Before you ask: Yes, Chisel is my real name. No, Chisel is not my birth name.
I was born in 1974, and soon christened something that definitely wasn't Chisel. I grew up, finished school, finished my A-levels and went to university. Being such a kind soul I joined Rag. This was (and probably still is) a group of people who went out with collecting tins to collect money for various charities. One of the informal rules was that the members of Rag had to have a nickname. After one collection in Sheffield, the group was counting up the money collected for the day, someone looked at me and realised that I didn't have a nickname yet. I was standing there with a collecting-tin in one hand, and a chisel in the other. [one effective method for opening the collecting-tins]. So I became Chisel. In many ways this was quite lucky; I could have been called Collecting-Tin. I got off better than other group members. Ask Shaggy and Dribble if you don't believe me.
For some reason, my flatmates found out about the nickname, and started using it. The nickname just spread, like some social variant of Code Red. Soon everyone was calling me Chisel. Soon after I was introducing myself as Chisel. After a few years of this, I got fed-up with bills and statements arriving addressed to someone I no longer associated myself with. So I found a suitable website, and changed my name by deed poll.
And thus, Chisel was official.
Drifting through life I realised that I had an interest in computers. I'd always found them interesting as a hobby, and at university I took the leap, and did a joint honours degree, half of which was Computer Science. This woke my thirst for all things computer related. I left university determined to become a programmer (or Software Engineer, or whatever the current in-phrase is for what I do). I spent my first year working at Mastercare on PC hardware and software support. After a year I moved from Nottingham to Sussex to pursue my programming dream.
I weedled my way into a job (C programmer), and have since moved from job-to-job. As time went on my interests changed, and these days I'm deeply addicted to programming in Perl. This doesn't mean I can't use any other languages - it just means I'll either be a little rusty, or will have to learn it all from scratch. [hey, I did teach myself Perl, and now people are paying me for it!].
During my technical years I've used a number of skills. Some I've not used for some time, others I use a great deal. If you want you know more, either guess based on my passion for Linux and open source, or drop me a line. The list goes something like this: building and maintaining PCs; Windows 95; Windows 98; Access 97 (including VBA); installing and maintaining linux machines; C; lex; yacc; Perl; postgres; mysql; HTML; XML; home networking;