ErgoDox EZ Users

Aleksandar Straumann

Security Engineer

Who are you, and what do you do? What do you like to do outside of work?

My name is Aleksandar and I am a developer and penetration tester. Outside of work I focus on developing projects that can be used in the security community. When I am not sitting in front of a computer, I like to read sci-fi novels and try my hand at cooking.

What hardware do you use?

My hardware has been the same for the while now: a desktop, a Lenovo laptop, and a MacBook Pro for work. I use the black ErgoDox Glow for my work between the three systems, which helps me bounce between these systems as needed.

Aleksandar Straumann's hardware setup
A setup that glows in the dark

And what software?

I am a heavy terminal user. I think most of my day-to-day revolves around me being in Vim, tmux, and zsh. That being said, I absolutely love the ErgoDox keyboard for my work. The ErgoDox has become a very nice extension of Vim for me. I am constantly tweaking settings so that I can keep my hands on the keyboard longer. If I am not in a terminal, I am usually poking at sites and software using tools such as Burp, Ghidra, Zap, or various other tools.

Side view of Aleksandar Straumann's hardware setup
A simple setup

What’s your keyboard setup like? Do you use a custom layout or custom keycaps?

My keyboard setup is constantly changing. I am a pretty constant tweaker, so it takes me a long time to find something I like. For my current configuration, I have been using the Simple Simon layout by maninvan, which I think is pretty awesome. I have made a few tweaks here and there to suit my needs, but otherwise I like it a lot. I haven’t gotten into the realm of custom keycaps yet, but I can already see some in my future.

What would be your dream setup?

My ideal setup is a three 4k monitor setup with one of the new Razer gaming 15-inch laptops that I could dock when needed. I have to travel a lot, and the option to take it and go is super-appealing to me. However, if I didn’t have to travel so much I would be happy with a specced-out desktop with all sorts of fancy lights on it :)