I was chatting with Chris Wahl recently, and I was racking my brains about how we first met - we both agreed it must have been on one of Stephen Foskett's "Tech Field Days". He blogs over on wahlnetwork.com and tweets on @ChrisWahl. Chris has a bio on his blog which I've redacted over here:
"I’m a virtualization-aholic living in the Chicago area. I’m a self proclaimed computer nerd, having started with BASIC programming on an Apple II back in the early 80′s using those fun example guides as a primer, co-operated a BBS on a whitebox 386 hosting VGA Planets and a few MUDs, and later moved into the field of infrastructure and systems administration.
I’m in your data center, virtualizing your servers.
Around 2006 I discovered the awesomeness of virtualization through VMware and was hooked ever since. I’ve run the gamut of their products, from servers, desktops, clouds, and much more. I like how virtualization harnesses the entire skillset range, from infrastructure, networking, compute, storage, and even some creative arts (such as fancy folder nesting!). I founded this blog in October of 2010 as a creative outlet for discussing technical topics and relaying my experiences publicly, and make it a point to provide content on a regular basis with a high standard of integrity."
Last time we both in the same geography Chris was in Frankfurt for the HP event, and I was there speaking at VMUG. Sadly, we only found this out after the fact - if I'd been a little bit more switched on, perhaps we could have done this face to face... Anyway, me and Chris worked out a number of questions before the recording...