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About me


I'm Albert, interested in everything Linux and security. Pretending to have a life outside IT and computer science, I play chess and read.

My first attempts to programming can be traced back to the age of 10, where I began by playing around with .vbs message boxes. I started using Linux exclusively in 2006. First using Debian and various derivatives, I began learning PHP, followed by C and C++ and simultaneously dived into the world of security. In 2012 I switched to Gentoo and also played around by building own distros from scratch for some private systems. Nowadays however, my systems run Ubuntu, Alpine and Void as Gentoo is not practical enough for me anymore.

Professional life included desktop and web development (mostly .NET languages) as well as IT administration (mixed Linux and Windows environments). Currently, it's within the context of embedded systems security. I am also studying for a M. Sc. in IT Security.

What's with the domain name? What's supposed to be "quite simple"?
I registered it because I found the domain name quite ;-) interesting, as it can basically mean anything, yet also nothing. Nevertheless, part of the idea was also to be a "brand" of the supposed principle behind the projects here: to avoid complexity if possible and keeping it simple. However, this can be debated and it's subjective. Generally, I certainly would not make the claim that all software here is created with that principle in mind.

Overall though, it doesn't mean anything.

How to pronounce your handle, "crtxcr"?
cortexcore. As for the why and how behind the nickname... that's a story for another time...