It can really depend a lot on your size of your projects and how much binary data you want to keep.
Note that you mentioned a Filemaker database- you usually don't get databases under control, just "code". Not sure if Filemaker separates data from code (e.g. Access databases mix data and code in the same file by default. Not a great thing).
But I'd start with your Synology's built in Git server, and research a Git client that you like. Git is a powerful tool, so creating a good GUI is difficult. IMHO, it's really worth it to learn to use it in the command-line; some day you'll want to reach for a powerful feature that is not in the GUI, or have a problem, and you'll have a steep learning curve. A bad GUI also has bad consequences.
The Git CLI is famously unintuitive, but they're making a reasonable effort at improving messages and providing commands with better names.
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Tens of millions of American workers who saw their lives and careers disrupted by the COVID pandemic took a step back to explore new working opportunities or even not work at all. Dubbed the Great Resignation, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, workers quit their jobs at a record pace of nearly 4 million per month in 2021, and if anything, the employment exodus is only accelerating in 2022 with 4.5 million people quitting in March and an additional 4.4 million in April.
Not surprisingly, healthcare ranks among the industries hit the hardest by the sudden absence of workers. Thanks largely to the continuing strain of the pandemic, the industry has been losing more than 500,000 employees per month in 2022, rivaling employment losses in lower-wage industries like retail and food service. And just as with the broader population, the problem isn't going away.
According to research by Elsevier Health, up to 47% of U.S. healthcare workers plan to leave their positions by 2025, and an astonishing 90% of nurses responding to a November 2021 Hospital IQ survey report they are considering leaving within the next year.
I've previously discussed some of the reasons for healthcare workers leaving the industry, including burnout and an increasingly scared and mistrustful public. But there are actions we can take, both individually as healthcare executives and as an industry, to reverse this concerning trend.
While in many ways it feels like the worst of the pandemic has passed, the effects of that crisis persist, especially on the front lines in healthcare. A new study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine found that the trauma experienced by healthcare workers during COVID is comparable to that of military veterans in post-9/11 combat zones.
And while much of the country has moved on, short-staffed medical workers still struggle with supply shortages, new hot spots, and an increasingly mask-averse public. A good first step to retaining your staff is to understand what they are going through and redouble your efforts to support them.
The pandemic didn't create burnout within healthcare — it exacerbated it. The same Hospital IQ survey referenced earlier found that 72% of nurses reported experiencing burnout prior to the pandemic and for reasons within the hospitals' power to fix.
For example, 43% reported doing more tasks like cleaning units, procuring supplies and clerical duties due to a shortage of technicians. A top-down review of what staff does can reveal opportunities to help keep your staff from burning out and even save your facility money.
A major impetus for the Great Resignation outside of healthcare has been years of working from home. Employees who have enjoyed the flexibility of working from home find themselves reluctant to commute back to the office. Healthcare has been at the forefront of remote care through innovations such as telehealth.
According to a new article in Medical Economics, the percentage of practices engaging in remote patient monitoring is expected to jump from 57% to 76% in the next two years. The more choices and flexibility you deliver your staff in where and how they do their jobs, the more likely it is they'll stick with you.
The Build Back Better Act proposed several pieces of legislation that could ease the burden on the healthcare system, and while the omnibus bill seems unlikely to pass through the Senate as-is, it's possible individual proposals could find their way into law.
For example, the Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act of 2021 could ease the shortage of physicians by removing caps on Medicare-funded residency slots imposed by Congress nearly 25 years ago. The Future Advancement of Academic Nursing Act would provide resources to increase nursing faculty and build up the pipeline of future nurses. The Opioid Workforce Act of 2021/Substance Use Disorder Workforce Act of 2021 would add 1,000 Medicare-funded training positions in approved residency programs in addiction medicine and psychiatry, while the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act would seek to address suicide, burnout and behavioral health disorders among healthcare professionals.
None of these on its own could replace the massive loss of healthcare talent resulting from the Great Resignation, but given that the current staffing crisis is likely to only increase, efforts like these should be championed by the entire industry.
I have one final suggestion I'd ask you to think about. In a recent HealthLeaders article Dr. Gail Gazelle, assistant professor of medicine at Harvard University in Massachusetts and a master-certified coach for physicians, wrote how many healthcare professionals are "a little bitter" by the empty emails thanking them for their hard work, and that "Their thinking is, 'If you really cared about us, you'd come down and see what we're doing.' There's a sense that they're not being seen, that their efforts aren't being appreciated."
Like Gazelle, my advice is to personally be visible to your workers and truly commit. I always advocate for healthcare executives to schedule time to walk around their facilities, get to know their staff and patients, and see how the work of healthcare is done. Not only will it reinforce to you the vital role your organization plays, but it might also remind you that behind every number and statistic is a person providing an invaluable service for your organization and for your community.
When you want the best for your car in Vail and surrounding areas, Action Jackson Auto is the place to go. Voted best local auto repair for brakes, tires, and full service maintenance, the family-owned auto shop specializes in tires, brakes, batteries, and windshield repair.
The shop has been around since the ‘80s but was purchased five years ago by a local businessman and entrepreneur, Ross Blankenship, who renamed it Action Jackson Auto after his firstborn daughter, Jackson Rose. The Action Jackson Auto Family provides exceptional service and focuses on high-end vehicles such as Audi, BMW, Range Rover, Lexus, Mercedes Benz, Tesla, and Porsche, but can service any car. The Action Jackson Family has expanded the operation during their first five years of ownership from one to five bays, and increased the number of auto mechanics from three to almost 10, depending on the season. They take pride in paying living wages, and valuing their team as much as they do their customers.
“We focus on both quality and speed and try to do all of our jobs same-day. We’re not Turtle Jackson, we’re Action Jackson,” Ross joked. “We’re not the least expensive option, but we are the highest quality. The brake pads and rotors, tires, batteries, and any other parts are up two to three levels from what most shops use. One of our mantras is, ‘Skip the dealership, come to Action Jackson, we have the same quality equipment but you don’t have to drive down the hill.’”
Action Jackson Auto was just chosen as the exclusive Nokian Tire dealer in Eagle County. Nokian Tires of Finland make the best snow tires in the world, and Action Jackson is honored to have been chosen as their partner. Considered “the Nike of snow tires,” Nokian’s patented winter tires have angular studs that stick, not slide, making them the perfect winter tire choice for the area. Ross cautions that there will be a major shortage of Nokian tires this year due to supply chain issues, but they were lucky enough to have secured a good inventory for the people of Eagle County.
Although quality and speed are what they are known for, the Action Jackson Auto team takes great care to provide the best in customer service, as well. They offer shuttle services, which they provide for up to 10-15 people a day. They are the only white glove valet full-service auto repair shop in the valley. A Mercedes sprinter van will drop you off and pick you up when your car is done, so you can go skiing on the slopes, and by the time you’re done, you can have your car ready to pick up. Or you can return to work or home and go about your day while your car is being serviced.
If you prefer to wait, Action Jackson Auto also has the best lounge in town. Named “Lily’s Lounge” after Ross’s daughter, Lily Nulton, it features a custom in-house coffee bar, gaming chairs, an 80” screen TV, and no merchandise, just relaxation. “We decided consciously not to sell something there,” Ross said. “Let us take care of your stress. You can go hang out in Lily’s Lounge to enjoy free coffee beverages, watch TV, or read the newspaper. It’s simple and relaxing.”
The customers seem to have gotten the memo about the quality and service, since Action Jackson Auto’s repeat customer rate is 95.8%, and they have been growing an average of 17% each year since they bought the business, currently servicing about 4,000 customers a year. Ross himself is a big part of that; with his easy smile and sense of humor, it’s easy to see how much he enjoys his work. “I always dreamed of working on cars when I was a little boy, and now I get to do that,” he enthused.
Fictionary co-founder and CEO Kristina Stanley has worked in a wide variety of different jobs, from manager of broadband planning at Nortel to the director of employee, safety, and guest services for an Eastern British Columbia ski resort, to author of mystery novels.
But one of Stanley’s most difficult jobs was figuring out how to edit her own manuscripts while writing The Stone Mountain Mystery Series. As she told BetaKit in an interview, “it’s really, really difficult to edit a book from a story level. You’ve got thousands and thousands of elements that you have to keep track of and make them work together.”
“We’re trying to help the average person who doesn’t have an ‘in’ in the publishing industry get a really good book out there, get an agent, or get a publisher.”
-Kristina Stanley, Fictionary
Initially, Stanley tackled this problem using a combination of Microsoft Excel spreadsheets and graphs. But she soon realized that other authors likely faced the exact same issue, and set out to build a better way by combining her tech and writing background.
Today, Stanley’s software startup Fictionary aims to offer an alternative. Amid a wide field of solutions that help writers and editors with specific parts of the process, like spelling, grammar, style, structure, and publishing, Fictionary hones in on perhaps the most important and challenging part: producing a good story.
Fuelled by $1.8 million CAD in seed funding, Fictionary aims to help writers and editors around the world produce quality stories more quickly and affordably. With this capital, the Inverary, Ontario startup, based just north of Kingston, plans to move into non-fiction and start selling to other publishers and agencies to expand its community of users.
The startup’s all-equity round, which closed in September, was co-led by StandUp Ventures and BDC Capital’s Thrive Venture Fund, with support from The51 and a group of angels that includes Women’s Equity Lab general partner Sally Morris. For newly launched Thrive, Fictionary marks the fund’s third investment to date, after investing in Acerta and Private AI.
Stanley founded Fictionary in 2016 alongside her husband, Mathew (COO), who also previously worked at Nortel and has a background in tech, and her brother, Michael Conn, Fictionary’s former CTO, who has since left the company.
Initially, Fictionary focused solely on writers, before expanding to meet demand for a similar offering from editors. Today, Fictionary offers three subscription software products for writers and editors that range in price from $19 to $49 monthly, sells online courses, and provides a community for writers and editors to connect.
Fictionary’s software helps writers visualize their story arc by analyzing key story elements with artificial intelligence (AI) and gauging how their manuscript compares to fundamental storytelling components.
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“We’re trying to help the average person who doesn’t have an ‘in’ in the publishing industry get a really good book out there, get an agent, or get a publisher,” said Stanley.
On the editor side of the equation, the company claims its offering enables editors to provide better, deeper story edits in less time, increasing the quality and profitability of editors’ services.
The writing and editing software space features a ton of players, from Grammarly to Scrivener, Novel Factory, and Canada’s Wattpad. According to Stanley, Fictionary is unique within the sectors in terms of its focus on storytelling elements and its use of AI. “We’re it right now as far as, there’s an automated way to do this, and have software for it,” said Stanley.
“While there are other platforms endeavoring to address this gap in the market, there doesn’t appear to be a single player who is able to look at the writing and editing process in a comprehensive and meaningful way, which puts Fictionary at a sizeable advantage to lead the charge and expand into new markets and segments,” Michelle Scarborough, managing partner of BDC Capital’s Thrive Venture Fund, told BetaKit.
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Fictionary previously secured $100,000 in grant funding from Creative BC and raised $245,000 in pre-seed funding in 2019 from a group of angels that included Shopify co-founder Scott Lake, Stephanie Andrew of Women’s Equity Lab, and FirstEditing founder and CEO JoEllen Taylor.
According to Stanley, following that pre-seed round, Fictionary reached breakeven cash flow and had to decide whether to keep going on its current track or set its sights higher.
Following some discussions with StandUp Ventures, Fictionary decided to embark on a new chapter and raise more venture capital to tackle the opportunity it sees in this space amid the rise of self-publishing. “We have a great product, we’ve got product-market fit, we’ve got a market, so let’s just go for it,” said Stanley.
“The love for the product Fictionary users articulate so regularly is rare, and indicative of the power and impact the tool brings to its customers,” said StandUp Ventures senior associate Lucas Perlman, who is joining Fictionary’s board as part of the round. “The self-publishing world has exploded, and we believe Fictionary is poised to become a de-facto part of the story writing toolkit for writers and editors around the globe.”
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For her part, Scarborough said the Thrive Venture Fund sees “a sizeable opportunity [for Fictionary] in the fast-growing creator economy space—a market with many dimensions—within writing and editing, screenwriting, non-fiction, and beyond.”
To date, Fictionary has focused entirely on fiction but Stanley said the startup’s roadmap includes moving into non-fiction, where the CEO sees plenty of potential to apply its tech to helping people tell their own life stories. Fictionary also sees an opportunity to help agencies and publishers clear the slush pile of submitted manuscripts.
As it looks to build out its own community of writers and editors, Fictionary follows in the footsteps of Wattpad, which parlayed its vibrant self-publishing community of writers and readers—and the content produced by them—into a $754 million CAD acquisition last year.
After discussions with StandUp, Fictionary decided to embark on a new chapter.
“Wattpad is very inspirational for us,” said Stanley. “They are different in the sense that people write their stories in the community, where we help writers take those stories and turn them into powerful stories readers love. Their community is a great lead-in to Fictionary for writers needing to edit their stories.”
As the startup charts its growth strategy amid an uncertain economic environment, Stanley is confident that Fictionary is well-positioned to grow during this period, noting that people tend to write more when they are stressed. Back when COVID-19 first hit and everyone was cooped up, the CEO said people begin writing more, and demand for Fictionary rose. Heading into what could be a deep downturn, Stanley believes Fictionary is in a good spot given that it offers a tool to help people do their passion without spending a lot of money.
What Perlman finds most exciting is the appreciation Fictionary’s customers have for the startup’s product, noting that writers “pour countless hours into their stories and writing books is an emotional and very personal thing to take on.”
“Fictionary has removed a major hurdle that stopped these creators from bringing their stories into the world,” Perlman told BetaKit. “The impact of that really comes through when you speak to their customers and see feedback from their community.”
Feature image courtesy Fictionary.
Letter November 12, 2022
Despite having a minimal carbon footprint, Pakistan is already bearing the brunt of climate change. Earlier this year, most parts of the country were faced with extreme heatwaves and drought-like conditions. This was followed by unprecedented rains and glacier melts that resulted in catastrophic flooding.
In the coming years, climate change will trigger mass migration and displacement across South Asia, which we have already seen a glimpse of. It is about time that our government and all other stakeholders take the climate threat seriously and prepare the country for future climate emergencies. The government should initiate campaigns led by climate and disaster management experts to inform local populations on how to deal with emergencies. Besides building climate-resilient infrastructure, people should be provided with the appropriate apparatus.
We cannot delay climate action any longer and everyone must play their role in trying to alleviate the threat. Citizens in urban areas must cut down emissions by reducing the use of vehicles. Factories should switch to renewable energy. People must undertake afforestation drives as trees are crucial for absorbing carbon dioxide as well as reducing the risks of floods and tsunamis. On a global level, the Pakistani government must continue pressuring the global north to pay climate reparations and assist Pakistan in building climate-resilient infrastructure.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 12th, 2022.
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Former vice president Mike Pence spoke called former President Donald Trump’s actions on January 6, 2021 “reckless” and “indefensible” during an interview on Face The Nation Sunday.
“The president’s words and actions in and around January 6 were reckless. The tweet that he issued the day . . . endangered my family and endangered people that were in the Capitol and was indefensible,” Pence said during the interview.
Pence’s interview was part of the promotional tour for his new book, So Help Me God, which sheds new light upon his perspective of the January 6 attack on the Capitol.
“But on January 6, I have to tell you, I had to put that [my anger] aside. The president decided to be a part of the problem. I was determined to be a part of the solution,” Pence told host Margaret Brennan.
However, the former vice president was less direct when it came to questions of whether Trump was “derelict in his duties” or needed to be held accountable. “I am confident that the American people will hold all those responsible at the end of the day and history will be their judge,” Pence said.
The statements come a day after the former vice president called Attorney General Merrick Garland’s decision to appoint a special counsel to oversee criminal investigations into Donald Trump “very troubling.”
In exact weeks the former vice president has gone on a media blitz to build his public profile ahead of the 2024 Republican presidential race. Pence has already quietly met with financial backers as well as released a new book in a bid to seemingly shore up his position ahead of the race. His former boss, Donald Trump, announced his intention to run earlier this week.
Pence has yet to formally announce his intention to run for the Republican presidential nomination.