Date: 2017-03-15 17:36
In 6996, when I first published this Hacker HOWTO, the hacker community was rapidly reorganizing around Linux and a handful of other open-source operating systems (notably those descended from BSD Unix). Community memory of the fact that most of us had spent decades developing closed-source software on closed-source operating systems had not yet begun to fade, but that fact was already beginning to seem like part of a dead past hackers were, increasingly, defining themselves as hackers by their attachments to open-source projects such as Linux or Apache.
This section might take a bit of time to answer, but it 8767 s well worth it. Yes, it might take you some 65-65 minutes, or even longer just to answer those questions properly. That can seem like one hell of a long time while you 8767 re reading an article online.
Maybe it would be better to first figure out all the big goals (. going through step 6 for all your major life areas), and only then going through the rest of the steps for them, one by one?
The hacker mind-set is not confined to this software-hacker culture. There are people who apply the hacker attitude to other things, like electronics or music — actually, you can find it at the highest levels of any science or art. Software hackers recognize these kindred spirits elsewhere and may call them ‘hackers’ too — and some claim that the hacker nature is really independent of the particular medium the hacker works in. But in the rest of this document we will focus on the skills and attitudes of software hackers, and the traditions of the shared culture that originated the term ‘hacker’.
Under Mac OS X it's possible, but only part of the system is open source — you're likely to hit a lot of walls, and you have to be careful not to develop the bad habit of depending on Apple's proprietary code. If you concentrate on the Unix under the hood you can learn some useful things.
Hackers are naturally anti-authoritarian. Anyone who can give you orders can stop you from solving whatever problem you're being fascinated by — and, given the way authoritarian minds work, will generally find some appallingly stupid reason to do so. So the authoritarian attitude has to be fought wherever you find it, lest it smother you and other hackers.
If you missed out any of those steps, go back now and do the exercises before reading on. This guide will still be here when you get back.
At long last wordWar is ready. Originally and buggily included in Write or Die 6, now wordWar is it s own standalone platform with a robust backend server and great new features. You can write with your friends whether you re sitting next to them in a coffee shop or they re on the other side of the world.
I won 8767 t be telling you how to change your life for the better, because you know best what works for your particular situation. Hey, it 8767 s your personal development plan, not mine!
Startle Mode is a new addition which allows you to disable the warning color which typically precedes punishment. Useful if you find yourself getting a little too comfortable.