Name: Bogdan Botezatu
Job title: Senior E-Threat Analyst
Industry: Computer Security
Location: Bucharest, Romania
Years’ of experience: 10
What is your favourite personal gadget?
I think that the most important gadget in my life is a second-generation Raspberry PI and a handful of SD cards flashed with different Linux distros. By simply swapping the cards I can turn it into a portable media player, a wireless router or a highly specialized device.
Do you have a favourite piece of personal software?
Docker is pretty amazing. It allows me to deploy and run extremely complex applications without going through the dependency nightmare. Just pick a container, run it and enjoy your newly deployed service.
What was the first piece of technology you got really excited about?
Punched cards. Back in the day, my mother used to bring me punched cards from work. I had no idea what they were used for at the time, but they kept me busy for years when I finally learned to read them.
What device improves your life most at work?
The smartphone. It helps me stay in touch with the office even when I’m away from keyboard.
What software keeps you most productive at work?
I occasionally have to build web apps or services for different purposes. It used to take me days to just get the database schema right. At some point, I discovered Laravel, a PHP framework that can build simple applications in a few lines of code.
Is there any technology that has become extinct that you would like to resurrect?
I miss my old Elektronika IM-02 “nu, pogodi” pocket game. That’s something only the 80s kids living in the former Soviet bloc will remember.
Is there any technology you would personally recommend that you don’t think enough people know about? (Hardware or software, work or personal)
External storage enclosures with built-in hardware-based encryption. It helps you minimize the damage if your external hard drive gets lost or stolen. Even if you lose your device and data on it, at least nobody will be able to snoop into it.
Do you think anything about your personal use of tech would surprise your colleagues?
I think that the most “extreme” thing in my use of technology is that I don’t safely eject USB drives.
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