Namn: Erik Zalitis
Age: 45 at this moment. This will change as time passes.
Location: Solna, Stockholm, Sweden, terra firma.
Political views: Rightwing libertarian, albeit with a “fair weather friend” approach to the ideology itself. I can swing wildy in how I see things. The world is too complex to get stuck “trying to fit in”.
Philosophy: Rationalist and a skeptic as well. Have an affinity for existensialism as well. Also considers myself a humanitarian. (Not the bad kind however!)
Religion: Agnostic. Have no problem with people’s various faiths, but world religions are always treated with skeptisism by me.
Cat/Dog-person: Cat! Dogs are fine too. Not a fan of ticks and roe deers. Wouldn’t trust a honey badger too much either.
Disposition: can easily get frustrated and agitated, but will instantly calm down if the situation improves. Have so far never shouted “We’ll do it live!”.
Like: old computers, radio of all kinds, web comics, friendly and respectful debate, freedom, Gin and tonic, Coffee, Cats, IT-security, creativity. intelligence.
Dislikes: intolerance, indifference, anti-intellectualism, racism, Internet trolls.
Hates: as little as possible. If you want an early heart attack, there are better ways.
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A constantly stressed out, often pseudo-intellectual, mostly quite agreeable, always introverted, highly frustrated/motivated doer who delivers results all the time and mostly on time.
Paranoid much? Yeah, sure! Why not? I’m into the IT-security field as an analyst, pentester, infrastructure designer and network guy. So it’s what to be expected.
I’m madly in love with the best invention of all time: radio. Broadcast, amateur or podcast – doesn’t matter, I’m in!
I, and my long time partner in crime, Mattias Jadesköld delivers a podcast every week about IT-security. It’s in Swedish and covers concepts in the security field, does interviews with well-known and respected people in the business here in Sweden and it also has us frequently discussing the role of IT and security in our society.
Amateur radio (Ham) operator
In 2011 I took my general class license. Here in Sweden, we only have that class and, yes, it’s a proper CEPT-class.
I’ve served as a trainer in the club I used to be active in.
Right now I’m not active other than as a listener.
My call sign: SA0EZS
Bulletin Boards Systems are a thing of the past, but I actually have one up right now. It’s Swedish only, but you can read its history (in Swedish) here:
And not only computers count as retro these days. So I also am a HUGE Beatles-fan. Music from the 50s and 60s is my thing as well. And the old timey jazz that defined by swing, sweet and big band.
Audio engineering and audio equipment
Vinyl players, cassette decks, MD, DAT and off course open reel. I’ve worked them all. As much as I like vinyl, I really have no problem using Spotify.
IT-security does require you to be on the ball 24/7. It’s not a job that you can go home from and stop thinking about. I frequently need to read about new developements in the business, upgrade my Kali Linux computer, learn to understand good web application coding best practises and just stay abreast with the latest attack methods.
Sometimes it’s easy to wish to work with something easy like being a construction worker, until you understand they also have to constantly learn new skills as well. It’s how it is right now in the ever changing world we live in.