Reclaiming Hacks by Hadley Stern — The O’Reilly Hacks series has stirred a controversy that usually extends no further than the front cover of a book. The hacking spirit, not the promotion of illegal activities, is being reclaimed through each one of these books. The curious nature of the hacker ethic, whether prompted by a sheer spark of genius or the urge of an annoyance, celebrates rolling up the sleeves and taking action. Hadley Stern, author of iPod and iTunes Hacks, takes a stab at clarification and discusses the issues he faced while writing his book.
I am a hacker. (Jargon File, catb.org) I’m a hacker in the classic sense; I’m a hacker in the jargon file sense. I’ve been called a hacker by others, it’s a name I take with pride.
Geek, Hacker, Troll… call me what you like.