Welcome and Hello. Thank you for visiting my website. My name is Michael (Mike) Grant, business owner and web designer at Mike’s Web Services. Here’s how I got to where I am now. Way back in the late 1970s and all through 1980s I would spend much of my teenage years (and disposable income) and up to my early 20s at video game arcades in Sydney and Parramatta, NSW. My journey into the fascinating world of computing began in 1982, when I purchased a Commodore 64 home computer from Kmart at Mount Druitt. NSW. This was the first home computer that became really popular.
I really liked playing games like Space Invaders, Pacman and Galaga. The Commodore 64 only had 64KB of RAM memory, but judging by the quality of games being released, I imagine that every single byte would have been used. Soon after that I purchased a Commodore 128, which as you can guess had twice the RAM. I still remember the Dark Ages of cassette game loaders. These were basically music cassettes with computer code on them instead of music. A game would typically take about 20 minutes to load because the data was stored in a linear fashion (basically all in a straight line).
Then came disk drives. These were basically round media 5.25 inches across, which were protected by a plastic outer sleeve. These loaded faster because now every part of the disk could be accessed by the drive in a single rotation. Those were the days….when men were men and floppy disks really were floppy…
Games were great, but there had to more to life. I eventually upgraded to an Amiga 500 after seeing an Amiga 1000 that one of my friends owned and watching the Amiga promo video There is a link to a Youtube version of that video just over to the right side of this page. I’ve added it to the sidebar on the right if you’re interested in watching it. Floppy drives were no longer actually floppy, but were still referred to as such. Now they were 3.25 inches across, and protected inside of a hard plastic case. Eventually I moved up to an Amiga 2000 because I was going to expand it’s capability with graphics cards, more RAM and hard drives.
The Amiga had some great music and animation programs. Back in 1989 I went to an Amiga expo at Darling Harbour. There`was a young man there at a stall representing one of the computer stores. He had a music keyboard hooked up to an Amiga via a MIDI interface, and a decent sound system. He created an original breathtaking piece of music after what seemed like only a few minutes of effortless tweaking. I as extremely envious. I vowed that I would create such a music system myself but I was too distracted by life and it never happened.
One of my ambitions was to create an animated science fiction film, similar to Star Trek The Animated Series. This didn’t happen either, but I would still like to do this one day. I became reasonably proficient with VideoScape3D and created some animations. I tried my hand at music with music tracker programs such as Octamed and Protracker. Unfortunately my experimentation with music did little more than drive my cat into hiding.
Then were some great games like Star Wars, Extensor and Defender Of The Crown. After a long day at work, the Star Wars game was nice. Destroying the Death Star 2 or 3 times before dinner was very satisfying. Extensor was like like the Light Cycles game from TRON, one of my favourite movies. Defender Of The Crown was also a personal favourite, being set in Medieval times.
In 2008, I purchased an Apple iMac desktop computer. Unlike my previous experiences with Windows computers, everything actually worked! Nice! The Mac reminded me of Amiga in many ways so I was fairly happy. It could have been improved by the addition of more RAM and more USB ports. The Garageband program that came bundled was awesome. I purchased a cheap music keyboard. The cheapest I could find with a MIDI interface. I had fun, but my music composition skills had not improved much.
After several years of dirty and dangerous factory jobs I’ve finally decided to ditch the slavery and start doing something I enjoy, like building websites. And that is the extremely long-winded story of Mike’s Web Services came into existence.
Amiga Promo Video
Defender Of The Crown
Defender Of The Crown
Music & Animation