sUAS/RPA/Drone Forensic Analysis.
Andy Johnson-Laird is a forensic software analyst who analyzes computer based evidence and testifies about it in Federal and District Courts in the United States. He is also a self-launching (manned) sailplane pilot, fixed-wing and multi-rotor unmanned aircraft pilot, photographer, videographer, sound recordist, oenophile, and is just sinking his teeth into sous-vide cooking (well, more correctly, sinking his teeth into food cooked sous-vide).
Andy is a voting member of ASTM International's F38.02 subcommittee that has been requested by the FAA to develop unmanned aircraft best practices standards. He is the lead author of the best practice standards for
commercial flight operations of
over people, co-author for pilot knowledge and training, and task group member for extended and beyond visual line of sight commercial operations.
Andy flies two Freefly ALTA 6s, and anALTA 8, both with MoVI stabilized gimbals on them, as well as a DJI Phantom 3 Pro, and a DJI Inspire 1 and Inspire 2. He has donated footage as a volunteer for Oregon Public Broadcasting's local productions such as Oregon Field Guide and the special Oregon Revealed. He has also produced and edited long-form independent documentaries including Emma Unplugged (a documentary about 100 artists at The Emma Collaboration, 150 km north of Saskatoon, who were denied electrical power and challenged to collaborate and produce art).
In 1963 he started his computing career in London, working as a mainframe computer operator, technical writer, systems programmer, and lecturer in computer science, teaching people how to program. In the early days of the microcomputer era he built and tested microcomputers from kits and wrote The Programmers' CP/M Handbook, published by Osborne McGraw-Hill in 1983. It had 22,000 lines of Andy's source code in it. Osborne McGraw were leery of selling the source code as a separate product or on a floppy diskette in the book so they let Andy do that. Where was the Internet when you needed it?
Andy wishes to express his gratitude to his colleagues at Johnson-Laird Inc. who smiled benignly when he became distracted by multi-rotor copters, and to his wife, Kay Kitagawa, without whom none of his accomplishments since 1975 would have been possible. She has never once asked him, "Why do you need another <x>?" where <x> could be a camera, a lens, or a copter. She too, smiles benignly, and with a radiant smile that still melts his heart.
Andy also wishes to thank Gerald H. Robinson, his immigration and business attorney who, back in the late 1970's, helped Kay and him go from illegal immigrants to U.S. citizens by way of suing the Immigration and Naturalization Service for "arbitrary and capricious" judgment, and G. Gervaise ("Gerry") Davis III Esq., and the late Stephen J. Davidson Esq. who helped Andy get started in the field of Forensic Software Analysis with countless invitations to speak at computer law conferences.
There is more about Andy on Wikipedia. Some of it is even true.
www.rathergoodguides : Andy's other passion: excellent documentation!,
www.bruisedpixels.com : Unconventional computational photography images,
www.brushoflight.com : Conventional photography,
www.turnedtreen.com : Woodturnings.
Andy, assembling a Cinestar 8 copter. (2012)
"Forensic Software Analysis" is a phrase Andy coined when he found that, in legal circles, "takes money from lawyers" was a distinctly suboptimal job description.
He also coined the phrase "Technoarcheology" to describe the forensic analysis of failed software development project.
Freefly ALTA 8 with MoVI Gimbal moving fast.
Image courtesy of Freefly Systems
Image courtesy of National Cash Reigster Co.
The National Cash Register NCR-315 computer (shown above) was the first mainframe machine Andy learned to operate. By working the night shift, after all the programmers' jobs had been run, Andy found that he had a room-sized personal computer available. So he did the only rational thing he could think of doing: he taught himself to program it. This also demanded that he learn how to use an IBM 026 card punch and read countless manuals written in obscure "computerese."
It paid off.
IBM 026 Card Punch
Image courtesy of IBM.
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