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The New Hacker's Dictionary [Paperback]

Eric S. Raymond
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29 Nov 1996 0262680920 978-0262680929 3rd Revised edition
This new edition of the hacker's own phenomenally successful lexicon includes more than 100 new entries and updates or revises 200 more. Historically and etymologically richer than its predecessor, it supplies additional background on existing entries and clarifies the murky origins of several important jargon terms (overturning a few long-standing folk etymologies) while still retaining its high giggle value...SAMPLE DEFINITION: :hacker: n. [originally, someone who makes furniture with an axe] 1. A person who enjoys exploring the details of programmable systems and how to stretch their capabilities, as opposed to most users, who prefer to learn only the minimum necessary. 2. One who programs enthusiastically (even obsessively) or who enjoys programming rather than just theorizing about programming. 3. A person capable of appreciating {hack value}. 4. A person who is good at programming quickly. 5. An expert at a particular program, or one who frequently does work using it or on it; as in 'a UNIX hacker'. (Definitions 1 through 5 are correlated, and people who fit them congregate.) 6. An expert or enthusiast of any kind. One might be an astronomy hacker, for example. 7. One who enjoys the intellectual challenge of creatively overcoming or circumventing limitations. 8. [deprecated] A malicious meddler who tries to discover sensitive information by poking around. Hence 'password hacker', 'network hacker'. The correct term is {cracker}. The term 'hacker' also tends to connote membership in the global community defined by the net (see {network, the} and {Internet address}). It also implies that the person described is seen to subscribe to some version of the hacker ethic (see {hacker ethic, the}). It is better to be described as a hacker by others than to describe oneself that way. Hackers consider themselves something of an elite (a meritocracy based on ability), though one to which new members are gladly welcome. There is thus a certain ego satisfaction to be had in identifying yourself as a hacker (but if you claim to be one and are not, you'll quickly be labeled {bogus}). See also {wannabee}.

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  • Paperback: 568 pages
  • Publisher: MIT Press; 3rd Revised edition edition (29 Nov 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262680920
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262680929
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 406,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A sprightly lexicon." William Safire, New York Times Magazine "For anyone who likes to have slippery, elastic fun with language, this is a time for celebration... The New Hacker's Dictionary... is not only a useful guidebook to very much un-official technical terms and street tech slang, but also a de facto ethnography of the early years of the hacker culture." Mondo 2000 "My current favorite is wave a dead chicken.' New to you? You've waved a dead chicken when you've gone through motions to satisfy onlookers (suits?), even when you're sure it's all futile. Raymond's book exhilarates... The New Hacker's Dictionary, though, is not for skimming. Allot, each day, a half hour, severely timed if you hope to get any work done." Hugh Kenner, Byte

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4.0 out of 5 stars It's Great! 12 Dec 2001
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I did my A-Level English Coursework on this kind of thing, and afterwards bought this book. My coursework got an A, but this book is a tuna to my cousework's whitebait!!! I love it and it means I don't have to persuade my parents to let me online whenever I want to find an "appropriate" phrase for something!!! A tad boring occasionally, but the good bits out-number the bad bits by about 100-1! Some neat stories in the back too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is more than just a simple dictionary... 4 April 1999
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"The New Hacker's Dictionary" gives the reader a good idea what the Internet was before its explosion in popularity in 1994. Not only does this book describes today's and yesterday's jargon used on the 'net, it also helps the reader understand the history and the developpment of the Network of all networks. Get it for an understanding of technically terms, slang-speak, historical facts and even for a good laugh.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is the book to have! 28 July 1999
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Detailed explanations of almost every computer related term out there. If you are not familar with the lingo then this book will explain everything you need to know. A great desktop reference guide.
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5.0 out of 5 stars READ THIS BOOK 30 Jun 2001
This book is very worth reading. It teaches you all the computer Jargong and mythology/legends in a concise and good way. Many parts made me laugh,or what do you say about "bogo meter" and "waving a dead chicken".
One of the best books I ever have read.
(My email address means programmer, that was taken)
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You have to read to gain a toehold on the scene, but it's not the complete story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Guide to Online Jargon 5 Jun 1998
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The Jargon File, on which this book is based, has been the definitive guide to online jargon pretty much since there was an online to create jargon about. You may want another book to spell out acronyms and decipher industry-speak, but if you've been thrown in with a bunch of real geeks for the first time and can't understand what seems to be a language of its own, this book is better than Berlitz.
Even people for whom 'foobar' is not a foreign word will enjoy the essays and jokes in The New Hacker's Dictionary, and there's bound to be a phrase or two you can learn from the nerd subculture down the hall.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you can read this, you should own this book 4 Jun 1998
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Forget the Wired Style Guide, forget The Dilbert Future -- if you want to write, speak, or otherwise communicate intelligibly about computers and computer culture, you *need* this book. It's everything you could want in a reference book: smart, authentic, intelligible, painstakingly researched, and funnier than hell. Tech journalists will particularly benefit from this book's handy definitions and historical anecdotes -- in fact, the Jargon File from which it originated is itself a prime artifact of computer-culture history. Frankly, anybody who writes about computers for a living and doesn't have this within easy reach of their desk probably isn't worth hearing from in the first place...
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