Books

Silence Is My Mother Tongue by Sulaiman Addonia

I was sent this book to review, and I liked the sound of it immediately because of the title. I have a bit of an obsession with silence, and its causes and effects.

The book focuses on the story of Saba, who lives in a refugee camp but dreams of leaving and going to university. One day she wants to be a doctor, helping people who need it and using her intellect to make a difference in the world.  Continue reading “Silence Is My Mother Tongue by Sulaiman Addonia”

Personal

A Decade On…

I turned thirty this year, and uncharacteristically for me I both spoke about it and celebrated it a little bit. In the course of reflecting on leaving my twenties, I thought about some of the things I’d done over the last few years, and it turned out there were a lot of them.

As the end of the year creeps closer I always find myself reflecting on what I’ve done over the last twelve months and what I might like to do over the next twelve. However, in the words of Bill Gates, “Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years.” I really saw this clearly when I looked back over the last decade: there were a few patches of time in which I felt I wasn’t doing much, or moving forward with my life, but when I reflected on the decade as a whole I realised how much I’d got done.  Continue reading “A Decade On…”

Forensicating

Review: BlackLight from BlackBag

When I had a meeting with BlackBag a while ago, I was pleasantly surprised by how knowledgeable and enthusiastic the representatives seemed about their products. Not only were they open to showing me all sorts of things the tools could do, they also knew the back stories to how they were created, and why they’re necessary for the field.

So when I got the chance to review the latest version of BlackLight, I decided to go for it.  Continue reading “Review: BlackLight from BlackBag”

Books

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

I hadn’t heard of this book before Penguin invited me, on a balmy summer evening in London, to attend a cocktail party with its author. They were giving out free copies of the book when I arrived, and I took it home and read it that night.

It was good.  Continue reading “The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert”

Renovations

The Flat List #3

Gulp.

Alright, it’s been long enough since my last update on The Flat List that I should probably go through it again and see what I can cross off and what still needs to be done. It feels like a lot has happened since June; I hope I’m right about that.

Here goes…  Continue reading “The Flat List #3”

Forensicating

Interviews with digital forensics practitioners

In one of my day jobs, I edit Forensic Focus, which includes writing articles, interviewing key industry figures, and spending far too much of my life at conferences.

Recently I’ve interviewed a few people about their areas of forensic expertise, so I thought I’d share them here in case you missed them.  Continue reading “Interviews with digital forensics practitioners”

Travel

Review: Hurley House Hotel, Berkshire

I’ve been to Hurley House Hotel twice now, and both times I utterly loved it. The first time I went alone, having booked an impromptu weekend break when it got to halfway through Friday and I realised I just couldn’t deal with the thought of doing any more work. I arrived, spent the night in the comfy bed, showered under the waterfall shower in the morning, spent six hours in the luxurious bathtub draining the contents of the minibar, and had a Michelin-starred dinner before bed. On the Sunday morning I had a wonderful brunch in a beautiful dining room, and by the time I left I knew I’d be back.

Fast forward to my friend’s surprise hen do, for which we had to arrange six of us to get together somewhere, either for dinner or the night or both.  Continue reading “Review: Hurley House Hotel, Berkshire”