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30 Questions

A while ago Abby Norman, who wrote the utterly fantastic book Ask Me About My Uterus and runs the excellent podcast Let Me Google That, posted a series of questions on Medium which she asks herself every year. Surprisingly, none of them are about her uterus.

Since I’m an ex-MySpace-kid and I love a good online survey, I thought I’d answer them this year, since there are thirty of them and I’m thirty. Did I mention I’m thirty? I MADE IT PAST TWENTY WITHOUT DYING, Y’ALL. Continue reading “30 Questions”

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Digital Forensics Resources

One of the most frequent questions I get from digital forensics students is about resources: where can they go to continue learning, where can they find out more about the industry, what are the best blogs and social accounts out there for DFIR people?

The below is by no means an exhaustive list, but here are some of the places I get my computer forensics news from, which you might find helpful.  Continue reading “Digital Forensics Resources”

Miscellaneous

The Ridiculous Search Terms That Bring People Here

How do people end up on my blog? Not many of them do. Most of my readers are me, looking back through what I’ve written to berate myself about how stupid it sounds a few days later.

But some people read it. And some of them got here through some pretty odd keyword searches…  Continue reading “The Ridiculous Search Terms That Bring People Here”

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Well holy shit, somehow it’s February

I haven’t posted since my review of Force of Nature on the 15th of January, which was a cheat post anyway because I wrote it last June. Before that I did my End of Year Reflections, plus a few other posts thinking about the year that had just happened and the one that was coming up.

Well, suffice it to say 2017 wasn’t exactly excellent. For the past few years I’ve adopted a Russian tradition of writing a wish for the upcoming year on a piece of paper, burning it, then tipping the ash into a glass of champagne and drinking it as I welcome in the new year. This year I didn’t get a chance to do that, but if I had then my wish would have been for the year to be better than 2017.

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Writing

Five Things I’ve Learned From Writing Professionally

I have been making a living through words on pages, in one way or another, since 2001.

Over the years, this has taken many forms: proofreading, poetry, copywriting, editing, academic research, translation… the list goes on.

Currently, on top of my various other jobs, I also edit a couple of websites. Doing so has recently given me cause to reflect on some of the things I’ve learned about writing over the years.

Continue reading “Five Things I’ve Learned From Writing Professionally”

Miscellaneous

To Share Or Not To Share – The Blogger’s Dilemma

“This will make a great blog post,” you find yourself thinking as you’re walking down the street / reading a book / eating a meal / being chased by a pack of wild dogs across arid terrain.

OK, maybe not that last one.

But we do have a tendency to look at everything as potential blog fodder. Or I know I do, anyway.

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Coming Up In Blog And Life

In case you hadn’t gathered from my increasingly sleep-deprived tweets, things are a little crazy right now. It’s conference season, and I have a giant backlog which is only being increased by the number of other engagements that keep dropping into my calendar.

Coming up over the next few weeks:

Continue reading “Coming Up In Blog And Life”