Hello and welcome to my webpage! I hope you enjoy what you find here. In some ways this place has been given a large makeover in the last few years or so. To begin with it was a site about me in general, and has now transformed into a site about the best computer ever the world has seen, the Commodore 64. You can go and browse all the stuff to do with the machine from the links now nicely laid out on the left hand side of the screen.
Anyhow, here are the facts as I am laying them down. My name is Mat Allen, known to most people around the community as either Mayhem or MayhemUK, and at this moment in time I am 31 years old. I had been working at a firm called Twinsoft since January 1998, but around March 2000, Compaq took us over and we became essentially a sub-division within them. Most people who were there moved onto other areas or were made redundant, not many of us left! At this moment I am still working in the Applications Supports section, doing things mainly for BT and Axa. Primarily this is work ensuring that you, the general punter out there, gets to see the TV programmes that you want to watch at the correct time. Heavy stuff eh? Well it pays well both to us and to the company, so why not?! It isn't all that stressful either fortunately. We moved into a brand new building full of glass in the middle of 2002, great for those vertigo sufferers now! Most of you will have heard about the Hewlett Packard takeover and we're all one big happy family under blue instead of red. Supposedly. Bye bye some jobs, bonus, Xmas thingies... for now. It'll pick up eventually. We hope. We're still in jobs at least. Until the next round of redundancies. Lovely.
I graduated from Imperial College back in June 1997, where I qualified with a 2:1 in Chemical Engineering. You are probably wondering now how someone with an engineering degree can end up in computing now. Well I applied to what was then Twinsoft in November of that year and didn't hear anything, so I thought no more about it. Next month I get a call to say come in for an interview. They need someone quick and have little time to find a replacement. So I made it through that! Engineering was fine really, give a good logical and mathematical grounding to what is needed at work. Then again, the company later recruited people who had studied History, English, Biology and someone who used to be a Maths teacher! So it takes all sorts to make it in this big world of IT now.
Perhaps over time my HTML skills will get better huh?! The site may look a little basic compared to some others but I don't have design packages to use and I'm coding in raw language here! Ancient? Maybe, but it's fun. I want to concentrate on content more than looks. Having said that, whilst frames are on the site to make navigation easier, I will eventually switch it over to CCS and DIVs. Anyhow feel free to roam the C64 land and have a look around. Hopefully there will be regular updates in the future with more things added to the C64 side!
So I guess by now you will want pictures of me huh?! Or maybe not. Still, the latest one that can be coughed up is with my on/off other-half Kristine when we were at one of her cousin's wedding in May 2003. There is also this "infamous" one now taken for part of the Zzap!64 issue #107 project, so here's me giving the thumbs up to whatever game deserves it. A little further back, this one was taken at DecipherCon 2000 where a load of people get together to play Star Wars CCG. I'm in the white top being viewed upon by a pensive Markus Wuest, a top German player. Ah old times those. My brother Tom is a barmy git who's graduated from Brunel university, doing Product Design and used to be farting about doing web-design for Trinity Mirror. Now working his arse off someplace else for better money! Like most siblings, he can be a pain in the arse, not helped by him being a raving psycho :) but seriously he's a fun character who has a way with the women! Head over to his own webspace called Dragon Tattoo and check it out.
So that still leaves the question of how I got to be a small part of the great C64 existence. For that I actually have my parents to thank now. Due to the console crash of late 83, they decided to sell off the Atari 2600 that we had and bought a second-hand C64 from one of dad's work colleagues. Along with a few games of course. So that's how it started way back in March 84. The first ever game I played on the "new" computer was Ghostbusters, with others such as Cuthbert in the Jungle, Classic Adventure, The Hobbit, Manic Miner and Matrix soon to follow. Suddenly a whole new world of graphics and sound lay before me. Sadly that first C64 computer expired several years ago (not before having several homemade repairs done on it), but has been replaced by many others in the collection. Due to being a poor kid, I didn't actually acquire a disc drive until 1991, near the end of the C64's life. However I've been making up for it since by filling in a lot of the back catalogue courtesy of second-hand shops, sales lists and that ubiquitous favourite eBay. All I have to do now is figure out where it all will be stored!
Well that's all from me for now, thanks for touring Monsterland. Come back soon because they'll be more to see later!
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Created October 17, 1996
Last modified June 28, 2009