Hi, I'm Michael William Malloy but most people call me Mick and I was born
on 15th May 1961 in Griffith, NSW, Australia. Griffith is a large
town in the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area, south-west of Sydney and has since
become a city.
My mother, Evereldha June, and father, Michael Jude, separated when I was
young leaving mum to raise myself and two elder sisters,
Check out Cheryl's blogspot, http://cherylandron.blogspot.com.au/ though it looks like Cheryl hasn't updated it for some time, for her adventures in Vanuatu, the United Arab
Emirates, China, and now back to UAE. Meanwhile Helen has some interesting
stuff both of Australian interest and our family genealogy at http://helenlcastle.homeserver.com/helensweb/.
This page used to have what was basically a précis of my resume but I feel
like doing it differently this time so...
A defining characteristic of who I am is that I have been awarded the Most
Valuable Professional award by Microsoft all years 2004 till 2013.
Officially, that's 10 years of Windows Server Systems - Small Business Server but in
searches I'll show up as "SuperGumby [SBS MVP]". During most of that time
there were ~45 SBS MVP's worldwide and only 5 of those in AU, out of a total
of ~4500 MVP's including all disciplines.
I have, for some years, focussed on SMB space and the use of SBS as the
basis for networks. This has resulted in me supplying support services to a
number of companies ranging from few(3) users to the high 20's. SBS can
cater for 75 users (or devices) but I heard from a reliable source some time
ago that really MS expectation is 50 for SBS03/08/11.
January 1998 a friend of mine, Craig, asked me if I was busy over the next
several days and as I am pretty well always looking for more work to do, I
put m' hand up. We worked with
Visual Event Management
to set up for the Sydney premiere of Spice World: The Movie at the State
Theatre and brought The Spice Girls in on a double-decker bus with me
standing at the front hanging onto a couple of speakers that, though they
were securely tied, we didn't want falling on spice. The Girls were 'coolly
friendly' and liked the crowd we had gathered, a few thousand screaming
tweenies were packed into Market and Pitt streets near the theatre and I
think everyone had a great time. I worked with VEM, mainly for movie
premieres but also for some corporate functions, through till 2008 when we
partially closed off George St for the premiere of Baz Luhrmann's Australia.
Other premieres I was involved in include the Mission Impossible and Fast
Furious series, several of Nicole Kidman's (Others, Interpreter, Moulin
Rouge), Robin Williams Centennial Man, Iron Man, and well, the list goes
The highlight of this work was undoubtedly the after-party for Centennial
Man, where another crew member, Gus, did a much better job of DJ than I (my
tastes are more 'easy listening' than 'dance') before/after Robin Williams
got up on stage for some impromptu stand up. Robin was definitely one of my
favourite comedians. Worthy mention must be given to the Ted Mulry Benefit
though, with Craig running the sound desk for some of the greats of
Australian rock while I brushed shoulders with them pretending to be
I also worked with Craig and various companies on Stadium Australia
(installing additional sound equipment) and Holland Heineken House (audio
and some computer stuff) for the Sydney Olympics, in 2000. We provided 'in
game entertainment' for Sydney Swans football matches for a while, and some
If I move back into ancient history I must also account for being an
Electronics Technician and training with Telstra (Telecom at the time) for
communications before I get to Australian Associated Press where I changed
to Computer Operations.
I was working for AAP when something 'new' hit the market, the IBM PC (and
it's various clones, eventually). I had already entered into PC space as an
'enthusiast' after a friend Richard had shown me the computer he built,
which could have been an Altair kit, several years earlier. Another Craig
had also built a computer (which we called the disco machine, because of all
the flashing lights) based on the 4040 (or was it 8008?) and about the same
time some kid called Bill Gates was developing DOS we were developing
something that resembled an OS. I guess you know who was the more successful
player in that game.
A colleague at AAP brought into the country what he swore (and could have
been) was the 1st container load of 'XT clones'. I blew a couple
of month's salary getting one which I'm pretty sure had both the 8086 and
8087 (math coprocessor) and ran at a STAGGERING 7MHz (with a mechanical
switch to put it back to 4.77 MHz, for compatibility purposes). The 10MB HDD
was WAY MORE SPACE THAN I NEEDED as I played with things like Lotus 123 and
BASIC. This was an important 'way-station' on my journey through life as I
started then to become 'the PC guy' and my knowledge of PCs was started to
be valued by others.
AAP were also associated to MS in some way, some form of 'partner
relationship', so when MS came out with something called 'Windows' I got to
look at it during development.
About the same time I spent another few month's salary on a device that
basically changed my life, Netcomm 1234SA modem. Capable of a bit tearing
2400Bd this device allowed me to connect to Bulletin Board Services and this
allowed me access to FIDO.net (email). I started to correspond with like
minded individuals all over the planet. BBS's and FIDO developed for a while
and then got replaced by something called 'the internet', and the rest is
now history. I consider the internet to be the main influence on society in
My knowledge of communications and PCs allowed me to be considered for, and
gain, a role in Computer Operations for AAP. We were designated 'System
Controllers' for their Editorial System which was based on Tandem TNS II
hardware (so nice, so nice, we do it twice) and I quickly became one of the
'Senior Controllers'. My time at AAP eventually finished but I have them to
thank for putting me on the path I now tread.
Other positions as Customer Service Representative (Banksia Technology and
OzEmail) where I handled a large number of customer enquiries, various
efforts to run my own business (Computer Consultancy), and many years
answering questions in 'public discussion areas' have allowed me to develop
some ability to 'make contact' with people and sort out this question of
'what you are asking for' and 'what you want/need'. This is what I most
enjoy doing, whether it be in the world of computers, the entertainment
industry, or just plain getting by today.