Back in the days before the term “hacker” took on the dark, illicit meaning that it has today, being called a hacker was actually a compliment.
In the golden age of computing, being a hacker simply meant that you enjoyed modifying and enhancing computer hardware and software in order to make it do new, interesting and exciting things.
Then along came the Internet and in no time flat the word hacker had become synonymous with the words crook, thief and criminal. And it’s truly a shame.
There are still some “places” on the web that honor and promote the original (and good) meaning of the word hacker, and one of my favorites is a site called HackerThings.com.
HackerThings sells all kinds of interesting electronic devices that are designed to be hacked (modified in whatever way the hacker sees fit) as well as books and a number of items that are just unique and unusual.
Whether you’re a “geek” or not, you’re sure to find something on there that piques your interest or curiosity. Click here to check it outLike this post? If so, you can get even more tips in my RicksDailyTips Email Newsletter. Sign up for free at the bottom of this page!