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Stephen Mason, Barrister

Friday February 17, 2012 (21:08:05)   (1334 Reads)
Stephen Mason
Stephen, can you tell us something about your background?

After leaving school in 1972 and spending six months at a bank in London, I joined the army (1973-1982). I served in what used to be known as the Royal Army Ordnance Corps as an Ammunition Technician. This work involved the inspection, repair and disposal of military ammunition, and included what is colloquially known as bomb disposal (this includes military bombs found from previous wars (known as explosive ordnance disposal ‘EOD’) and improvised explosive devices ‘IED’, commonly known as terrorist bombs).   more ...


Sam Raincock, Sam Raincock Consultancy

Friday February 17, 2012 (21:04:04)   (1099 Reads)
Sam Raincock
Sam, can you tell us something about your background and how you became involved in computer forensics?

Prior to university, I’d never considered computing as a potential career; in fact, I hadn’t really used computers apart from playing games. I decided I wanted to be a physicist and solve the world’s particle physics problems. After embarking on a physics degree, I became more interested in computers (even though they were running 3.1 and Solaris!) I made the radical decision to change my degree course to a BSc in computer science even though I was a complete novice in the area. However, I learnt very quickly and really enjoyed the challenges and problem solving. I was also lucky to work in two summer internships in IT departments at Morgan Stanley during my degree, so I at least had an appreciation of bigger businesses.   more ...



Russell May, 4N6 Investigation

Friday February 17, 2012 (20:54:12)   (1146 Reads)
Russell May
Russell, can you tell us something about your background and how you became involved in computer forensics?

Like many people I first became involved with computers as a hobby in the late 70’s, building my first computer from scratch. I soon discovered that the thing I found most enjoyable was computer programming - at first writing BASIC programs and then moving on to machine code. Throughout this time I was a police officer serving with West Midlands Police. In the mid 80’s the computerisation of crime records began and because of my knowledge of computers, I was drafted in to train operators of these new computer systems.   more ...


Jim Gordon, West Mercia Police

Friday February 17, 2012 (20:18:02)   (1572 Reads)
Jim Gordon
Jim, can you tell us something about your background?

I left school in Dundee, Scotland when I was 17 years old and joined the Royal Air Force Police. I served in the RAF Police for just over 15 years, the majority of which was spent in the Special Investigation Service. Like most service personnel I served all over the place including three years in Cyprus, also visiting Belize in Central America, the Falkland Islands and finishing off with three years at the Joint Headquarters at Rheindahlen near Monchengladbach in Germany.

On leaving the RAF I joined Merseyside Police where I served in Liverpool city centre. I ended up on a Pro Active vehicle crime unit. After three great years I transferred to West Mercia Police where I was initially stationed at Kidderminster to the South West of Birmingham.   more ...


Greg Smith - Mobile Telephone Expert Witness, Trew & Co.

Friday February 17, 2012 (20:12:47)   (1805 Reads)
Greg Smith
Greg, can you tell us a little bit about your background and how Trew & Co. came into being?

I had just completed an apprenticeship when I went to a consumer electronics show at the beginning of the 1980s...

At that time in the UK most customers of the GPO (General Post Office), which later went on to become British Telecom, used rotary dial telephones and some push button telephones were available too. On the whole, the supply and choice of phones in the UK was suboptimal in the 80s, with designs and colours that rather gave the impression of being production line manufactured.

Seeing the brilliant new choices for telecommunications devices on exhibitors' stands I happened to mention, as an off-the-cuff comment, that I was interested in working with telephones. An exhibitor asked me if I could read a circuit diagram which I was able to do fairly easily as I was already required to do that as part of my apprenticeship. I read the circuit diagram and rather surprised the exhibitor, I think, when I observed that one of the diagrams used a spark-quench. I referred to the fact that there were similarities in circuits used on white goods speed modules to drain interference connected with back-emf.   more ...