«If one man asks another what a Hacker is
other man answers him,
Neither of them knows it.»
«If you understand them,
Things are as they
If you do not understand them,
Things are as they
- How To
Become A Hacker, Eric S. Raymond.
Do you have what it
takes to become a hacker?
Taking a Byte Out of Computer Crime, Wade Roush.
Hacker v.s. Cracker, two common terms greatly mis-used by the
mainstream media. This article appeared in the April 1995 issue of
[Note:This article is no longer
available online at techreview.com]
- The Jargon
File, Eric S. Raymond, ed.
compendium of hacker slang illuminating many aspects of hackish
tradition, folklore, and humor; the appendix includes a profile of a
10 Commandments for C Programmers, Henry
«The Lord said to Moses, "Come up to me on the mountain
and stay here, and I will give you the tablets of stone, with the law
and commands I have written for their instruction."» --Exodus 24:12
Hacker FAQ (So You Have Yourself a Hacker),Peter
Answers questions that are invariably asked when people
without previous experience with the hacker community, hire a hacker.
- Gnu's not Unix,
not join and contribute to the GNU Project?
Loginataka, Eric S. Raymond.
Dialogue between a guru
and a newbie.
and Pleasure: Considering Hacking Constructive, Gisle
Hackers are a specific subgroup of computer workers;
hacking may, under certain circumstances, yield superior software.
vs. K&R, Alan Morgan
The most creative follow-up
to the infamous "Jesus is Coming" spam, c. 1994.
Programmers Don't Use Pascal, Ed Post.
differences between the typical high-school junior Pac-Man player and a
Compiled", Rick Cook.
A compilation of epigrams from
the novel, Wizardry Compiled.
Spotter's Guide to Academic Programmers, Pete Fenelon.
This handy guide helps identify 20 types of programmers.
Guru's View of Sex, Anonymous.
«UNIX is like Sex:
If you don't know it, you don't miss it. But if you know it, you'll need
- The King's
Two very different approaches to
designing a toaster.
in Heaven, Anonymous.
Jesus and Satan have an
argument as to who is the better programmer.
- 3 Wise
Men, Dennis Ritchie.
The differences between
Kernighan, Ritchie and Thompson are real but very subtle.
program hack, Jeremy Todd Dilatush.
program that will print "Hello world!" when compiled with gcc, or run through the Perl, Tcl, and/or sh interpreters.
Recovery Legend, Mario Wolczko.
What do you do when
root accidently types "rm
a) Panic and re-boot the workstation;
b) Do (a),
then cry like a little girl when that doesn't work;
c) Read this
AI Memo 239: the legendary collection of neat mathematical and
programming hacks contributed by many people at MIT and elsewhere.
("HAKMEM", is a 6-letterism for `hacks memo'.)
Report on The Internet Worm, Bob Page.
on the program that, in 1988, wreaked havoc on the Internet.
- The International Obfuscated C Code
Providing a safe forum for poor C code. :-)
than one way to do it. Easy things should be easy and hard things should
- « Richard M. Stallman, Linus Thorvalds [sic], and
Donald E. Knuth engage in a discussion on whose impact on the
computerized world was the greatest.
Stallman: "God told me I have programmed the best editor in
Thorvalds: "Well, God told *me* that I have
programmed the best operating system in the world!"
"Wait, wait - I never said that."
- Erik Meltzer, rec.humor.funny
One of the "Berkeley Daemons".
a.k.a. Cap'n Crunch.
- Edsger W.
Dijkstra, 1930 - 2002
«May, in spite of
all distractions generated by technology, all of you succeed in turning
information into knowledge, knowledge into understanding, and
understanding into wisdom.»
- GNU Friends,
community site for friends of the GNU project. Good interviews.
- Brian W.
The "K" in K&R.
- Donald E.
«The Thomas Edison of the computer age».
- Marshall Kirk McKusick
A "Berkeley Daemon".
X marks the spot.
«I saw a flying saucer».
- Dennis M.
The "R" in K&R.
iGNUcius (c.f. Free as in
Lazy, impatient and full of hubris.
- The Woz ,
the Apple ][.
- Index Librorum
Liberorum, John Walker.
A formidable site with a
multitude of very cool & interesting hacking topics (including
The Hacker's Diet). Plan to make several trips.
Obscura, Paul Haeberli.
On the aesthetic aspects of
FAQ, Wilson Afonso, maintainer.
In this list of
Frequently Asked Questions, learn the truth about NASA's Mariner
I space-probe failure and learn why the letter "i" is frequently
chosen as a loop counter.
- Designing an
Authentication System: a Dialogue in Four Scenes, Bill
This dialogue provides a fictitious account of the design
of an open-network authentication system called "Charon."