What is a “hacker?”


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Though some in the field used the term hacker as a form of derision, implying that hackers were either nerdy social outcasts or ‘unprofessional’ programmers who wrote dirty, ‘nonstandard’ computer code, I found them quite different. Beneath their often unimposing exteriors, they were adventurers, visionaries, risk-takers, artists… and the ones who most clearly saw why the computer was a truly revolutionary tool.

Steven Levy, preface to his 1984 book Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution

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