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ziloo
May 18th, 2009, 05:53 AM
Another piece of history:

http://groups.google.com/group/comp.os.cpm/browse_thread/thread/28f4b5c4e1d82e80?hl=en#

Does anybody have another theory about the origin of the word?

ziloo

barythrin
May 18th, 2009, 06:42 AM
..really? RFC on origin of the word? Without going into a rant the accepted definition I like is a person who modifies a device to perform an action it was not intended to originally perform. This covers hackers as in inventors/hardware modifying and hacking as in getting a device (phone, computer, etc) to do your wish instead of what it was supposed to do.

That's allowing the longer term definition vs today's media interpretation of an unkempt lad in the dark basement of their parents house, surrounded by empty soda cans and a few pizza boxes, prodding at a server to see if they can get it to break and gain access to some data of interest or to put something there for bragging rights to their friends.

http://images.boardgamegeek.com/images/pic75920_md.jpg

ziloo
May 18th, 2009, 07:18 AM
I like the photo barythrin!!! Do you have a larger format that
I can use for a presentation?

Thank you

ziloo

barythrin
May 18th, 2009, 07:37 AM
I just googled around for it. You could ask Steve Jackson though, his website for some reason only had a smaller green tint version. It's his game and work and he's still around (seen him from time to time at a few geekier events).

kb2syd
May 18th, 2009, 08:18 AM
This is strange. I've never heard of Steven Jackson, and haven't played D&D or any role playing game since 1984 or so.

Yesterday, I went to the bookstore (after seeing Star Trek) and noticed a bunch of Munchkin games. The titles and captions struck me as quite unique...

I then check the Wiki today about Steve Jackson, and what a coincidence. He's the author of those Muchkin games.

My world is a closed loop.

ahm
May 18th, 2009, 08:33 AM
Does anybody have another theory about the origin of the word?

Everything you need to know:
http://catb.org/jargon/html/index.html

hexsane
May 18th, 2009, 10:12 AM
Munchkin Rules. :) Beware though it is addictive and there are a lot of expansions for it. Its best when you have a bunch of people and a card stack about 6 inches or more high (several expansions).

(Oops... My geek is showing)

-Matt

ziloo
May 18th, 2009, 10:36 PM
Everything you need to know:


Thank you ahm...now that is a reference!

ziloo

Ole Juul
May 19th, 2009, 12:44 AM
When it comes to computers I certainly consider myself a hacker, particularly because I'm not a CS professional. Instead of taking a formal approach, I just hack away at things.

Personally, a good contemporary meaning for the word is someone who is an entheusiast and likes to play around with stuff. This can include any level of achievement, and any field of endeavour.

For a broader perspective, please consider the following from OED:
hack, v.t. & i. Make common, hackney.

tezza
May 20th, 2009, 03:51 AM
Personally, a good contemporary meaning for the word is someone who is an entheusiast and likes to play around with stuff.

Yes. Ironically when I first got into computers in 1981 (not knowing anything about hacker culture, Captain Crunch or any of that) the word "hacker" was used in just that context i.e. someone who was an enthusiast and would "hack" (modify) their own computer.

I first came across the term in Micro-80 (http://www.classic-computers.org.nz/system-80/literature_magazines_micro-80_archive.htm) (note: not 80-Micro), a support magazine for my System 80.

Tez