Archive for February 2nd, 2010

Writing for a living ?

Posted on February 2, 2010. Filed under: forensic, life | Tags: , , , , , , |

Well, it seems that at least two editors have been fooled into thinking I can write things that are either interesting or controversial. They might even pay me (a little) to do it.

Keep an eye on them :

* Digital Forensics Magazine (DFM) for my IRQ column ( This issue is about triage and whether or not it has a role in digital forensics.

* The Investigator Magazine for my series (Tech. Note) on how technology is involved in crime (

It’s an interesting experience being paid to have opinions – something which was actively discouraged in a former life 😉

The main topic for this week, apart from devising fiendish exam questions for my students at Ulster, has been preparing a presentation for the Forensic Science Regulator’s conference next week. I’ve been asked to speak some more about the issues related to software validation. Interestingly, there’s another session on method validation. Given that software, by its very nature, has to embody method, I think I may overlap a lot. However, the results from the workshop I arranged back in December will fit into this nicely and should provoke some discussion.

Here’s hoping that from the arguing we can reach a consensus about the way forward – ideally one that will work!

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