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CSD Projects is a catchy name I came up with to make my various web projects look more professional.
It is a not a business, just a personal branding, and no profit has been made from any of my work.
It all started in my early teens, possibly even slightly before, when I was hoping to become a programmer.
Like most kids I wasn't happy just using my own name for things, I knew I needed something catchy, so I came up with the name Crazy Software Developments to plaster all over my cheesy STOS and AMOS atrocities.
Once I realised my programming skills left a lot to be desired, I switched to writing websites instead. However I realised the name didn't really work for a domain, so I abbreviated it to CSD Projects, which also sounds much more professional.
My first public projects were websites about young actresses, Thora Birch, Mara Wilson, amongst others. It seemed hardly anyone was looking at young talent (I realise now perhaps it wasn't politically correct to do so) and I did not want to create a website about something that someone else already had.
For a time it was very rewarding, especially watching these kids grow up and many of them become talented adult actresses.
Over the years however I found myself mostly focusing on Mae Whitman, as she showed so much potential and had many high profile movie and TV roles. I couldn't believe how little attention she seemed to have on the web considering she had worked alongside such famous actors, in several big films.
However while deciding on which sites to focus on I got an unexpected e-mail from Debbie Hirsh, asking if I would create a webste about her daughter who had recently had her first high profile acting role alongside Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in You've Got Mail.
I jumped at the chance, this would finally be an officially supported website with some credibility and exclusivity around it, rather than having to rely on IMDB for information and DVDs for images.
At this point, I realised that having two high profile websites alonside my older multi-actress site, was just too much work. I hadn't updated those sites in years so it didn't really make sense to keep them as websites.
I also wanted to upload images from more different movies and TV shows for other actresses. Basically, to help other people creating fan sites who did not have the equipment to capture images for their sites themselves. However it was early days for photo hosting sites, plus they did not accept fair-usage for vidcaps, you had to host them yourself to avoid them being deleted.
Today (2012) things are quiet at CSD Projects. I am a full time carer for my mum and also have my own health issues which have let me without the energy and patience to update my sites.
I do hope to bring them somewhat up to date at some point, but there is no way I can compete with the highly templated sites of today with galleries full of candid photos licences from who knows where.
You can find me all over the web under the guise of Alex Atkin or Alex Atkin UK. I am highly opinionated, stubborn, and really wished I had realised everything gets archived on the web - when I was a teen.
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