Hacking—and in particular, hardware hacking—has experienced a bit of a renaissance recently. I am personally quite pleased about the increased interest in hacking.Your interest in this book, Hardware Hacking: Have Fun While Voiding Your Warranty, is a testament to the increased demand for knowledge about hardware hacking. I’d like to take a few pages and a few minutes of your time to share with you why your interest in the topic makes me happy as a fellow hardware hacker.
First allow me to pontificate on the meaning of the word hack.The term has evolved quite dramatically over the years. Hacking has shaped technology perhaps as much as technology has shaped our perception of the hacker. According to The New Hacker’s Dictionary (a publicdomain lexicon of jargon created by hackers, www.jargon.8hz.com):
1. /n./ Originally, a quick job that produces what is needed, but not well.
2. /n./ An incredibly good, and perhaps very time-consuming, piece of work that produces exactly what is needed.
The second sense of the word is perhaps the closest to the definition I associate with the word hack.Thus, it follows that a hacker is one who labors to create good, typically innovative solutions to targeted problems.This book you are about to read was edited by a true hacker, Joe Grand, and it speaks mostly to the class of hacks that address the need to adapt and improve on existing consumer solutions.