A little background on me
Hi! My name is Michael.
I am 20 years old, and I am part of the
I have one brother,
can also visit my Dad's homepage:
picture on the right was taken 9th April 2006... This picture has come
out better than some of myself :-|
I live in Saltdean (near Brighton), in good old rainy Britain.
I currently go to Brighton University,
studying Computer & Electronic Engineering. Apart from being a st00dent, I am
currently a duty-manager at my local co-op. Not much more pay than a normal assistant, but
I'm in charge >:)
At the end of September 2004 I bought
my first car. It was a Blue 1995 Fiat Cinquecento. I have posted
some pictures in a gallery
for anyone interested. It is only 899cc, but it did me nicely for
the 6 mile trip into uni each day. The speakers in the front of the
cinquecento are so small, that don't give good bass response at all, so
I installed some good £50 6x9 pioneers in the parcel shelf. These 6x9s
gave far better bass, but
the only way to stop the badges on them rattling, was sticking them
in place with some good old blu-tak.
In June 2006, I bought my second car - a 5 door 'tie-break' green
'Roland Garros' limited edition Peugeot 206. I have made a picture
gallery here. Although I haven't driven
many cars, I can say with no doubt how much better it is than the cinq.
The driving position is a little different to the cinq, but it didn't
take long to get used to. The bigger engine really makes a
difference, for not only overtaking, but accelerating up the hilly south
downs in the area! One of the only things that I preferred on the cinq,
was how much easier it was to manoeuvre - thinner body pillars and being
smaller gave it good visibility and a smaller turning circle made
parking a doddle, whereas the 206 being longer and safer (with wider
corner supports) gives a larger turning circle and more blind spots.
Interior comfort is also much better than the cinq - leather trim sporty
seats in the front are much more comfy and being longer gives good boot
space and better leg
room in the back, although there is restricted headroom for taller
passengers in the rear seats.
hobbies of mine include listening and playing traditional folk music.
Mainly I will be found playing English tunes on my violin (picture on
the right) but I also play some Irish and Scottish pieces as well.
I started playing violin in '93 and was classically trained, until '02
when study commitments meant I could not continue with the lessons (at
this point I was at grade 6 standard). Since then I have carried on
playing for fun at the tune sessions around Lewes, where people don't
mind if you hit the odd wrong note etc!
Regular sessions I will usually be found at include:
I am currently a member of the
Network Scout Unit in Saltdean, which currently is operating as part
of the '3 Deans' Explorer Unit.
The 3 deans group is fed into by the
42nd Brighton (Saltdean)
Also, why not pay a visit to the Brighton Scouts web
site, or Scout Base.
In 2003-4, I joined the cipher club at Varndean, and
entered into a team for the
Cipher Challenge. If you are interested in ciphers, then why not
visit my cipher sub-page... happy cracking!
[update] Because of workload of College coursework, and the CBA
factor, this hasn't been updated for a while, when I get some more
free time, I shall upload some more different types of cipher
cracking tools. BTW all the tools I have created are uploaded
here, along with other pieces of software I
have created: ./software.
[update] I am now unfortunately too old to enter the 2004-5 cipher
challenge and therefore I might not get round to completing all the
The team I was in even got recognition in the local paper -
click to view the article.
There is also an article about myself and team partner Ed Craske on
My brother (Paul) is also interested in
computer programming, and has released AFP.NET (Advanced Flash Player,
on the .NET framework). This can be found on his domain cr3ation.co.uk
For those interested, I have also created a small
WAP site. There is not much here, but is a nice homepage to use on
my phone :)
WAP SITE IN DEVELOPMENT:
Out of interest, if you do try the WAP site, I would be
interested to know the outcome - please contact me using the address
at the bottom of the page.
Other Websites Of Mine
Alias Website names
webmaster <dot> michael <at> curry <dot> f2s <dot> com