Friday, September 30, 2011

Big Family Recipes Sept 30, 2011

We'd like to consider alternatives to posting all family recipes on restricted web pages at One alternative is posting some content on a food and wine blog. Reconsidering visibility and editing access (read more) are other options. We welcome and encourage all suggestions. To see the announcement in detail on our family Message Board, please Sign-in here.

How do you want to access family recipes? Please share your thoughts in comments.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

See our Dynamic Views demo Sept 29, 2011

Browse our demo of Dynamic Views that Blogger announced September 27, 2011 (here). We chose Flipcard as this week's default (here). During the

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Address Book Edits Sept 28, 2011

Family relocation updates our address list. To view details, please sign-in at the bottom of The current address and phone list is here.

Want to sign-up for our private address book? Email the author with complete contact data!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Dynamic Views | Blogger Buzz Sept 27, 2011

Read about Blogger's new interactive features and looks at Blogger Buzz. We have a customized lay-out on this blog, so we are tinkering with Dynamic Views on

To participate in our testing and re-design, Sign-in at and browse our Tasks list. We'll announce changes here and @BigFamilyNews.

Which of Blogger's new Dynamic Views do you like the most? Let us know in Comments!

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New apps status dashboard improves visibility

Google provides information about how its applications are performing. If something goes wrong and you want to check the status, you can access the "Apps Status Dashboard" that has just been redesigned to be more clutter-free status with a single, continuous timeline.

The new dashboard shows only service disruptions and outages. The size of the dot will indicate the length of outage and the color will indicate the severity. The dot to the left of the service name will show the current status of the service. Read the official announcement here.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Cookbook editing access Sept 17, 2011

Since launching with Page-Level Permissions (more info here), Comments suggest we reconsider the access list. 

Family News and Address Book Changes Sept 17, 2011

Good Saturday morning! We have ready for you. Sign-in at the bottom of to access restricted web pages. You will now find USPO address and telephone numbers on the same rather than separate lists. Please verify your data, and use our online form to update content.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Forwarding Family URLs Sept 15, 2011

Please use our main Internet addresses ( and and update your bookmarks. We want you to always know who you're dealing with online. Towards that end, we will sometimes register domain name variations to thwart another group from using something similar that could compete with our name or confuse our readers.

Consider the example of vs and Presently, our relatives own all three. As you click each one, you'll notice they all return you to the same place because the owners forward the variations to We're starting this way to  make it even easier for you to find us, even if you type in those different URLs.

We inform you when we forward visitors from one URL to another at via URL updates. As appropriate, we'll ask you to sign-in for family-only announcements in detail. You'll also find "Recent URL Changes" at the bottom left corner of this page. Read why we registered domain names here.

Relatives also own and and forward visitors to those URLs to  Again, please use our main Internet addresses ( and and just be aware we route traffic for your convenience and domain name protection.

What do you like about about this new web site? Let us know in comments!

Update Adobe Acrobat Reader Sept 15, 2011

Please download today's free Adobe Acrobat Reader® software update here. You will use this software to open PDF files on our web sites. Read about PDF files and why we use them here. Our safety tip is Adobe Reader® software is not available in any other manner via download, including via E-mail. Go straight to the source!

Please note, depending upon your settings, you may have to temporarily disable your antivirus software. Follow the instructions from your software provider. Thank you for reading. Have a good day!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Google+ or Facebook? Sept 14, 2011

Here is a good summary of the current benefits and differences of Google+ and Facebook. Please also read our latest Social Media FAQ, which includes a section about replies to our Facebook Redux post.

Do you want to use Google+ or Facebook for some family news?  Feel free to share your thoughts in comments. 

Online Security Basics Sept 14, 2011

We can all benefit from a refresher on online security. Thank you for reading a short article or watching YouTube video about these topics:
Choosing a smart password : Basics - Accounts Help
Recovering your password via SMS text
How to know if an Email is real

We're also uploading these videos to our YouTube Channel.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Address Book Edits Sept 12, 2011

We edited one address today; please sign-in at the bottom of The current address and phone list is here.

Want to sign-up for our private address book? Email the author!

Announcing the Blogger app for iOS - Sept 12, 2011

Starting Sept 8, 2011, you can now write a new blog post and publish it immediately or save it as a draft right from your iOS device.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Facebook Rolls Out New Selective Privacy Features Today Sept 7, 2011

Rival Google+ has gotten Facebook's attention. Facebook is making big changes to its privacy and sharing features.

Learn more and get tips from these articles:
How To Use FaceBook's New Selective Privacy Features by Steve Krause at (9/8/11)
The One Facebook Feature You Must Activate Right Now by Jason Sattler at All Facebook (9/7/11)
Better Facebook Sharing by Katherine Boehret at Wall Street Journal (9/7/11)
Go directly to Facebook's introduction here.

Which privacy features do you prefer-- Google+ or Facebook? Let us know in comments!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Status Sept 6, 2011

Our Public Content design review concluded September 1, 2011, and we are revising the web site before a public launch (our process).

Also, a relative registered domain names for our use and we are rolling-out new Page-Level Permissions (more) with those changes. Please watch this blog for more information.

We are keeping open the Public Design Review 225 for artists (more here and here). Please Email the author with any questions.

What do you like most about our public sites? Let us know in comments, or tweet to @BigFamilyNews!

Address Book Edits Sept 6, 2011

We've edited three names in our private address book; please sign-in at the bottom of The current address and phone list is here.

Sign-up for our private address book here. Questions via Email the author.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Browse our Family Cookbook Sept 2, 2011

Just in time for the first Saturday of the college football season, our family recipes sport a new look and streamlined design. Sign-in at the bottom of