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2009


2009

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

Friday February 17, 2012 (20:12:47)   (1789 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)   (819 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 ...

2009

Graham Brown-Martin, Digital Safety Conference

Friday February 17, 2012 (18:35:14)   (1259 Reads)
Graham Brown-Martin
Graham, can you tell us a little bit about your background?

I've been described as a disruptive maverick who tends to apply the principles of activism to much of what I do.

I'm the founder and managing director of Learning Without Frontiers (LWF) whose mission is to provide continuous dialogue concerning new learning and teaching practice leading to improvements of a transformational nature.

Prior to this I had enjoyed a career spanning the education and entertainment software industries, having built a number of creatively and technologically innovative enterprises that were sold to larger corporations including Philips Electronics and Virgin Interactive. Before starting my own companies I worked with the Open University and UK computer maker RM. I've also worked in several developing nations on knowledge/skills transfer projects.   more ...

2009

Lee Whitfield, Forensic 4cast

Friday February 17, 2012 (18:28:21)   (828 Reads)
Lee Whitfield
Lee, can you tell us something about your background and why you decided to work in the field of computer forensics?

I used to work in construction law. My father is an expert witness in construction and I worked with him for a large international company. I was originally planning on doing a degree in quantity surveying and had already been accepted to study that subject at university when I was made redundant. It was around this time that Larry Sewell (formerly of Guidance Software) moved in to our community. I'd already thought about going into computer forensics but after meeting Larry, and him telling me more, I realised it was something I wanted to do. I was already looking at changing my degree to computing so when the university started a computer forensics degree it made sense for me to jump ship.   more ...

2009

Robert Botchek, President & Founder, Tableau, LLC

Friday February 17, 2012 (18:01:25)   (1367 Reads)
Robert Botchek
Robert, can you tell us something about yourself and your background before founding Tableau, LLC?

I had the good fortune to grow up in the San Francisco Bay Area - the place known as Silicon Valley - and it's only now that I live in a different area that I'm starting to realize how unique the Bay Area environment is and how the environment there breeds a certain kind of can-do attitude.

Back in the early 1980's - at the ripe old age of 16 - I landed my first job as a computer programmer. I was already a "seasoned" programmer, having started programming when I was about 11. Fortunately, the president of that first company took me under his wing and showed me the difference between "coding" and "engineering". But he didn't stop there. He also gave me the guidance and opportunity to learn how to run a small, high-tech company, teaching me how to negotiate with vendors and customers, how to recruit and develop employees, how to consider the financial decisions inherent in any business...And on and on...Ultimately, he promoted me to be the VP of Engineering, we grew the company together, and a few years later he and I negotiated the sale of that company to a much larger public company.   more ...