The Seven Types of Hackers

Roger Grimes posted on Infoworld a taxonomy of Hackers: “Your guide to the seven types of malicious hackers. – Knowing the difference between a spammer, a corporate spy, and a cyber warrior can better help you defend your systems”. The seven types he discerns are: Cyber criminals Spammers and adware spreaders Advanced persistent threat (APT) […]

Hacker’s Code

Hackers! A name that has a negative connotation in it. But: what, in fact, is a hacker? As I wrote earlier, Hacking means to me: to unlock currently hidden functionality. There are some other definitions, and this one comes quite close to my definition: One who enjoys the intellectual challenge of creatively overcoming or circumventing […]

  • The Aesthetics and Beauty of Knowledge

    Shih was the opposite of facts and raw information; shih was the elegance of knowledge, the insight and skill to organize knowledge into meaningful patterns. As an artist chooses colours or light to make her pictures, a master of shih chooses textures of knowledge – various ideas, myths, abstractions, and theories – to create a way of seeing the world. The aesthetics and beauty of knowledge – this was shih.

    – David Zindell, The Broken God, 1993

  • Geek Attitude

    The attitude thing is about flexibility, portability, creativity, sociability and jamming (ran out of suitable “ity” words!). It’s about improvising – in the practical and musical senses of the word; not getting tangled in boundaries and the “right” way to do things.
    Definitely the only way to travel.
    Martin Delaney – “Laptop Music”.