Welcome to my digital spot on the net!
C# and php
developer.

About

Below is a timeline of what I feel are significant points throughout my working life.

What has made me who I am.

  • cbitz-microman

    April 1991

    Computa Bitz was born

    Having worked on Saturday and Sunday markets for 2 years whilst at school, in May 1991 the opportunity arose to purchase the stall I was working on selling games. With a £1500 loan and plenty of time on my hands Computa Bitz was born, I was about to solve a huge problem I had 3 years previous when buying games for my Amstrad cpc 464 with colour monitor!

  • UnrealEd

    Sept 1999

    Level editing

    Unreal tournament was released on PC and it came with a level editor, even though it was hugely buggy I don't say this very often due to its stigma but, OMG!

  • 3ds_max and Photoshop

    Sept 2000

    Began evening studies with Photoshop and 3D Studio Max

    I signed up for evening classes at Smethwich College to learn about image processing and 3D Studio Max as I wanted the ablity to create my own world objects and texture maps in game editors.

  • Wolverhampton University

    Sept 2003

    Wolverhampton University

    With my evening study as a qualifier I enrolled on a BSc (Hons) Computer Science (Games Development) course, I was confident at first but soon realised that there was a huge learning curve ahead.

  • July 2004

    UT 2004 DM-Toys-Story

    A good friend asked me to create a game level of his house, by now I understood about scale, BSP objects, static meshes, UV co ordinates and UVW Unwrap so after some thought I gave it a shot.

  • SignFORM

    July 2004

    Part time work - SignFORM Ltd

    I had left a previous part time job due to being sent out on late deliveries and this caused me to miss some lectures so I managed to find some great work with a local sign company. This worked well as many of the jobs were repetative so I could think about the lecture notes whilst working, win win!

  • NMBS

    July 2007

    NMBS - University placement

    I was successfull in finding a role with the National Merchant Buying Society to build on an existing content managment website in asp. Here I learnt both procedural and object coding but I also gained real world experience of how projects in a large company were started and seen through to the end when multiple departments are involved.

  • graduation

    May 2009

    Graduation and employment

    I Graduated from Wolverhampton University with a first class degree in Computer Science (Games development). I handed my final project in on the Friday 8th May and started work at Pebble Learning on Monday the 11th May. No rest for the wicked!

  • Zeel

    October 2014

    Zeel Solutions Ltd

    After an interview that I felt I had blown, I have only had 4 proper interviews so it's not something that I'm skilled at but I was given a Junior software development position, long hours but rewarding when solutions were found. Little did I know I was about to be thown some bait

  • poker

    January 2015

    Card Room Enterprises

    Originally stated as a C# winforms developer role for poker tournament software with some occasional overtime required, just weeks in alarm bells began to ring, 6 months in and my role is now full time technical support providing 24/7 cover and even more worrying, little or no development time. Always carrying a support phone and receiving 2am support calls was not what I signed up for and I'm grateful to have been offered a position back at Zeel Solutions so worked my notice and moved on.

  • again

    July 2015

    Zeel Solutions Ltd

    I returned to Zeel feeling inspired after talking with their new lead developer who loved elegent software patterns, only to find that two weeks later he left. The team were a nice group, however I felt the business development team started writing cheques for the dev team to have to cash just to get a new customer signature. I didn't and don't want to give customers a bad experience, it's simply not a good practice.

  • Premier

    May 2016 - current

    Premier Software Solutions

    Within a team of 5 developers I took on thier webforms Salonlite product which is their entry software to online clients, resolved over 150 feature/bug tickets and released the new version with 3 new payment plans, receipt editing, Dropbox export and a new subscription plan manager. It may be simplistic but it is easy to use which is probably why it's used by over 1000 salons daily. My role then evoled to their new php online booking system which is now going through final testing before release. My contribution was various features via C# web methods for availability, database design and the new payment gateway processing.

Cars

A life long passion in attention to detail.

Pontiac Finale

Whilst young and nieve, I thought it would be fun to build a kit car so I visited the Stoneleigh annual kit car show with a very good friend who was not working at the time. He agreed to help as he had far more experience with mechanics. Between us over 12 months be built the following from a very sorry looking Pontiac Fiero.

Pontiac Ferrari F355

After the previous car, I said I'd never do it again. I'm still not sure how I was persuaded but it was a stupid idea. 5 years later this was the result, it went over budget by 5k and I could have sunk another 5k into easily. A costly learning curve. I still get excited by beautiful kits but I am reminded by this car of their ability to eat both time and money.

MR2 GTS

Toyota never released the MR2 GTS in the UK so I was forced to find an import from Japan (this meant it was still right hand drive). Like with anything you fall in love with, it's just impossible to explain how good this car is, its incredibly light, mindbendingly nimble and 204bhp (standard rev 2) with 220lbft of torque it really is eye blurringly fast around the welsh valleys.

SLK 200 r171

My wife has wanted one of these since we first spotted the early version in 2005. They are not without their faults but the car has been reliable. The traction control is way to protective and basically says you'll never have any fun, if you do manage to get it sideway some how it then cuts all the power so you can't get it back in shape, my advice is turn it off if you want any fun. Otherwise as a daily drive when the suns out it's great with the roof down, it has a nice raspy tone and it looks fantastic when detailed.

Insignia SRI

Where to start. This was my daily drive for 18 months. It was very comfortable and the chassic does a good job to hide it's huge weight but that's about it! One of the least enjoyable cars I've ever driven and after just 9 months of owning it, it had been in the garage 8 times. I'll stop there as I don't want this to get ugly, but I won't be buying another Vauxhall for a while! I've had a couple previously and they were brilliant but this was obviously a Friday afternoon car.

Celica ST205 GT-Four

I've saved the best till last, although the MR2 is right up there with this but the GT-Four wins because after a hard day at work on a wet cold rainy night the GT-Four won't try to kill you when it comes on boost in mid corner. This really is an awesome machine at a fraction of the costs involved with owning other GT cars, fast enough to have fun at any speed and 4 wheel drive to keep you safe. It's just the best car I've ever owned. Period! I don't ever want to sell it.

Photography

Armed with a Nikon D7000 and a collection of lenses, my gallery will be here soon. Here are some teaser shots

motorsport

Motorsport

wildlife

Wildlife

landscapes

Landscapes

Natural World

Natural World

abstract

Abstract

misc

Misc

3D Studio

3D Editing and Design

Scrolls

Made for a 3D assignment.

Fireplace 1

Helped design a fireplace.

Fireplace 2

Helped to design another

Chess Set

Everyone does a chess set

13,000 poly church

Made from about 25 unique pieces.

Highway

To hell or heaven?

Contact Me

Feel free to drop me a line with any questions.