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A Hacker A hacker is a person obsessed with computersAt the heart of the obsession is a drive master thecomputer The classic hacker was simply acompulsive programmer It is only recently that theterm hacker became associated with the computerizedvandalismGreat description of HackersBright young men of disheveled apperanceOften withsunken glowing eyesSeen sitting at computerconsoles their arms tense and waitingTo fire theirfingers which are already posed to strike at thebuttons and keys on which their attention seems todiceThey work until they nearly droptwenty orthirty hours at a time if possibleThey sleep oncots near the computerbut only a few hours-thenback to the console or printoutsTheir crumpledclothes their unwashed unsheven faces anduncombed hair testify that they are oblivious totheir bodies and to the word in which they moveThey exist at least when so gaged only throughand for the computers The majority of hackers are mostly young menoften teenagers who have found within the computerworld something into which they can mold theirdesiresAnother definition-a person totally engrossed in computerprogramming and computer technology In the1980s with the advent of personal computersand dial-up computer networks hackeracquired a pejorative connotation oftenreferring to someone who secretively invadesothers computers inspecting or tamperingwith the programs or data stored on themMore accurately though such a person wouldbe called a cracker Hacker also meanssomeone who beyond mere programming likesto take apart operating systems and programsto see what makes them tick --------------------------------------------------------------
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