Know About Hackers

The word hacker is the most contested of the bunch. Most of the other terms
came later, and are attempts to be more explicit about what type of person is
being discussed.
Where does the word hacker come from? Earlier times the word hacker
is defined as Heroes of the Computer Revolution by Steven Levy.
MIT is generally acknowledged as the origin of the
modern use of the word hacker.There are a few folks who claim that the word
hacker was also used earlier among folks who experimented with old tube radio
sets and amplifiers.The original definition of the word hacker had to do with
someone who hacked at wood, especially in reference to making furniture.
Naturally, we’re concerned with the term hacker as it relates
to computers.This version of the word has come into such wide popular use that
it has almost entirely eliminated the use of the word hacker for all other purposes.
One of the most popular definitions that hackers themselves prefer to use is
from The Jargon File, a hacker-maintained dictionary of hacker terms.
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. 2. One who
programs enthusiastically (even obsessively) or who enjoys programming
rather than just theorizing about programming. 3. A
person capable of appreciating hack value. 4. A person who is
good at programming quickly. 5. An expert at a particular program,
or one who frequently does work using it or on it; as in `a Unix
The Zen of Hack Proofing.
6. An expert or enthusiast of any kind. One
might be an astronomy hacker, for example. 7. One who enjoys the
intellectual challenge of creatively overcoming or circumventing limitations.
8. [deprecated] A malicious meddler who tries to discover
sensitive information by poking around. Hence `password hacker,’
`network hacker.’ The correct term for this sense is cracker.