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Meet Field Day Delegate – Neil Anderson

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  2. Meet Field Day Delegate – David Ball
  3. Meet Field Day Delegate – Alex Neihaus
  4. Meet Field Day Delegate – Denny Cherry
  5. Meet Field Day Delegate – Keith Townsend
  6. Meet Field Day Delegate – Brian Gleason
  7. Meet Field Day Delegate – Adam Post
  8. Meet Field Day Delegate: Nico Stein
  9. Meet Field Day Delegate – Tricia Howard
  10. Meet Field Day Delegate – Evan Mintzer
  11. Meet Field Day Delegate – Stephanie Ihezukwu
  12. Meet Field Day Delegate – Wes Milliron
  13. Meet Field Day Delegate – Shaun Bender
  14. Meet Field Day Delegate – Michael Davis
  15. Meet Field Day Delegate – Matt Callaway
  16. Meet Field Day Delegate – Scott Driver
  17. Meet Field Day Delegate – Dave Benham
  18. Meet Field Day Delegate – Manon (“Mae”) Lessard
  19. Meet Field Day Delegate – Haydn Andrews
  20. Meet Field Day Delegate – Timothy Dennehy
  21. Meet Field Day Delegate – François Vergès
  22. Meet Field Day Delegate – Jennifer (“JJ”) Minella
  23. Meet Field Day Delegate – Wences Michel
  24. Meet Field Day Delegate – Josh Fidel
  25. Meet Field Day Delegate – Chris Williams
  26. Meet Field Day Delegate – Kati Lehmuskoski
  27. Meet Field Day Delegate – A.J. Murray
  28. Meet Field Day Delegate – Josh Warcop
  29. Meet Field Day Delegate – Jeremy Schulman
  30. Meet Field Day Delegate – Micheline Murphy
  31. Meet Field Day Delegate – Scott Morris
  32. Meet Field Day Delegate – Remington Loose
  33. Meet Field Day Delegate – Stefan Fouant
  34. Meet Field Day Delegate – Bart Heungens
  35. Meet Field Day Delegate – Markus Leinonen
  36. Meet Field Day Delegate – Greg Ferro
  37. Meet Field Day Delegate – Gina Rosenthal
  38. Meet Field Day Delegate – Vuong Pham
  39. Meet Field Day Delegate – Ruairi McBride
  40. Meet Field Day Delegate – David Samuel Penaloza Seijas
  41. Meet Field Day Delegate – Faisal Khan
  42. Meet Field Day Delegate – Mary Fasang
  43. Meet Field Day Delegate – Kim Pedersen
  44. Meet Field Day Delegate – Tony Efantis
  45. Meet Field Day Delegate – Robb Boyd
  46. Meet Field Day Delegate – Jason Beshara
  47. Meet Field Day Delegate – Glenda Canfield
  48. Meet Field Day Delegate – Ben Mason
  49. Meet Field Day Delegate – Pieter-Jan Nefkens
  50. Meet Field Day Delegate – Tony Bradley
  51. Meet Field Day Delegate – Jim Jones
  52. Meet Field Day Delegate – Neil Anderson
  53. Meet Field Day Delegate – John Deegan
  54. Meet Field Day Delegate – Andy Thurai
  55. Meet Field Day Delegate – Calvin Hendryx-Parker
  56. Meet Field Day Delegate – Lariana Luy
  57. Meet Field Day Delegate – Kyle Jenner
  58. Meet Field Day Delegate – Dr. Avril Salter
  59. Meet Field Day Delegate – Shala Denise
  60. Meet Field Day Delegate – Jerod Santo
  61. Meet Field Day Delegate – Ben Story
  62. Meet Field Day Delegate – Chris Hildebrandt
  63. Meet Field Day Delegate – Scott Bollinger

Neil Anderson is coming to Cloud Field Day 8 next week! This will be Neil’s first event as a delegate and we are looking forward to what he brings to the table. From high school dropout to successful IT professional, trainer, and consultant, Neil thrives on making technology easy to understand and seeing students have that ‘lightbulb moment’. Connect with Neil at @FlackBoxTV on Twitterthe web, or the Tech Field Day web site.

How did you get into technology and IT?

WAY back in the early 90’s I was working as an aircraft mechanic in the Air Force. It mostly involved standing outside a lot (in Scotland, in the snow / wind and rain), filling airplanes up with petrol, and getting paid $800 per month. That was enough to have a few beers with my mates on the weekend, so life was good.

I didn’t stay a teenager forever though. I met a girl and she made it VERY clear that $800 wasn’t going to cut it if I wanted her to stick around. To be fair, she was thinking about us settling down and having kids (oh and buying Gucci handbags and stuff).

I checked the job adverts in the newspapers (this was before the Internet took off) and it was obvious that IT was the way to go. I could study for and take certification exams whenever I was ready, and this would help me climb up the ladder way faster than I could in any other trade.

What do you do now in your current role?

I make online courses and tutorial videos for my company flackbox.com. I’m best known for my Cisco CCNA and NetApp courses. I have more in the pipeline but it takes me ages to make courses.

What are your biggest challenges?

Time. I spend lots of it responding to individual requests right now. It’s very fulfilling and the personal thanks I usually get really makes me feel like I’m helping, but I’d love to have more time available to produce new training material which would benefit the largest amount of people.

If you weren’t working in IT, what would you be doing instead?

I’d be a biscuit designer. I’ve got a great idea for a follow-up to Jammy Dodgers.

Where do you see IT going in the next 3-5 years?

I think automation and programmability is going to become standard. We’re already seeing it in larger companies, and I think better tools and ease of use will see it being used in companies of all sizes.

What was your first computer and what was great about it? What is your go-to computer now?

My brother got a ZX Spectrum for Christmas when we were kids. It didn’t lead to anything productive, but I spent hours playing Manic Miner on that thing.

I got a completely silent PC from QuietPC for my studio a few weeks ago, it’s ace. The only way I can tell it’s on is from the light on the power button.

How do you manage your work/life balance?

I’m a lot happier when I have a routine. I get up and plan my day, including family time. It sounds cold and calculated but having a set time when I’m going to be with my family ensures I have time devoted to nothing but them every day, and I can’t get too focused on just work.

I don’t do anything except work and hang out with my family when I’m home (I live in a small town in rural Thailand) so I fly to visit friends around once a month to let my hair down. I was going stir crazy during lockdown until I took a week off to watch stupid YouTube videos.

What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies?

Work, hang out with my family, party with my friends. Wow I really should get a hobby!

What are you most excited about seeing at the event?

Mr. Foskett

Awww…. it looks like Mr. Foskett is touched by that answer. 🙂

If you had a theme song, what would it be and why?

Party Rock. Because everyday I’m shufflin’.

Do you have any hidden talents?

I’m an online marketing supervillain.

If you could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, who would you choose and why?

My grandparents. They played a big role in shaping who I am and it would be great to have dinner again like in the old times and let them know how I’m doing.

Is that too morbid? Muhammad Ali then!

What was the last book you read?

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins. I’m really picky about books – I want something that’s really well written AND has a great story. This one does both.

Who would you most like to swap places with for a day? 

John Hewitt on the day he scored the winning goal for Aberdeen in the ’83 European Cup Winner’s Cup final.

Don’t miss a minute of Cloud Field Day 8 happening July 15-17, 2020!

About the author

Mel Zura

Mel Zura is the Operations Specialist at Gestalt IT. She assists in the day-to-day operations of Gestalt IT and Tech Field Day. Mel’s interests include sunny days, beautiful flowers, watching squirrels frolic, dogs, coffee, and music. She’s crazy about Tech Field Day and Tech Field Day delegates... and gifs! Go ahead, follow her on Twitter at @ZuraMel.

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