Dick dropped out of a B.Sc. program in London to pursue a career in computing when he was 18. As a programmer, he contributed to software development at Whitbreads and British Rail. He volunteered in Nigeria with Voluntary Service Overseas and worked as a science teacher at Yaba Tech in Lagos. He worked at Teacher's College, Columbia in New York City for the International Education Authority (IEA/UNESCO) before becoming a full-time poet for several years in the UK, publishing a book titled Wolfprints.
After marrying and moving permanently to the U.S., Dick edited Auerbach's monthly Standard EDP subscription service, concentrating on mainframes and supercomputers. He was subsequently an early employee at several startups, including Cray Research, Tera Computing, and Cray Inc. At Tera Computing and then Cray Inc., he was responsible for developing the Asia Pacific market for supercomputers. Dick now works in Business Development at the Northwest Institute for Advanced Computing which is a joint Institute of the University of Washington (UW) and Battelle Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He is also completing a degree in Classical Studies at UW.