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Scott Cowie

BSc (Hons) Computer Forensics

Problem Solving A Developers Best Tool

Monday, March 30th, 2015

Hey everyone a little video here to show a little bit of my Assignment 3 work with some little tips for Asp.Net C# Webforms:

Problem Solving is a key aspect of software development as most programs and software is created to solve a problem but inevitably something will go wrong and it will need to be debugged… a programmers best friend. I debug others work better then my own.


But I am proud to say that when a tutor came to ask my tutor advice for fixing a students problem he actually pointed to me and said I was the man for the job. That made me feel really good as I am sure programming is what I want to do so it kind of reaffirmed it for me in a way. Thanks for reading and if you have a problem make sure to message me on facebook especially if your a mate watching this although I can’t give you the answers as that would be cheating/plagiarizing but I can help debug issues ^.^

First Computing Society for University of Sunderland

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Hey guys a little video here to check in and let you know about the new Computing Society that’s being created!


I can confirm that the time, day and place is correct in the video so hope to see people there!



Oh and here’s a little extra story for ya. So I applied for IBM and I believe I mentioned previously that I had an online appitude test to take. Optimistically I thought meh how hard could it be. Well… ouch was I wrong, the first so many questions were patterns in which you had to figure it out some were really hard like: 1, 1, 4, 5/7 – 50 1254 and I was like .. what the … Then the next set of questions came… Even more maths but these were easier as it was like if this printer is 25% faster then the other how many more pages can it print out of a 1000 page workload or something like that. I laughed it off thinking well thats terrible goodbye IBM possibility… The next day I got an email saying I’ve been put through to the application day and passed the minimum score required. So it just goes to show that you have to be a little bit more optimistic!

Hands on with Mobile Forensics

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Mobile Forensics 

Today we had a guest lecturer representing Cellbrite Mobile Forensics and unfortunately I am sorry but I have forgotten his name. We got a great and interesting lecture we learned a great deal about how the memory works in a mobile phone and how flash memory saves/writes/etc. so as to see what the best method of extracting the data will be.

After this we got totally hands on which is great, a friend of mine pointed out that the course is called “Principles” of Computer Forensics so you might not expect to get down and dirty but it’s always great when you do. We were given some old Motorola handsets the L7 SILVR shown here:


The phone might be old but it was a useful test phone  for the kit we were using which were Cellbrite Touch’s not sure if it was the Ultimate or older version. Great machines very useful, it was running Windows XP with a little bit of knowledge but easy to use interface it was simple to get the data off. Then we had some fun playing round with some pre-made images of phones and had a laugh about a one that obviously thought his phone was wiped …wrong! Lol good laughs all round anyway. It was definitely a worthwhile experience the only downside is we didn’t have a break and it lasted 3 and half hours but it was great fun so it was worth it.



Placement Update:

So I ended up down to just 3 potentials left… D.W.P which might not even be happening (they haven’t responded regarding my application yet, Microsoft (in London)and Accenture (Newcastle). I have been unsuccessful with Clicksco, G.E was full, HP’s placement was unsuitable after all. Although I have had a few unsuccessful applications, it is important to NEVER GIVE UP! Something better will come around I’m sure (especially when I least expect it!) Because of these applications, I had decided to apply to some more, and I have been put through for an IBM placement (even though I only sent the application off TWO DAYS AGO!!) and have been given an online test which I will be completing very soon, so I’ll try to keep you guys updated!

If you guys are thinking of doing a placement year, then Rate My Placement is a great source  so check it out!


Speak soon guys



Cyber Attack News: Dark times on the web?

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

There are currently so many different attacks and problems going on at the moment on the internet in the world of Cyber Crime.


Firstly there has been an advancement with ransom-ware. Ransom-ware is a virus that infects a system and encrypts data on the computer/data platform and then ransoms the files/data. The newest development is that new versions of the virus attacks the save files of games and encrypts them to ransom being able to play the game or not. I’m glad this hasn’t happened to me as I’d hate to lose or not be able to play my games and having to start again but at the same time I wouldn’t pay for it back >.>

It targets very popular games such as Call of Duty, World of Warcraft and Minecraft for example I believe this has become a bigger issue due to the development of bitcoins as an online currency. Bitcoin is software that is created by algorithms made by a Japanese man named Satoshi Nakamoto and I must admit I don’t really get the idea but there is a limit of 21 million  bitcoins in some way maybe set like a constant. Anyway its definitely an interesting subject but it seems that most ransom-ware asks for this new currency as it cannot truly be traced so it may even be used for money laundering.



BBC Error

Another thing that happened today was with the BBC website being reported as a “server error” supposedly  as a result of Jeremy Clarkson’s departure from the tv show Top Gear. Although only down for about 1 hour, people were unable to access I player, BBC news, and BBC sport, and many believe it to be the work of hackers whom threatened on Twitter to crash the system.

Personally, I find the clown that appeared on the page to be very creepy!


Other than this, there is not many new things to report with myself because I am busy busy busy working on uni assignments, and applying to placements so keep safe and please be careful when on the internet!!



How to access Dreamspark for free programs

Sunday, March 8th, 2015

Hello, as part of the computer based courses we have access to multiple programs and features that other courses don’t as we can download and install different operating systems and programs used on the course and here is how:

These programs are multi use I have had to use them a few times and it has been really beneficial so that I can do work at home. I plan to install the Windows 10 Technical Preview from Dreamspark on an old laptop let me know if you’d be interesting in seeing what its like. Let me know by commenting here or on my Facebook page. Thanks for viewing/reading guys!

Seeking Industrial Placement?

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Hey everyone so this blog is about seeking an Industrial placement and although in the video I look through mostly IT based sectors there are plenty others so treat it as an overview:

Remember that you will likely have to write a cover letter stating why you want to apply for the placement or a short message but you will definitely need a CV. Now for those of you who struggle with these the University has loads of workshops as part of Sunderland Futures. Luckily for me my Professional Mentor also one of the other Sunderland Futures schemes, has been giving me advice such as layout and wording. Remember all experience is relevant but try not to go over 2 pages and be honest. You don’t want to tell them your awesome with a program or language then be called on it….

Anyway hope this helps!

Me getting ready for an interview:

A Day at the Jobs Fair

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Hello everyone for those who follow my various networking logs and for those who don’t know I recently attended the Jobs and Volunteering Fair on Friday over sat City Space (a lot easier to get to than last year trust me). It was a really great event with only one representative that couldn’t make it which is a great turn out here’s a little clip of how busy it was:

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Yeah unfortunately the way it is autoplays sorry for that but you can see it was quite busy. Anyway here’s a quick list of those who were there but I have put them in order of paid because I know that’s what you want then voluntary.


Although I am planning on doing a placement there were still a few I might consider, firstly there is the special constables which would be great for me to get a foot in the door with the police if I were to go into a proper Computer Forensics role this would be great. There were a lot of other great ones but there is one that I might greatly consider.


The one I ‘m referring to is STEM Ambassador and even though it’s not paid it sounded great, the lady actually approached me as I was about to be interviewed by Chris the event  coordinator and Ed the legendary media man haha and asked to speak to me afterwards. Essentially to simplify it you sign up and they ask you to go into schools and try to help/ teach children about the subject in question. STEM stands for sciences, Technology, Engineering and Maths… I think. This means I could go into schools and tell them they don’t have to be a nerd or someone who’s great at maths to do Computing and sell it. Like I do with everyone else I speak to lol. Here’s da Link!


Anyway keep it in mind as these are all great opportunities to potentially earn some money while studying and it all goes towards a CV that shows your human.

  • Name: Scott Cowie
  • Age: 25
  • Studying: Computer Forensics BSc (Hons)
  • Hometown: Birtley, UK
  • Ambitions: I want to go far in the Computer Forensics Industry and help create a world with a safe computer environment for everyone.

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