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Saving Old Software

I am preparing for my retirement and the question of what happens to all my software looms large.

This week, I became the custodian of Bill Cheeseman’s wonderful UI Browser application after it reached its end-of-life. Bill is retiring and wants to focus on other things in his life, but there is a community that continues to need access to his software as there isn’t a practical alternative.

I did this previously when I took over hosting the web site from Ray Barber. MacScripter has existed for a very long time and is a storehouse of macOS automation knowledge and history. It had to be preserved.

Jim Rea reminded my of the question of my retirement when I corresponded with him about taking over UI Browser. How do we preserve software and web resources when their custodians are no longer able to support them?

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