Hello!

My name is Michael. I'm a software consultant based in Hampshire on the South East of England.

If you're more interested in my work, then please visit:

Manticore Technologies Timestamp Red Sequence

Development Consultancy

Through Manticore Technologies I can provide full-stack development services specialising in .NET (C#), Microsoft Azure, Container based architecture and Web technologies.

Architecture Consultancy

Through Manticore Technologies I can help plan, cost, architect and review software projects of any size or scale.

About me

Some lists of stuff that I'm interested in.

Development

I've always been interested in new languages and software engineering techniques.

  • .NET (C#): My go to framework/language. I love the strong typing and functional capabilities.
  • Ruby: Rails kicked off the whole MVC revival and got Microsoft to build ASP.NET MVC!
  • Elixir: Ruby style syntax for Erlang. On my list of things to play with.

Music

Long-time Spotify user. Discover Weekly is an awesome feature. I have massively divergent musical tastes. Mostly listen to Ambient/Electronica/IDM when programming so as to not be distacted by lyrics. Try this playlist for the sort of thing I like. When not working, I listen to Planet Rock.

  • Ambient/Electronica/IDM: Aphex Twin, Biosphere, Boards of Canada, Deepchord.
  • Rock: Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Rush.
  • Other: Nine Inch Nails, David Bowie, Tool.

Books

Long-time Audible user too. Driving has become my book 'reading' (listening) time.

  • Sapiens / Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow: Yuval Noah Harari. A fascinating and sobering look at humans and where we're going.
  • The Culture novels: Iain M. Banks. Fantastic Science Fictions series - a place I'd love to live!
  • The Baroque Cycle: Neil Stephenson. Massive sprawling novel set in the 17th and 18th century.
  • The First Law: Joe Abercrombie. Gritty anti-heroes that are written with style.
  • The Gentlemen Bastards sequence: Scott Lynch. Really looking forward to Thorn of Emberlain.

Gaming

I'm a keen gamer. Look me up if you fancy a game, especially if you play Destiny 2 - my current addiction! My gamer tag is Tyridan (an old World of Warcraft character name) or Lord Tyridan.

PlayStation

Primary gaming platform!

PlayStation

Gamer tag: Tyridan

Devices: PS5

Favourites: God of War series, Uncharted series, Batman: Arkham series

Playing: Destiny 2

Awaiting: Not much else for a while. Destiny 2 has sunk its claws in! :(

Xbox

For Halo really.

Xbox

Gamer tag: Lord Tyridan

Devices: Nothing at the moment

Favourites: Halo series

Playing: Cuphead

Awaiting: Nothing

iOS

The platform with the best mobile games first.

Game Center

Gamer tag: Tyridan

Devices: iPhone 12 Pro Max

Favourites: Monument Valley 2, Super Hexagon, Hearthstone

Playing: Hearthstone

Awaiting: Diablo Immortal

Battle.net

Are Blizzard the most consistent game developer in the world?

Battle.net

Gamer tag: Tyridan#2748

Devices: Alienware 13 R3, MacBook Air (2012)

Favourites: Diablo series, StarCraft series, Ex-WoW player...

Playing: Nothing

Awaiting: Diablo IV

Steam / Epic Store

Mostly a console gamer these days, but a few games still drag me back in.

Steam

Gamer tag: Tyridan

Devices: Alienware 13 R3

Favourites: Elite: Dangerous, Half-Life series

Playing: Hades

Awaiting: Nothing

Curriculum Vitae

Highlights from my CV. Click to LinkedIn on the left for a more detailed overview.

Current employment

October 2018
Present

Ordnance Survey

Software Consutlant (Contract)

Address data processing system. Architect and lead developer of a highly-scalable .NET Core 3.1 microservice system deployed using Azure Container Instances (ACI).
February 2020
Present

Manticore Technologies

Director

Manticore Technologies is a software consultancy company specialising in .NET (C#), Microsoft Azure, Container based architecture and Web technologies.
June 2013
Present

Red Sequence

Co-founder

Red Sequence is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) specialist. Timestamp is our flagship product.

Education

1998
2002

The University of Birmingham

BSc (Hons) Computer Science/Software Engineering with Business Studies

Contact

Feel free to get in touch with me by using the contact options on the left.