Hi, my name is Mike, also known in the online world as Nimraynn. This is my dumping ground for anything I see fit, so don’t expect to find a specific theme around this website. Anything I’m interested in and feel like sharing will be here!
So about me? The basic information is that I’m 29 years old and live in Maidstone, Kent, UK. As you may have guessed from my photo to the left, I’m a Crystal Palace FC supporter & season ticket holder in the Lower Holmesdale stand (EAGLES! )
As a profession, I work in the IT world as an Infrastructure Support Analyst. This role is essentially server & application support, third line type stuff. I have been doing this job since February 2016. Prior to this, I worked for the same company doing their Desk Side Support, second line type stuff. I worked in this role from August 2007 all the way until January 2016. During my time as a Desk Side Support technician, I became qualified as an MCDST in Windows XP, followed by an MCITP: EDST in Windows 7. I have also become qualified in the foundation level of the ITIL v3 Framework.
Personally, I have quite a big interest in all things computing. Ever since my family owned an Amiga A500+ back in the late 90’s, I’ve picked up an interest in computers. I used to spend hours playing games on the Amiga and just generally clicking about in Workbench. After a few years, we got a “proper PC” in the guise of a Packard Bell Pulsar 16 running Windows 95 and eventually we got an Internet connection. Woo! This is what truly kicked off my interest. I don’t even remember exactly what it was that made me interested, but I remember spending hours upon hours messing around with it, seeing what it could do. To this day, I still pretty much do the same thing with both old and modern computers.
I own a collection of different machines and I’m a big fan of the Apple Mac range of machines. I love the way they work, their simplicity and power combined, plus the beauty of some models like the tablelamp style iMac G4. My collection includes:
- Custom-built Windows 10 gaming PC (Was good spec when it was built about 4 years ago. Not so impressive now), dual boot with Mac OS X 10.11.6 El Capitan
- Apple MacBook Pro 13″ Retina (Late 2014, Mac OS X 10.13.3 High Sierra)
- Apple PowerMac G5 (2x 2.0GHz, 8GB RAM, Mac OS X Server 10.5.8)
- Apple iMac G4 17″ (1GHz, 768MB RAM, Mac OS X 10.4.11 Tiger)
- Apple eMac (1GHz G4, 512MB RAM, UbuntuPPC Linux)
- Advent NetBook (Intel Atom, 2GB RAM, OS changes almost daily )
Alongside computing, another one of my big passions is cars. I really enjoy the modified car scene. The photos in the header of each page on this site are of my current car. It’s a MY2000 BMW E46 323Ci SE. I have spent way too much money on it over the three and a bit years I’ve owned it. It’s far from standard with its HSD coilover suspension, CSL wheels, carbon fibre CSL boot lid, MSport bodykit, M3 interior, the list goes on forever! Prior to the E46, I have owned two Vauxhall Astra H’s and still remain a part of the Astra Owners Network community. This club is pretty much what has kept my interest in cars so strong and I’ve made so many long term friends through the modified car scene.
I tend to visit and show at quite a few car shows throughout the year. I generally try to attend most of the following shows as long as I can get the time off work and they don’t clash!
- Heaven on Wheels (Anderlecht, Belgium)
- The Fast Show (Santa Pod Raceway, Bedfordshire)
- BHP Performance Show (Lydden Hill, Kent)
- Incarnation (Brighton Seafront, East Sussex)
- Scottish Car Show (Edinburgh, Scotland)
- Trax (Silverstone, Northamptonshire)
Finally, I’m also a guitarist, although I’ll admit I’m not that great. I’m hoping to get back into it a bit more as I’ve really been slacking over the last few years. I first started learning to play the guitar when I was about 7 or 8 years old back in primary school. I don’t know what made me want to do it, but I remember being given a slip of paper to take home and fill out if I wanted to take any lessons in musical instruments. I vividly remember sitting on the back of the sofa shouting “Guitar!” at my Mum. No idea why I wanted to, but I wanted to learn the guitar!
Thankfully, she put me into some guitar lessons which were based around classical Spanish guitar. I had a great teacher, Mr. Stockton, who made the lessons really fun and I enjoyed my time playing with him. I got, what I’d like to think was, rather good for my age, but unfortunately when I moved to secondary school, Mr. Stockton was no longer available and I was forced to find another teacher. The only teacher at my secondary school was someone I really did not get on with. So much I can’t even remember his name. Unfortunately do to this, I soon stopped taking lessons and eventually the whole desire to play the guitar slipped away from me.
Skip forwards about 3-4 years to when I was in year 10 or 11. Someone i’d made good friends with throughout secondary school, Richard Cowe, was telling me how he’d recently bought an electric guitar and he’d been teaching himself. He thought it was great and reckoned I should get a guitar and join him too. I told him that I used to play guitar, dug out my Admira Infante guitar out of the loft and we started playing again. I soon bought an electric guitar & amp and we rocked out.
After a while, I joined up with a few guys from school and formed a band. We played a few bits that were the sort of emo-type music from the mid-2000’s. You know the sort of Green Day, Hawthorne Heights, Aiden type stuff. We used to go down to Scream Studios in South Croydon on a weekend and jam out for 4 hours. Cost something like Â£20 to hire a room and amps for that time. Was awesome. If I’m honest, I don’t actually remember why we split up as a band. Unfortunately these days, a good 10 years on, we have gone our separate ways and I don’t speak to any of the guys. Richard, Matt, Sam, Dan, Phil, anyone
Over the years though, I have built up a bit of a collection of guitars. They’re nothing special, but they’re mine. My collection includes:
- Admira Infante 3/4 size classical (My first ever guitar. I’ll never get rid of this)
- Kasuga 12-string acoustic guitar (This sounds awesome!)
- Eastwood matte black acoustic
- Eleca Stratocaster (My first electric. It may be cheap crap, but I love it)
- Rockers Les Paul
- Homebrew Telecaster
- Yamaha electric bass
- Do Guitar Hero controllers count? I have three of these!
If you’ve got this far, I thank you for reading about me and hope you enjoy the site and find some of it useful!