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Archive for April, 2015

Scott Cowie

BSc (Hons) Computer Forensics

Learning Python

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Hey guys, so as part of my group project for my 2nd year of Computer Forensics we have been creating an app to teach kids coding, we decided to focus on just teaching python so I created a view videos I placed on my SMC# channel first in a while. Here are the three I have uploaded today.


The first is where to download Python and install it there is a little more to it.

This second one focuses on how to create your first .py program (python) and run it, the example uses the print() function

The third one  have done shows how to create basic variables, gain user input and also how to create a custom formatted print string.

Give it a try let me know how you get on or how you thought I did. Any advice is great and as always thanks for watching/reading.

Final Year Module Choices for Computer Forensics

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Hey everyone Scott here, Here’s a little video to do with my final year choices whether I get a placement or not.

Speaking of placements got an application day for Accenture really hope I get this one as I’m running out of opportunities. Its at St.James Park easy enough to get to via bus or something rather then attempting to drive through.


Anyway back to my potential choices for my final year, I had intended to do AI this has now been dropped by Computer Forensics which is disappointing to say the least as I really wanted to do it. I could try and ask to see if its still running if I could go on it still. The issue is that I feel like I might embrace the change and see if it gets me somewhere I didn’t think I would go. I enjoy Software Development and would love to be a programmer but if I do the new choices I could end up being an investigator. I don’t know which way I want to go and I throw it out to you guys if you have any suggestions.


On another note I’ve been enjoying all the sun in Sunny Sunderland, the St Peters cafe sells ice lollies! Yay!! Enjoyed a nice day out yesterday after handing in a report spent the day with Becca then went out with her Mum in the afternoon so busy and exciting day! Anyway hopefully keep you up to date on any upcoming stuff! Thanks for reading….Ice Lolly!


Balancing holiday fun with work

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Hello everyone Scott here. Hope you had a great Easter!

As you might know I study Computer Forensics and do the software development side of the second year and I have had to try and balance my University work with actual part time work on the weekends and still try to have fun with my time off.


Quick placement update I have nothing lined up yet unfortunately still waiting to hear from some independent companies so fingers crossed but think I need to go  back on the attack again otherwise it looks like I might not be getting one… so many missed opportunities but oh well I can only try and try.



That being said it is understandable that University work should take priority for example, I had my third software development assignment for over the holidays due in on the 20th of April. I tired to do this in the first week although I had issues with certain parts I got it finished. Then I did my Computer Forensics report rewrite as I wanted to change it entirely as it was badly structured. At the same time i really wanna just play video games and enjoy the sun we’ve had. Now I’m in my last week of the holidays already… where did the days go… anyway I still have my group project to work on although I made a massive effort to tear most of that apart last week and have almost finished what I had allocated. The issue is that not everyone is available at the same time during these holidays, one member has gone back home which has made communication awkward but we are still plodding on.

I still have some reflection work to do for the group project and for Computer Forensics. The forensics ones just need a good rewrite. At the end of the day though the 3 weeks looked like there was enough time to get everything done but fun and excitement has takeover and what I planned to do in the first week didn’t get done for various reasons. My advice is to plan and organise but at the same time you need to have fun! All work and no play makes Scott a dull boy >.<

Anyway enjoy your time off and live your life! I’m gonna go play bye!


Video Interviewing Advice

Sunday, April 5th, 2015


Hey guys so today I did my video style interview with Accenture. I have done this once before when I did the Microsoft Interview and the idea was the same except on this one you had 3 minutes instead of 2 but it was hard to fill the time in some cases. Here is my advice on selling yourself on these interviews:


  • 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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