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2010


2010

Sam Raincock, Sam Raincock Consultancy

Friday February 17, 2012 (21:04:04)   (1085 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 ...

2009


2009

Russell May, 4N6 Investigation

Friday February 17, 2012 (20:54:12)   (1109 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 ...

2009

Jim Gordon, West Mercia Police

Friday February 17, 2012 (20:18:02)   (1548 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 ...

2009

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

Friday February 17, 2012 (20:12:47)   (1779 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 ...

2009

Sean McLinden, Outcome Technology Associates, Inc.

Friday February 17, 2012 (18:42:50)   (816 Reads)
Sean, can you tell us something about your background?

My first exposure to computers was as an undergraduate when I saw an episode of the PBS series Nova about artificial intelligence (AI). Since I was headed to the University of Pittsburgh to begin a graduate study in Medicine I hooked up with the team of Jack D. Myers, MD, and Harry E. Pople, PhD., who were researching the development of programs which could mimic the actions of human diagnosticians. Their laboratory was kind of a skunkworks which not only explored artificial intelligence, but also computer networking, hardware design and operating systems. Everyone who worked there was expected to be well versed in computer design and applications and innovative and there were a lot of opportunities for creativity and independent action. That model became my model for building collaborative teams in which people are encouraged to think independently, question conventional wisdom and be self-motivating.   more ...