My wife and I drove from Dallas to Bucksport, Maine, and back, in August. That's 5500 miles round trip and we had a great time every mile of the way. Here's our little Casita (made in Rice, Texas, south of Dallas) in the RV park at the Casino Queen in East St Louis. This photo was taken looking west near sunset and yes, in the background, that is the St Louis Arch on the other side of the Mississippi.
Very few RV parks have wifi and when they do, it's not usually very good. I did have to do some work for clients as we traveled and was able to use my iPhone as a private hotspot. My Macbook Pro connects to the phone and I can actually launch and use FileMaker Pro. It's not a good solution and I'd never be able to upload or download files that way. But for making quick fixes to client databases, it worked.
Anyway, we're back now in Texas. All the way home we were listening to satellite radio in the truck to keep up with the news about Harvey. We have a lot of close family, friends and many current and former clients living in the affected areas: in Rockport, Victoria, and all around Houston. A couple good friends lost their house. Most of the rest of the folks we've been in touch with have gotten through the storm, if not unscathed, at least not completely devastated. During our twenty years in Houston we lived through several big storms including Alicia (1983) and Alison (2001). One of my clients said in Houston said that Harvey was "much, much worse." Prayers for everybody down there.
"Third-party authentication" means accessing a database using, say, a Google account. I've been trying it out with several of our clients since the start of the summer. Since this was a new feature introduced in May with FileMaker 16, it's taken time to evaluate, but I've finally come to some conclusions. Executive summary: third-party authentication is potentially safer than a native FileMaker account and password. But whether it's actually safer or not, depends on the particular Google account.
I've written a new article going into this in greater depth in our support library. You can read it here: "The pros and cons of third-party authentication."
This has led to a change in my user sign-up process, effective immediately. I used to ask users if they wanted to sign in using Google or a local FileMaker account. I'm not asking any more. All new users now get local FileMaker accounts to start with. If you want to use your Google account to sign in, contact me.
Spent the last few days in the air-conditioned safety of the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort where FileMaker was holding its annual international developers conference ("DevCon") in Phoenix.
I spent the time attending talks that explored new technologies; comparing notes with other developers; getting business tips in a couple excellent panels aimed at small businesses like ours; and exchanging info with the leaders from FileMaker Inc, the maker of the platform.
William Porter is Rucksack's owner and principal. He's been writing on a range of tech subjects for three decades. Yikes!