Confessions associated with a Old Hacker.

Made you blink, didn’t I?

Yes, it’s true. I have already been trained as a specialist (although now “former”) hacker. I used to spend my days with huge computer systems, using ninja-like tools to solve probably the most complex of problems.

So what’s a hacker, really? Well, the simple truth is the true definition of a hacker is person who takes delight in solving problems and overcoming limits.


In the event that you thought hackers were the criminals, think again. Hackers actually have a rule a couple of rules they live by to accomplish their work. It’s the “crackers” (like safe-cracker) that you’ve to watch out for.
If you should be a creative, smart and big picture thinker, you’re probably a hacker too. Welcome to the club – I’d like to fairly share the Hacker code with you. It’s simple, and it only has 5 rules:

Hackers solve problems and build things, and they believe in freedom and voluntary mutual help. (Sound familiar?) To be accepted as a hacker, you’ve to behave like you’ve this type of attitude yourself. And to behave like you’ve the attitude, you’ve to really believe the attitude.

Still wish to join the club? Okay, listed here are the rules:
1. The entire world is high in fascinating problems waiting to be solved.

Being a hacker is plenty of fun, but it’s a kind of fun that takes plenty of effort. Your time and effort takes motivation. Successful athletes get their motivation from a kind of physical delight for making their bodies perform, in pushing themselves past their particular physical limits. Similarly, to be always a hacker you’ve to obtain a basic thrill from solving problems, sharpening your skills, and exercising your intelligence.

(You also need to develop a kind of faith in your learning capacity – a belief that even though may very well not know all of things you need to solve a problem, if you tackle just an item of it and study on that, you’ll learn enough to solve the following piece – and so on, until you’re done.)

2. Not a problem should ever have to be solved twice.

Creative brains are an invaluable, limited resource. They shouldn’t be wasted on re-inventing the wheel when you can find so many fascinating new problems waiting out there.

To behave just like a hacker, you’ve to believe that the thinking time of other hackers is precious – so much so that it’s almost a moral duty for you yourself to share information, solve problems and then give the solutions away just so other hackers can solve new problems instead of experiencing to perpetually re-address old ones.

(You don’t have to believe that you’re obligated to offer all your creative product away, although hackers that do are those who get most respect from other hackers hire a hacker review. It’s in line with hacker values to offer enough of it to keep you in food and rent and computers. It’s fine to make use of your hacking skills to support a family or even get rich, as long as you don’t forget your loyalty to your art and your fellow hackers while doing it.)

3. Boredom and drudgery are evil.

Hackers (and creative people in general) should not be bored or need to drudge at stupid repetitive work, because at these times it indicates they aren’t doing what only they can do – solve new problems. This wastefulness hurts everybody. Therefore boredom and drudgery are not just unpleasant but actually evil.

To behave just like a hacker, you’ve to believe this enough to wish to automate away the boring bits as much as possible, not just yourself but for everyone else (especially other hackers).

(There is one apparent exception to this. Hackers will sometimes do issues that might appear repetitive or boring to an observer as a mind-clearing exercise, or in order to acquire a skill or have some particular type of experience you can’t have otherwise. But this really is by choice – nobody who can think should ever be forced into a situation that bores them.)

4. Freedom is good.

Hackers are naturally anti-authoritarian. Anyone who can give you orders can stop you from solving whatever problem you’re being fascinated with – and, given the way authoritarian minds work, will generally find some appallingly stupid reason to accomplish so. Therefore the authoritarian attitude has to be fought wherever you discover it, lest it smother you and other hackers.

5. Attitude isn’t any replacement competence.

To be always a hacker, you’ve to produce some of those attitudes. But copping an attitude alone won’t allow you to a hacker, any longer than it will make you a champion athlete or perhaps a rock star. Learning to be a hacker will require intelligence, practice, dedication, and hard work.

Therefore, you’ve to learn to distrust attitude and respect competence of every kind. Hackers won’t let posers waste their time, nevertheless they worship competence – especially competence at hacking, but competence at anything is good. Competence at demanding skills that few can master is especially good, and competence at demanding skills that involve mental acuteness, craft, and concentration is best.

In the event that you revere competence, you’ll enjoy developing it in yourself – the effort and dedication can become a kind of intense play rather than drudgery. That attitude is vital to being a hacker.

If this is practical for you, you simply might be described as a hacker too! Live it, like it and allow it grow.

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