November 23rd 2016

Scalpel on MacOS Sierra

Recently, I’ve been exploring mobile forensics and I wanted to install Scalpel on my new Mac however, I encountered a few difficulties along the way. These steps seemed to resolve my issues so I thought I’d share what I did.

Download Scalpel from-

Unzip the file and navigate to the root of the folder. At this point, I attempted to run ./bootstrap however, this failed.

Part of the issue seems to be that under newer versions of Xcode, (around version 4.4.1 onwards), Apple doesn’t include Autoconf, Automake, and Libtool.

This link shows a manual way of installing these tools, although there’s an easier way….

If you have Macports installed-

sudo port install autoconf
sudo port install automake
sudo port install libtool

Note- choose automake rather than automake17

Following this, the machine should now be ready to install Scalpel-

sudo ./bootstrap
sudo ./configure 
sudo make install
November 19th 2016

Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band, Hampden Park, 1st June 2016

Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band, Hampden Park, 1st June 2016

Bruce Springsteen


Having seen Bruce in Glasgow in 2009 and 2013, I had to get tickets for this show. Originally, billed as The River Tour, Bruce announced he was changing up the setlist for the European shows.

Admittedly, the day didn’t get off to the best start. I took the Happy Bus from Arbroath as I was travelling alone. Not only was the bus late in picking us up, when we got to Glasgow, the driver dumped us in the middle of nowhere, 1 mile from Hampden. It was just as bad on the way home- we didn’t leave Glasgow until midnight because we were waiting on 1 passenger who’d gone to Queen Street and gotten a train home. As a result, I didn’t get home until 3am. Think carefully before booking a Happy Bus.

Anyway, on to the show…

It was a scorching day, and appropriately, Bruce started off with Waitin’ on a Sunny Day. The little girl he pulled up on stage with him was so enthusiastic.

It was a good mix of a setlist balanaced between songs from The River, and songs spanning the rest of Bruce’s career: everything from Spirit in the Night to Death to My Hometown. I’m Goin’ Down was a huge surprise in the setlist- I love the entire Born In The USA album as it’s one of the first albums I bought as an undergrad at uni (you know, when Dundee still had Fopp).

The biggest surprise of them all was when Born in the U.S.A. was played. No one expected it. When I realised what song was being played, my jaw dropped. I now own the official recording of the gig and I guess most of the audience felt the same way as there’s nothing but a massive roar on the opening bars of the song.

As for the 10 minute rendition of Shout, how do Bruce and the E-Street band do it?! I was tired just watching the show.

It’s hard for me to pick out a single highlight of the gig. Put it this way, at 3.5 hours long, it’s one of the best gigs I’ve *ever* been to. No exaggeration. Hurry back Bruce.

Waitin’ on a Sunny Day
Spirit in the Night
My Love Will Not Let You Down
The Ties That Bind
Sherry Darling
Two Hearts
Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)
Hungry Heart
Out in the Street
Lonesome Day
You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)
Death to My Hometown
American Skin (41 Shots)
Murder Incorporated
I’m Goin’ Down
Johnny 99
The River
Point Blank
Darkness on the Edge of Town
The Promised Land
Working on the Highway
Darlington County
Because the Night
The Rising
Thunder Road

Born in the U.S.A.
Born to Run
Glory Days
Dancing in the Dark
Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
Shout (Isley Brothers cover)

Encore 2:
This Hard Land (solo acoustic)

November 19th 2016

The Mikado, His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen, 28th May 2016

The Mikado

This is the reason I had to leave Montrose Music Festival early- there were too many good things going on that weekend!

Going to the Opera has been an item sitting on my bucket list for a long time. I received an email about Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado coming to Aberdeen so I thought I’d take the opportunity to head to the theatre.

If you haven’t heard of The Mikado, it’s a comic opera, sung in English. If you want a full summary, click here.

I genuinely didn’t expect to laugh so much at an opera, but I thoroughly enjoyed it (Richard Suart as Ko-Ko & Andrew Shore as Pooh-Bah stole the show). It was also great to hear a live orchestra too. Somehow, even Donald Trump got a mention.

Definitely not my last visit to the opera!

November 19th 2016

Montrose Music Festival, 28th May 2016

Montrose Music Festival

The headline act for this part of the weekend was Jools Holland, however I didn’t attend that gig. Instead, I headed into town on the Saturday morning to see what was going on at the main High Street stage.

This time around, I only managed to see a few acts, all of which were excellent: Kith and Kin, the Arcades, and the Main Street Blues (gotta love some bluesy music). There was a variety of food on offer too in the market section of the High Street- I made a beeline for the crepe stand (…as per usual).

I didn’t see any pub gigs this year either (I had tickets to the opera up in Aberdeen so couldn’t stick around). Roll on Bryan Adams come August though.

November 19th 2016

Annie, His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen, 14th May 2016


Annie was another musical I’d wanted to see for a while (even though I’ve never seen the film….I’m sure we all know some of the songs from it though). I bought my ticket last minute (as I wasn’t sure what I was doing that weekend) and still managed to secure a single seat in the 3rd row- the benefits of seeing shows alone!

I’m not going to summarise the plot- most people know the story of Little Orphan Annie.

I thought the kids in the cast were amazing- so much energy for the entire show, well acted. I was also pleasantly surprised by Elaine C. Smith- I’m used to seeing her as a comedian, but she was a fantastic Miss Hannigan. Excellent performance!