Hacking

…but as the TMRC [MIT’s “Tech Model Railroad Club”] people used the word, there was serious respect implied.  While someone might call a clever connection between relays a “mere hack”, it would be understood that, to qualify as a hack, the feat must be imbued with innovation, style, and technical virtuosity.  Even though one might self-deprecatingly say he was “hacking away at The System” (much as an axe-wielder hacks at logs), the artistry with which one hacked was recognized to be considerable.

   ~ Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution, Steven Levy

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