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Chris Pirillo

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Chris Pirillo
Chris Pirillo speaking at Gnomedex in 2007 photograph by Kris Krug.jpg
Pirillo speaking at Gnomedex in 2007
Born (1973-07-26) July 26, 1973 (age 49)
Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Northern Iowa
Years active1996–present
ChildrenJedi Pirillo
(born September 14, 2014)[1]
Websitechris.pirillo.com

Christopher Joseph Pirillo (born July 26, 1973) is an American entrepreneur and former television personality. He is the founder and former CEO of LockerGnome, Inc., a now-defunct network of blogs, web forums, mailing lists, and online communities which are now closed. He is best known as the former host of Call for Help, a call-in tech support show which, at the time, aired on TechTV. He hosted the show from 2001 to 2003.

Career[edit]

Pirillo began his career in 2000 as the host of a call-in technical support show on WHO (AM) in Des Moines, Iowa.[2][3] The following year, TechTV hired Pirillo to host Call for Help.

LockerGnome began as a technology mailing list in 1996, offering tips and tricks for operating systems and applications, software suggestions (with an emphasis on public domain and shareware software), and web site recommendations.[4] Several mailing lists are now provided, offering technology advice and tips[5] and other content syndicated from LockerGnome's blogs for IT Professionals.[6] A web forum for help with and discussions about technology was run from 2002 to 2015.[7][8]

Pirillo along with Jake Ludington, created a BitTorrent server at vistatorrent.com "to help Microsoft get Windows Vista Beta 2 in users' hands" in 2006.[9] According to Information Week, Microsoft had "reported problems in delivering Beta 2 electronically recommending that users order the DVD rather than download the 3.5–4.4GB file".[9] Microsoft sent a cease and desist e-mail, and the pair complied.[9]

Pirillo is the author of several books, including Poor Richard's E-mail Publishing, Online! The Book with John C. Dvorak and Wendy Taylor.[10][11]

In March 2015, Pirillo announced he was resuming Gnomedex, but providing more of a fair or festival experience than as a single-track conference.[12]

In 2019, Pirillo joined Intel as a community advocate.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Seattle Times | Local news, sports, business, politics, entertainment, travel, restaurants and opinion for Seattle and the Pacific Northwest".
  2. ^ Pirillo, Chris (February 11, 2010). "Wicket Does an "E" Ya Later". Retrieved January 15, 2022.
  3. ^ "Chris Pirillo – Product Manager – Intel Corporation". Retrieved January 15, 2022.
  4. ^ "About" lockergnome.com
  5. ^ "Advice and Tips". lockergnome.com
  6. ^ "IT Professionals feed". lockergnome.com
  7. ^ "Lockergnome Help Forum Closure". lockergnome.com
  8. ^ Geeks – Reviews, News, and How To! Archived June 10, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. GeekWith.com. Retrieved on May 25, 2013.
  9. ^ a b c Gregg, Keizer (June 15, 2006). "Microsoft Shuts Off Vista Torrent". Information Week. Archived from the original on October 30, 2013. Retrieved September 17, 2011.
  10. ^ "Poor Richard's E-mail Publishing" Archived March 4, 2016, at the Wayback Machine. isbndb.com
  11. ^ "Online! The Book" Archived March 4, 2016, at the Wayback Machine. isbndb.com
  12. ^ "Chris Pirillo is bringing Gnomedex back in Seattle — but don't call it a conference". GeekWire. March 25, 2015. Retrieved April 15, 2015.
  13. ^ "Chris Pirillo on Twitter: "⭐ I accepted an offer…". March 12, 2019.

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