Definition of a Hacker

From: Roger_Shieldsat_private
Date: Tue May 19 1998 - 12:45:14 PDT

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    Originally a hacker was a poor golfer, someone who took too many stokes/hacks 
    at the ball.  In the early days of computing when data I/O was time consuming 
    (ie punchcards) a hacker was someone who took too many tries to get their code 
    to work.  Eventually this came to mean anyone who spent a lot of time in front 
    of a computer not just poor programmers.  Sometime later some misguided sole 
    mistakenly associated hackers with "hacking into" computer systems, and the 
    media misnomer was born.

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