[dba-Tech] DropBox, Retirement, and other topics

Arthur Fuller fuller.artful at gmail.com
Wed Oct 20 19:21:53 CDT 2021

I'll loo up HighTail and see what I can do.
Susan, if I knew how to do that I wouldn't have posed the question. I
thought that DropBox was one way to use the cloud, but what do I know?
A week ago -- no, 10 days ago, I suffered a fall, backwards to the hardwood
floor, and landed squarely on the back of my head, with a concussion. I
spent the next week in bed, barely able to make it to the bathroom, and to
the kitchen to feed the cats, and in each direction having to cling to
chairs etc. to complete the journey. I didn't even eat for three days --
too much effort required, even to scramble an egg or toast a bagel. I
couldn't even answer the phone. Thankfully most of the symptoms have
passed, and once again I can type. As it happens, my current client and
long-time friend is familiar with what I've been going through. His son, a
hockey player, got banged in're ato the boards and suffered a concussion,
so is familiar with the turf, and he said, "Don't worry about our app. Fix
yourself first and when you are ready, we can continue. But not until you
are ready."

Nobody so far has elected to respond to my question about Passing the
Reins. Is this because nobody but me has thought about this? This list is
comprised of a lot of, say, old;s hands at the game. More brutally, Death's
Coming Knocking at My Door. And yours too, soon. Have you planned an exit
strategy for your clients, a method of handing off your apps to someone who
can take your place and continue development/enhancements/etc.? And if not,
why not? Shouldn't that be part of our service to our clients?

On Wed, Oct 20, 2021 at 7:21 PM Rocky Smolin <rockysmolin2 at gmail.com> wrote:

> I use Hightail - free.
> r
> On Wed, Oct 20, 2021 at 3:18 PM Arthur Fuller <fuller.artful at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > I'm looking for a (ideally free, but a small cost is also acceptable) way
> > to send and receive files with a small number of people, currently one. I
> > used to use WinRAR to create an archive file and then simply send it
> using
> > Gmail, but lately Gmail has been busting me thinking that the RAR file
> > might contain malicious content.
> > I looked at DropBox but a) it costs, and b) I don't need all its
> features,
> > which seem designed for file-sharing among family and friends. At the
> > moment, all I want is a way to send my client updates to our
> > Access+Excel+SQL Server project. I want only him to be able to get to
> these
> > files.
> > I used to think that I'd retired,, but as Michael Corleone said, "I keep
> > trying to get out, but they keep dragging me back in." So while at the
> > moment, there's only one client who has dragged me back in, I'm expecting
> > more knocks on the metaphorical door. The price to pay for developing
> > complex apps. Everyone is  replaceable, myself included, but at what
> cost?
> > Given an app that uses 200+ tables, and many more queries, and is
> dedicated
> > to a particular professional niche, and your selection of the best and
> > brightest young graduates, it remains one hell of a learning curve. Hence
> > the phone call(s).
> > Don't get me wrong. I appreciated the call, and the chance to do some
> more
> > work and make the app even better. More than that, my friend and client
> has
> > injected some adrenaline into my brain and made me eager to code again,
> > when I thought I was done with all that. It's sort of "intellectual
> > Viagra". It has put a little spring in my step.
> > I digress. To restate the conundrum, I want a secure way to exchange
> files
> > between Developer (me) and Client (one person). And I'm preparing to have
> > to repeat this scenario, each time involving one Developer and one
> Client,
> > because I know that the phone is going to ring again, and soon.
> >
> > One more thing. The fact is that I'm growing old, and while currently my
> > hat is still in the game, my client and I have to anticipate the day
> when I
> > am no longer able to serve. As mentioned above, the app in question is
> > complex and requires detailed knowledge of its domain. How do my Client
> and
> > I prepare for the day when the reins pass from me to a new stagecoach
> > driver?
> > I've known lots of people on this list for years, if not decades, and so
> > I'm surmising that lots of you are my age, give or take a few years, and
> > also seasoned in writing complex apps.
> > Have you considered the issue I'll call *Passing the Reins*? If so,
> please
> > share your plans.
> >
> > --
> > Arthur
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