stephen cross

I’m thankful to live in a town where the spirit of Christmas is still alive for the for annual tree lighting. It begins with The Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the National Athem and Linus’s speech telling Charlie Brown what Christmas is all about. School choirs sing Christmas carols and Santa arrives to light the tree. vimeo.com

I enjoy learning about the pioneers in our industry, especially the freedom fighters. I’ve recently been studying the short life of Aaron Swartz. Arron was a computer programmer and activist. He was a member of the RSS working group at the age of 14, worked on the development of Reddit, collaborated on the design of markdown, worked on the creation of Creative Commons and so much more. You likely know him from his involvement to prevent SOPA. All of this before his death, at his own hand, at the age of 26 under the pressure of federal prosecution for alleged computer crimes. I recommend the documentary The Internet’s Own Boy and book The Idealist: Aaron Swartz and the Rise of Free Culture on the Internet

19 hours door to door … Back home from Budapest. I would have loved to stay longer. Looking forward to Allie coming home in a month!

Last night we had a fantastic dinner with my daughter and her roommates. Then capped off our visit in an opera house to see Phantom of the Opera in Hungarian. It was a special evening.

Highlights of day 4 in Budapest - we walked up the hill to the Citadel (Citadella), a fortification built in 1851. In 1956 it was occupied by Soviets troops who fired upon the city. As the high point in the city, there is a fantastic view. We also attended a wine tasting in Buda Castle Labyrinth, which is a set of elaborate tunnels and caves six miles long with origins from prehistoric times. The labyrinth’s rich history includes the 15th-century prison for Vlad Tepes, better known as Count Dracula, and more recently a shelter and hospital during WWII. The day ended with some cocktails in a heated igloo on top of a building at 360 bar.

Nice day in Budapest. At the Fine Art Museum we were able to see a temporary exhibit, Leonardo Da Vinci and the Budapest Horse and Rider. It included Da Vinci hard drawings of horses and riders, as well as, the only surviving sculpture attributed to him. The Christmas Fair started this weekend with lots of food and artisans. The day ended with bowl of Lesco, Hungarian Tomato and Pepper stew.

We had a four private tour of Budapest with Ildiko yesterday. A great way to get the highlights of the city in a short period of time.

Arrived in Budapest.

First stop, London.

I didn’t see a trip to Budapest in my future. Thanks to my daughter for studying there.

Fall is the best time of year for walking outside. The crisp air and colors!

In DC working with ATF and US Marshals Service to kickoff the next build/launch.

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I’ve recently switched form Mac to Linux for my development platform. This is why - stephencross.com/blog/2018…

I’ve been enjoying following Jason Evangelho’s articles about switching to Linux. I’m a recent switcher too.

NEDCamp session submission closing today! nedcamp.org

Great news… podcast app coming to Apple Watch via WatchOS 5. Audio books?

A benefit of working from home on a beautiful New England day.

“Wikipedia is the best thing ever, anyone in the world can write anything about any subject, so you know you are getting the best possible information.” M. G. Scott

Freedom from my phone with Outcast. Thanks @CrunchyBagel. stephencross.com/blog/when…

Today, Mark Zuckerberg testified before a congressional hearing. I wish our Senators were better prepared. I found Mark forthcoming and prepared to answer questions, but he was not not challenged, and needed to be.

“You can’t over estimate the value of computers, they are great for playing games and forwarding funny emails, but real business is done in paper.” M. G. Scott

“There are four kinds of business. Tourism, Food Service, Railroads and Sales… and Hospitals/Manufacturing and Air Travel”. M. Scott

Comfort. Priority #1

Open window competition as Spring weather teases us.