reviewed, and I purchased. He not only replied, but we exchanged information about our experiences with that particular board.
This is a great site to bookmark, and keep as a reference site. Who knows when you or someone you know will need it. Enjoy your visit here today.


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