An iPod is an iPod is an iPod — until you hack it

By | February 24, 2006

Americans have built our lives on a foundation of silicon and software, with computers in millions of homes and digital music players in millions of shirt pockets. They´re our gadgets. Why shouldn´t we hack them? Before the word hacker was applied to sleazy computer vandals, it had a far more honorable meaning among engineers and computer jockeys.

A hacker was someone who´d mastered the powers and abilities of a technology, and used that knowledge to make it do amazing things.

Few of us can become master hackers, but anyone can acquire some measure of hacking skill.

Rael Dornfest, chief technology officer of computer book publisher O´Reilly Media Inc., said that it´s mainly a question of attitude. ´´The difference between a hacker and a civilian is a civilian sits in front of his TiVo” digital video recorder and says, ´Gee, I wish I could do that,´ ” Dornfest said. ´´A hacker says, ´Hey, I´ve got an hour and some spare time. What the hell.´ “Read Full Story

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