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C-suite talk fav tech: Yaniv Romem, Excelero

01-02-18-yaniv-romem-exceleroName: Yaniv Romem

Job title: CTO

Company: Excelero

Industry: Storage

Location: Israel

Years’ of experience: 30

 

What is your favourite personal gadget?

My answer is rather conservative here… I have to choose my smart phone and my ultra-small laptop – they allow me to get everything done – from keeping an eye on work emails, to making sure I’m not late for family appointments. The fact I can take them with me anywhere means I’m always contactable – I can’t imagine life without them.

 

Do you have a favourite piece of personal software?

I must admit have a sweet tooth for Candy… Candy Crush! For work purposes, Chrome, vi and Git have got to be my top tools.

I use Chrome for anything and everything - from working out time zones to converting measurements. Its extensions and add-ons are also extremely useful.

A lot of people don’t know about vi: it is the oldest text editor, developed about 30 years ago and still widely used. What I love about it is that once you know the shortcuts, you have no need to take your hands off the keyboard!

We use Git at Excelero for our shared files and it works quickly and efficiently for our team that is spread across three different continents.

 

What was the first piece of technology you got really excited about?

My first real technology infatuation was with the vintage Commodore 64. For those who do not know, the Commodore 64 was a home computer introduced in 1982. It was one of the highest selling computer models of all times. I would spend hours after school with my brothers playing Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders, Zaxxon, and Wasteland. The C64 had just 64 kilobytes of RAM memory – it still blows my mind that we now carry hundreds of gigabytes in our pockets every day!

What device improves your life most at work?

Swapping out hard disk drive storage for a solid state drive in my laptop was the single most effective immediate productivity improvement. The increased speed and responsiveness makes an enormous difference day-to-day at work.

What software keeps you most productive at work?

Chrome is the one piece of software I use more often than anything else. It is a very powerful tool and can be customized to your needs.

Is there any technology that has become extinct that you would like to resurrect?

I miss the old simple Atari-style joysticks. The Sony PS game devices have always seemed over-complicated in comparison.

Is there any technology you would personally recommend that you don’t think enough people know about? (Hardware or software, work or personal)

I recently bought a robot vacuum cleaner and it has been a life saver – no more aching backs or quarrels over whose turn it is to vacuum the house! Also, I am evangelist of Excelero NVMesh software but I guess I am not too objective on this!

Do you think anything about your personal use of tech would surprise your colleagues?

I have a secret addiction to Candy Crush. And I find that many people, especially the younger folks, are always surprised by how effective command lines and vi still are.

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