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Eric Huber
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I have an interview up with Andrew Case now on the blog. There is something for everyone in this one thanks to Andrew's hard work on this interview.
I can't remember how long I've known Andrew. It seems like we've been corresponding on social media and email for ages now and I've been a fan of his work for a very long time. He's been a heroic contributor to the open source digital forensics community and I figured it was long past time for ...
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"I also developed a 32-bit Intel hobby OS along the way that, while not overly impressive compared to others, routed interrupts through the APIC, supported notions of userland processes, and had very basic PCI support."

I'm feeling so inferior right now.... (+Andrew Case )
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Almost had a top 10 finish on this stage.  No running so that always helps. :)

I think what I like about competitive action shooting is that it's quite a contrast from my day job.  There isn't any digital component to shooting (scoring is another matter..).  The Glock isn't going give me the Blue Screen of Death or crash to desktop in the middle of the stage.  There's no patching, viruses, or cryptic hex error messages.  It's basically just physics, mechanics, with some chemistry thrown in for good measure.

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I'm using a Glock 34 Gen 4 which is around 23 ounces unloaded and some inexpensive 115 grain 9mm rounds I was able to get during the big run on ammo earlier in the year.  The 115 grain rounds are a bit more snappy than the heavier 147 grain rounds that most people use.
 
The muzzle flip isn't bad, but some people do go with heavier double action/single action guns for this division. Once I move into Single Stack (1911 division), my plan is to turn this into a steel shooting gun which means adding weight to it so reduce muzzle flip.
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So I picked up competitive action shooting this year.  I actually completed my initial training early in 2013, but pretty much had to sit on the beach until about May because of the ammo shortage.  It took that long to get enough 9mm for me to be able to compete.
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Well, it's finally here. The latest and greatest version of plaso just got released, just in time for Halloween.
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New AFoD Blog post on the current state of digital forensics academic programs.  This one took me a very long time to get out because I tried to be as diplomatic as possible, but it's hard given how awful some of the current digital forensics programs are.
The famous John Lydon quote strikes me as an appropriate title for a blog post on the state of digital forensics academic programs in the United States. I have been a hiring manager for high tech investigations teams since about 2007 and was involved in assessing candidates for the teams that I ...
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I'll have to craft another post on this once I get back from CEIC since the interest level is pretty high in what I wrote and some people are asking some very good questions that I'd like take a stab at answering.

What I won't do is comment on any specific programs because the purpose of my post wasn't to embarrass any particular program, but to essentially provide a warning to people considering breaking into the field through a degree in digital forensics.
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cool stuff. looks like fun.
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Aw, man. I missed Miguel v. Irwin in Single Stack!?! Irwin is one of the reasons I'm looking forward to shooting Single Stack at WAC. I know there will always been someone who will annihilate me at any given match so it forces me not to get lazy.  
Irwin is a great shooter and a very nice guy. He found out I had never fired a 1911 before and thought that was really wrong. He allowed me to put some rounds through his 9mm Trojan which was really awesome of him! 
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+Taurean Dennis The Glock doesn't crash to desktop, the Beretta doesn't need to be patched repeatedly for six months to work right, and the Smith and Wesson's user interface is pretty easy.  So, yeah, it's a nice break from the day job. :)
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What I learned from watching this video of myself? I move like a pregnant yak.  I'm steadily losing weight now and I'm hoping this helps my scores. You don't have to do all that much running in USPSA, but every fraction of a second helps.  I've had at least one match where coming behind someone by a half second cost me quite a few places on a stage and kept me out of the top 10 finishers for a stage.
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+Mike Jacobson You have seen me when I first started. I move like a ballerina now compared to back then.

USPSA is speed, power, and accuracy.  The scoring is a bit complex, but it's ultimately a function of how accurate you are and how quickly you complete the stage. You can see the timing device that the Range Officers are using in the videos.  The buzzer goes off and the timer begins.  The timer updates itself each time it hears a shot so your time is that last shot you take.

The rub is that you can incur penalties for misses, failure to engage targets, and other procedural violations.

Power is a function of your ammo. Your ammo has to reach a certain "power factor" (bullet weight times velocity) depending on which division you are shooting in.  I'm shooting "Production" where pretty much everyone shoots 9mm.

The colors are just me being festive. If I can shoot well, I can at least look good while I'm doing it.  I picked University of Florida colors since I'm going to school there until I graduate or they kick me out.  Coin toss on which result happens first.

I do have blue grip tape on my Glock because it looks nifty and it rains quite a bit in Florida in the summer.  I also have it on my mags.  It helps me grab the mag and the individual numbers on the magazine allow me to keep myself organized and to I can ID a bad mag if one starts to give me problems.

Ammo placement is a rule.  It also depends on your division. In the division that I am in, the magazines have to be past your hip bone which is why you see my mag pouches pretty much going to the middle of my back.  In some of the more "speedier" divisions, you can have them anywhere.
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I have a new AFoD Blog post out.  I used this one to complete my thoughts on the current state of digital forensics education. I won't be winning any new friends in the digital forensics academic world.
I'm back in graduate school these days which is one of the reasons why I'm long overdue on this blog post. Returning to school has provided me with perspective of a student when thinking about the issue of digital forensics degrees. The more I think about it, the less I like the idea of the ...
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That's basically that person admitting that the academic programs do a poor job preparing students for the field. There shouldn't be a difference between "academic" forensics and "practical" forensics. 

There are a few digital forensics degree programs (graduate and undergraduate) that are so awful that they're a negative when I see them on a resume. 
 
If you are inclined to do a graduate program, it's probably a better idea to do something broader and more rigorous than than the average digital forensics graduate program. Certs/training/home learning in lieu of a DF graduate degree sounds reasonable also especially if time and money is limited.

My advice to people who want to get into the field through the undergraduate route is to do it through a good engineering program (computer, electrical, etc). It prepares you much better for a career in digital forensics and it also gives you broader career options beyond just digital forensics.
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I have a new blog post up that has pretty much absolutely nothing to do with digital forensics. It's about a real life superhero (and I prove this claim in the blog post with irrefutable evidence) who could use our help. Gar "Doc" Welt spent most of his life protecting us. Now we have the opportunity to help him out.
In the way of warning, this blog post has almost nothing to do with digital forensics and everything to do with something more important. One of the nice things about having my own blog is that I am my own editor and I don't have to ask permission to write about something that has very little to ...
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I learned about this from +Cory Altheide 's twitter feed. Pretty fantastic photographs of the ruins of Tatooine.
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  • University of Florida
    Master of Business Administration, 2013 - 2015
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato
    Law Enforcement, 1990 - 1993
  • Drake University
    Master of Public Administration, 1993 - 1995
  • Dartmouth College
    Tuck School of Business Executive Education, 2010 - 2010
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