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Jason Byrne
CTO @ Echelon Fitness. Founder of MileSplit. Entrepreneur, technology executive, historian, writer, Christian, family man, and track & field fan.

There aren’t many roads more desolate and monotonous than going south on US 27. Once you pass Lake Placid, you better hope you don’t need to use the restroom. Two decades ago, heading down to Miami or the Keys, the one thing that always kept it interesting was the signs!


What problem are we solving?

Let’s say you make a call to an API that creates a video clip from a live stream. It accepts a time-in and time-out for the clip, along with a title for the new clip that it will create. …


Joshua Berrien Lastinger decided that his idea of a garden paradise was the wild lake country of southern Highlands County.

Lastinger Family Reunion from 1904. Joshua is left of center with the bow tie. (https://raycityhistory.wordpress.com/)

One of the few surviving photos of Lake Placid’s first white settler, Joshua Berrien Lastinger, comes from a 1904 family reunion. The children of William Lastinger and their families —…


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Can you imagine starting a software project without any requirements or specifications? Not only no designs, but no clearly-defined problem it is trying to solve nor KPI that it is trying to drive?

That application most likely would be doomed to failure. The development team on the project would flop…


It’s not every day that genuine celebrities move to town! The citizens of tiny Altamonte Springs were delighted when the famous “Lyman Twins” decided to retire a mile west of their fern-cultivating village in 1911.

During the height of the Vaudeville era, Howard and Herbert Lyman were headliners that packed…


With folded hands, I confess my sins.

Six years ago, we moved from Apopka to Winter Springs. In doing so, we went from living in a city where white (non-Hispanic) people are the minority to a predominantly white suburb where only 5% are black — about a third of the…


Hey Christians! Why do y’all act like you’re too good for some people? Let’s say a rich dude double-parks his shiny-new Lexus. A few seconds later, an old beat-up station wagon squeals into the church parking lot. You trip over each other to impress the rich dude: “Welcome to our…


Griffin Farm, last cattle ranch hold out in the core of Lake Mary, is seen here in 2011 on Google Street View.

Two nights ago, I was picking up dinner at ZaZa’s in the convenient new live-shop-work hotspot in Lake Mary. Noticing the name “Griffin Farm” on the upscale town center, it got me wondering… what’s the story behind it?

Anyone living near Lake Mary probably remembers the property. Prior to 2018…


Edge-side scripting is the future of CDNs and serverless. But, for companies wanting to be multi-cloud, can we develop shared code that can be deployed to multiple clouds?

My readers know by now that I am a big proponent of edge-side scripting logic. It is fantastic to run as much logic as you can as close as you can (physically and network topographically) to your user. Being able to customize the behavior of your CDN is also a…


This little remnant of the old highway still exists between Winter Springs High School and 434.

It’s hard to explain just how different Winter Springs looked just 30 years ago. Today it’s a bustling suburb interspersed by four-lane highways and swarming with sprawl. Three-story apartment complexes and maze-like neighborhoods are devouring the remaining patches of natural habitat.

At the start of the nineties, however, Winter Springs…

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