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The C Shore

About The C Shore

[Headshot of Daniel F. Dickinson in an home office]
If you are technical you might wonder where the C code is, given the name of this site. Non-techies may just be wondering why the name of the site. I (Daniel Dickinson) chose the name because C is the first ‘real’ programming language I learned well (I don’t count assembler, which is too low level to be truly a language, nor BASIC which was more of a training language even if you could – if you really wanted to – do real things with it), and the code is scattered among various open source and proprietary projects. A number of open source projects to which I contribute can be seen at cshoredaniel on GitHub, including the theme I’ve created for this site using Hugo. You can see the theme at the dummy site for hugo-oldnew-mashup. I’m also working on a number of Documents as well an Introduction to Arduino & Pi Workshop, which will eventually be added to this site (once more complete and polished). For some history of public projects I’ve worked you can look at the cshore-history ‘organization’ on GitHub.

I’ve had quite an interesting (read challenging) life and managed to do some pretty good work despite all of that. I plan to find a way to incorporate my struggles with mental illness into this site, although I am mostly focused on things like firmware development, web development, work history, and the various professional and hobby things that are what (far too many) folks see as the only things that make a person’s life valuable, or that make lives matter. This isn’t a standard portfolio site, but will show my work, and contrast that with how thinking goes awry when a major mental illness develops, and one has not yet found the right medical treatment combined with therapy to overcome the difficulties due to a neurobiological disorder.

I am an early digital native (since the 80’s, while I was in public school). I had the opportunity to work with Commodore 64’s at the public school which I attended which was hugely exciting, and even in Grade 6 and 7 I was working on an exotic assembly language program. It’s one of the reason’s I am happy the Midland Public Library is (hopefully) going to have a Makerspace. I’m hopeful it will be a gathering place for young and old to learn to love (or have always loved) technology and the great things one can do with it.

Currently I’m learning new skills in web development and am working on some interesting firmware and admin projects on my hobby / personal sysadmin roster as part of getting back on track after illness. I seem to be making a good recovery, and I’m hoping that in the medium term I can return to work, only this time with an organization that I feel is committed to making the world a better place, and not just extracting ‘value’ from customers, or getting acquired by such a company.