Over the past few weeks, I’ve learned more about IRC and the UStream.tv service, thanks to the constant live stream that Chris Pirillo runs twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year. While I’ve been watching him and participating in the chat room, I’ve seen many people ask some common questions about Chris Pirillo, his background, and his office setup (including computer gear, furniture, and seating). Perhaps it would do justice to the community if someone pointed out a few key facts.
- Chris uses the free program for Mac OS X called CamTwist to embed the chat in the video. The chat is rendered by an IRC client for Mac OS called Colloquy, and is embedded in the video stream using CamTwist’s picture in picture functionality. Both are free programs.
- Ponzi is Chris’s wife, and Wicket and Pixie are his dogs.
- Chris used to host of several television shows on ZDTV / TechTV / G4TV, most notably the show Call For Help, in which Chris managed to produce several bloopers (which made it to NBC’s 100 Most Outrageous Moments).
- In general, Chris is an all-around computer geek/nerd/[choice of related adjectives]. He produces videos via his live show, runs the blogging network LockerGnome, and does a lot of other stuff I don’t quite know about (but still tech related). Type “what is chris” into the chat room at live.pirillo.com (minus the quotes) to get the official description.
- Chris’s current computer setup includes a Mac Pro (with dual Intel Xeon quad core processors, of the January variety), two 30-inch Dell UltraSharp 3007WFP monitors, a 17-inch MacBook Pro, and a Mac mini (which is used solely for broadcasting the live video stream, and is connected to its own DSL internet connection).
- Bonus #6: Chris’ chair is a Grahl Synchron 8. It’s outrageously expensive, as Chris tries to describe on video.