Love of technology came early for me. I can still remember declaring to myself in fifth grade while wandering between the school library's bookshelves that I, "...wanted to be a technologist." I know my story sounds highly implausible (especially when most fifth graders want to be a football player or fireman), but trust me - at the time even I didn't know what it meant.
Flash forward to my high school years, and I started taking my previous declaration a little more seriously by draining my savings account and buying my first computer - an Apple IIc. From that point on, I was hooked with what I could do with it and fell in love with programming and the two core functions that make modern computing possible: IF THEN and GOTO (or GOSUB). I still have it in my basement and comfortably nestled among some other computing treasures only a true nerd could appreciate like an 8088 from 1982 with its Microsoft DOS ROM cartridge and a Mac from 1984.
After high school, I found myself enlisted in the US Air Force and constantly gravitating towards the computing side of things. I initially worked on computing systems that aimed the guns on the AC-130H (shoutout to my Spectre buddies!), then changed into the intelligence field and became the guy who would sit for hours with the dBase IV manuals and design databases that would track information that I could tell you about, but would have to kill you :-). My last assignment before I exited the military found me in Los Angeles and assigned to an operation that introduced me to UNIX System V, Release 4 (on an AT&T 3B2 - aighhh!), Windows NT 3.1, and WinDD, an OEM version of something called "Citrix Winframe". From that point on, I knew what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
I was able to hop between a few companies after my exit from the military and expand my skillset, even dabbling in leading geeks like me for a Citrix systems integration company before I made a move to my first Varsity-level IT company - Sun Microsystems. After a two year stint with them, I decided to partner up with a few people and pursue building my own systems integrator that specialized in a new concept just showing up on the scene - Virtualization. At the time, VMWare was the only player on the block and I fell in love with it in a way similar to what I experienced with my Apple IIc.
Now I work for EMC Corporation and find myself almost in a NERD-vana I have always wished for. I'm a part of a team of technical evangelists who are dedicated to helping basically anybody who will listen to us understand and adopt the idea that thanks to the catalyst of VMWare and virtualization, we are on the cusp of seeing a revolution in the enterprise computing space probably not witnessed since two guys named Bill and Steve teamed up with a group of outcasts from IBM and helped the Common Man gain access to his own personal mainframe of sorts.
And when that wave of change hits, nothing will be the same. So buckle up and come along for the ride; it's going to be a fun one.
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