Family First » odds Servings Families Online since 1998 Fri, 02 Oct 2015 20:25:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Wikipedia: Mozilla Firefox Sat, 13 Sep 2008 00:21:14 +0000 Today’s FamilyFirst pick will combine two of my favorite things: Wikipedia, and Firefox.
Wikipedia, YOUR encyclopedia, is the source for much of the research that I use for my Boomer nostalgia blog.
If you type a search subject into Google, odds are that Wikipedia’s entry on the subject will come up high on the list.
The other part of the equation is YOUR web browser, Firefox.
If you’re still using the default browser that came with your computer, it is probably Internet Explorer.

IE is renowned for its security holes. If you value your privacy, you should consider installing the latest version of Firefox.
Anyhow, read up on the history of the web’s best browser at today’s FamilyFirst pick.
And look at what is planned for future releases. Your web browsing experience will soon be smoother than ever.

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Bunny Letter Opener Tue, 22 Jul 2008 00:14:45 +0000 All right, you home-office people, listen up!
You are allowed by the IRS to deduct any business expenses. This includes office supplies like pens, pencils, tape, and, of course, lletter openers.
Now, it’s time to use your imagination.
Let’s say you need a letter opener. I have a couple of freebies that I picked up at trade shows. But if you want something a little nicer, consider buying a nice solid brass, or possibly silver-or gold-plated version.
OR, you can go down to the pet shop and score yourself a bunny letter opener!

That’s the subject of today’s FamilyFirst pick. It’s a short movie of the gen-u-ine bunny letter opener in action.
You’ll be delighted. You’ll be surprised. And you’ll be calling your CPA to see what the odds are that you can pick one up and write it off.
Enjoy! I think you will…

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Microsoft Peaks Thu, 09 Aug 2007 00:30:30 +0000 First of all, for those who have (rightfully) accused me of being over the top in my respect and admiration for Linux, let me reassure you that today’s FamilyFirst offering is not a Linux gush.
Microsoft has peaked. Their dominance of the desktop is at its pinnacle. I fearlessly predict that a year from today, it will not own as high a percentage of the consumer OS market as it does at this very minute.
The reason is that Vista is by far the most intrusive, the most cantankerous, and the most resource-intensive operating system that they have ever produced. And odds are whatever comes next will be everything that is bad about Vista, and worse.

The reason is that Microsoft has shown a strong inclination to put its own interests ahead of those of its customers.
For instance, take the WGA tool. It is installed by default on XP via automatic updates. If you are smarter than the average user, you can turn down its installation. But most people approve any and all updates, because updating your Windows system is essential to keep the steady stream of security vulnerabilities under control, and who has time to inspect every update?
So, you end up with a piece of crapware on your system that does you ABSOLUTELY NO GOOD. Instead, it alerts Microsoft in case the software deems your system to be pirated.
And its accuracy leaves much to be desired. Tech forums are full of stories of users who tested falsely positive for Pirated XP and can no longer download many program updates from Microsoft.
And, according to today’s FamilyFirst pick, a Lockergnome article about two updates released for Vista that have been clamored for for months. The part that convinces me that Microsoft will play less and less a part in home computers? The fact that the clueless clods make you VALIDATE YOUR VISTA SYSTEM before you can install the updates!
Wait a minute, wasn’t Vista supposed to be uncrackable? SO WHY PUT CUSTOMERS THROUGH A PROCESS THAT IS SO ANNOYING??
So here’s to Microsoft, who definitely benefited the home computer business by establishing the DOD/Windows standard for software development, but who has let the lust for profits and disregard for customers cause them to begin to lose their home PC dominance.
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The Grand Comic-Book Database Tue, 03 Jul 2007 00:18:45 +0000 I grew up reading comic books. I LOVED them.
My faves were Archie, Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, The Flash, The Justice League of America, and Captain America. I think the DC checker-top comics of the 60’s were the most gorgeous ever made.
But, we all have our opinions. No matter which comic book you prefer, odds are it is featured in the massive database at the Grand Comic-Book Database.

Here’s their mission:

We intend to catalog key story information, creator information, and other information which is useful to readers, fans, hobbyists, researchers.
Our goal is to include all the comic books ever published.
We will use a broad definition of Comic Book; a comic book is 50% or more art and/or pictures which tell a story. (If there is a question, that book can be included. This definition eliminates any electronic comics. It includes small print run fanzines & minicomics.)

And they have done an amazing job so far. I looked up numerous issues I remembered from my youth, including some really obscure ones (like The Prez, from 1973, grand total of four issues produced), and found them ALL. If you’re a comics collector, or if you just want to relive a bit of your youth, you’ll have a blast at GCD.

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The Monkees Home Page Sat, 13 Jan 2007 00:47:38 +0000 It was a bizarre idea. Run an ad in the paper seeking four hungry musicians. Pick out four from the applicants, and select them based on their camera-worthiness. Have them perform together on a weekly TV comedy.
What are the odds that such an incredible scenario could ever work?
Pretty long, I’m sure, but they managed to pull it off.
Today’s FamilyFirst site is The Monkees Home Page. Their mission can be neatly summed up thusly, in their own words:

Who are The Monkees? How did it all happen? Find out about the 60’s pop culture phenomenon that started out as a TV show about a band and became a band without a TV show.
At first, the foursome dubbed vocals over music provided by others. But they were real musicians (well, at least two of them were) and demanded to make their own music.
Eventually, they did record a couple of albums on their own. And the first one was one of the better rock and roll albums ever recorded. That’s pretty amazing, considering that two of the group (Dolenz and Jones) were ACTORS, not musicians!
This site is a massive organized collection of links to sites that specialize in Monkee information. Google has made many sites like this unnecessary, but if you are a fan of the group, you’ll have a blast looking through the comprehensive library of sites.
Fore further reading, check out my own memories of the Monkees at

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craigslist Sat, 16 Dec 2006 00:21:14 +0000 Today’s FamilyFirst site is one of those whose content speaks for itself. In fact, there’s not a whole lot I can add in my description. But, I’ll make a valiant try to make my writeup column-length anyway ;-).
The site is the ultimate online want ads presentation. Its unpretentious all-lower-case name sums it up. It doesn’t toot its own horn. It doesn’t have to.
The site is craigslist.

Founded in 1995 by Craig Newmark in San Francisco, it has grown from a local want ads site to the ultimate posting spot if you’re looking for a job, a couch, a pet, a car, or any other conceivable thing, you’ll probably find it here.
The index has grown to over 300 cities. The nearby town of Fayetteville, Arkansas is close enough for me to find stuff close enough for me to drive up and have a look.
Now, before I catch the same grief that I get when a TV show that has a family-safe website puts something questionable on the airwaves, let me put this caveat in: The site is not exactly censored, although it is monitored. If you look in the personals, odds are you’ll see something that may well offend you.
My advice: check out ads for stuff that interests you. Don’t look for trouble.
With that in mind, get the listing that’s close to home for you and have a look. Post a free ad if you’re so inclined. They do charge for certain ads, but most are free.

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Schwinn Sting-Ray Thu, 23 Nov 2006 00:38:02 +0000 The year was 1963. Detroit had just introduced the muscle car. Small-bodied vehicles were being produced with big-block V-8’s, stiff suspensions, and lots of style.
The world was ready for a shocking new look in bicycles. Schwinn, the premier bike manufacturer, took notice.
That year, they released the Sting-Ray.
The Sting-Ray was the original, and ultimate banana-seat bike. It was also pricey. Many of us had to settle for lower-priced clones. But its high price didn’t stop Schwinn from selling a million of them in 1968 alone!

Today’s FamilyFirst site is the official Schwinn Sting-Ray presentation.
There was nothing better than being the proud owner of a genuine Sting-Ray in the 60’s. It was durable, reliable, and could stand up to countless jumps.
They were also begging to be customized. You could loosen the monkey bars and sweep them down. You could buy a custom colored seat. And, sweetest of all, you could mount a sissy bar.
Schwinn began remanufacturing classic Sting-Rays in 2004. They now offer unbelievably tricked-out models that resemble custom Harleys.
Perhaps you had to settle for a knock-off in the 60’s. Hey, splurge a bit and go buy your kid a genuine Sting-Ray. Odds are he’ll be telling his kids about it years into the future.

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wikiHow Sun, 27 Aug 2006 00:29:36 +0000 How do you do that, anyway?
All of us have wondered how to do tasks that are strange to us. Perhaps we are embarking on a construction project in our home. Or maybe we are tackling a job on our automobile. Or maybe we just want to know how to peel an onion.
No matter what it is we seek to know how to do, the odds are good that it will be covered at today’s FamilyFirst site: wikiHow. Here’s what they have to say about themselves:

wikiHow is a collaborative writing project to build the world’s largest how-to manual. With your contributions, we can create a free resource that helps people by offering clear, concise solutions to the problems of everyday life. wikiHow currently contains 10,743 articles written, edited, and maintained primarily by volunteers. Please join us by writing a new page, or editing a page that someone else has started.
Get the idea? Not only can you LEARN here, you can also contribute your knowledge.
What is covered here? The variety of subjects is amazing. For instance, did you have the good fortune to marry a beautiful woman? I did, eat your hearts out! 😉 Does it bug you that other guys look at her? WikiHow tells you how you might handle it.
The more mundane things are covered, too. Do you have a broken fan control switch in a 1998-2001 Intrepid? It’s you lucky day! A how-to tells you what to do.
So if you’re wondering how to tackle a tough task, pop into today’s FamilyFirst site and learn how.

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John Grisham Books and Flicks Tue, 16 May 2006 00:36:00 +0000 Okay, John Grisham fans (and I know there are a whole bunch of you out there), today’s FamilyFirst site is for you!
I really don’t know why someone hasn’t come up with this idea before. Grisham books vs. the flicks. Better or worse?
Now I know, you’re automatically going to take the author’s side. After all, the book is ALWAYS better than the movie, right?

Well, the website’s creator makes a pretty good point for the movie The Firm’s ending kicking butt on the book’s original premise.
Here’s their mission:
Welcome, John Grisham fans everywhere! Have you ever read a Grisham book, then watched the movie, and went “Huh???” Why did they change it so much??? Then, afterward, did you say “Ya know what? That movie was actually BETTER than the book! Or, perhaps you said “That stinks! They should have stayed with the book plot!” Well, that’s what this site is all about. I’ll start with posting my opinion about whether a film was better or worse than the movie, then you either holler “rat own!” or you tell me why I’m full of baloney. The rules are simple: this is a family-safe site. Please keep your comments pg-rated. Any violations will be promptly edited or removed, depending on what kind of mood I’m in. After all, Grisham is a non-age-specific type of author. Odds are your twelve-year-old daughter has read him, as well as your sweet grandmother. Use language that won’t offend either one, please. Also, please note that spoilers are rampant here! If you have not yet read a book or seen a movie, do both before reading their entries here! So have fun, and chime in with your thoughts!
The site is young, so there are only two entries. But they are pretty provocative, and the harried webmaster asks for your request on what’s next.
So read the commentary, let him know what you think, and let him know what Grisham book/movie needs the next review!

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The Real Rudy Ruttiger Tue, 22 Jul 2003 00:11:01 +0000 In the annals of college football, one school that stands above the rest is the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. Their tradition and excellence in this sport is legendary. It is the dream of many young men to play for this team, but few ever achieve that dream. Today’s FamSite is about one man who did, and in doing so how it shaped his life.

Called The Real Rudy Ruettiger, this is the site of a boy who grew up wanting to play football. But all his life he was told he was too young, or too small, or not smart enough. He overcame those odds and achieved that goal. You may have seen the film that he inspired called “Rudy”. Here you can see how he has taken that same drive and energy that got him onto the playing field, and used it to help others achieve their dreams and goals. His positive messages such as “Yes I Can”, “It Starts With a Dream”, and “It’s Always Too Soon to Quit” are found all over his site. You can find out about his speaking engagements, his life story, the Rudy Foundation, and other interesting details.

The message that Rudy talks about both here at his site and in his every day life make this a very special site. It is one that you can pass to your friends and associates who will enjoy it as much as you have. Enjoy your stop here today.

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