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After leaving Cambridge, he was poor for three years. During that time he had a number of different jobs, one of which was a road sweeper; at night on his own time, he worked on his computer.
Richard then became a programmer at Gordon Way's WayForward Technologies. Gordon assigned him to write an accounting program for the Apple Macintosh. This became Anthem, which on top of its accouning functions could turn the spreadsheet numbers into music pieces.
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective AgencyEdit
Richard MacDuff is a young man, and is tall, thin and angular. Dirk Gently describes him as "Tall and absurdly thin. And good-natured.".