Props to the Hackers and the Crackers

Zearle raps some words of respect to the Hackers and the Crackers. (Naw not whitey . )

hacker /n./ 1. A person who enjoys exploring the details of programmable systems and how to stretch their capabilities, as opposed to most users, who prefer to learn only the minimum necessary.

cracker /n./ One who breaks security on a system. Coined ca. 1985 by hackers in defense against journalistic misuse of hacker

[Definitions from The New Hacker’s Dictionary.]
MP3 Zearle – Hackers and Crackers 5m 3s 7mb 192kbps

One thought on “Props to the Hackers and the Crackers”

  1. From a linguistic standpoint, I don’t think cracker is ever going to make it’s way into the vernacular the way “hacker” has. Especially given it’s primary status as a derogatory word meaning a white person.

    The more interesting aspect to me is that one word can have such positive and negative connotations depending on how it’s used, and by whom. Perhaps you can think of another such word, begins with N?

    If you’re hacking, it’s positive.

    If you’re hacking on something, it’s positive.

    If you’re hacking into something, it’s negative.

    If you’re a computer hacker, it’s negative.

    If you’re a hacker, it depends on who’s saying it. Network news, negative, on a technical blog, positive.

    The funny thing is that everyone knows this so intuitively that it’s funny to people when people complain about a negative usage of “hacker”.

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