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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Mit Pr
Publication date August 30, 1991
Pages 400
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780262680691
ISBN-10 0262680696
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $12.95
§As reported by publisher
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This new edition of the hacker's own phenomenally successful lexicon includes more than 100 new entries and updates or revises 200 more.

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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Editions for the work The New Hacker's Dictionary
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780262181457
 
from Mit Pr (September 23, 1991)
9780262181457 | details & prices | 400 pages | List price $27.50
This edition also contains The New Hacker''s Dictionary, The New Hacker's Dictionary
About: From ack to zorch—and with hundreds of other entries in between—The New Hacker's Dictionary is a comprehensive compendium of the remarkable slang used by today's computer hackers.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780262680691 Book cover for 9780262680929
 
3 edition from Mit Pr (October 11, 1996)
9780262680929 | details & prices | 547 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 1.25 in. | 2.00 lbs | List price $42.00
About: A listing of computer-buff slang is embellished by the myths, legends, and heroes of a hacker culture
The price comparison is for this edition
from Mit Pr (August 30, 1991)
9780262680691 | details & prices | 400 pages | List price $12.95
This edition also contains The New Hacker''s Dictionary, The New Hacker's Dictionary
About: This new edition of the hacker's own phenomenally successful lexicon includes more than 100 new entries and updates or revises 200 more.
Editions for the work The New Hacker''s Dictionary
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780262181457 Book cover for 9780262181549
 
2 sub edition from Mit Pr (December 1, 1993); titled "The New Hacker's Dictionary"
9780262181549 | details & prices | 6.25 × 9.25 × 1.25 in. | 2.15 lbs | List price $32.00
About: A listing of computer-buff slang is embellished by the myths, legends, and heroes of a hacker culture
from Mit Pr (September 23, 1991); titled "The New Hacker's Dictionary"
9780262181457 | details & prices | 400 pages | List price $27.50
This edition also contains The New Hacker's Dictionary, The New Hacker's Dictionary
About: From ack to zorch—and with hundreds of other entries in between—The New Hacker's Dictionary is a comprehensive compendium of the remarkable slang used by today's computer hackers.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780262680691 Book cover for 9780262680790
 
With John S. Wright | 2nd edition from Mit Pr (December 1, 1993)
9780262680790 | details & prices | 6.00 × 9.00 × 1.25 in. | 1.85 lbs | List price $14.95
This edition also contains Shadowing Ralph Ellison
About: A listing of computer-buff slang is embellished by the myths, legends, and heroes of a hacker culture
The price comparison is for this edition
from Mit Pr (August 30, 1991); titled "The New Hacker's Dictionary"
9780262680691 | details & prices | 400 pages | List price $12.95
This edition also contains The New Hacker's Dictionary, The New Hacker's Dictionary
About: This new edition of the hacker's own phenomenally successful lexicon includes more than 100 new entries and updates or revises 200 more.
Editions for the work The New Hacker's Dictionary
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780262181457 Book cover for 9780262181785
 
3 sub edition from Mit Pr (October 11, 1996)
9780262181785 | details & prices | 547 pages | 6.25 × 9.25 × 1.50 in. | 2.30 lbs | List price $15.75
About: A listing of computer-buff slang is embellished by the myths, legends, and heroes of a hacker culture
from Mit Pr (September 23, 1991)
9780262181457 | details & prices | 400 pages | List price $27.50
This edition also contains The New Hacker''s Dictionary, The New Hacker's Dictionary
About: From ack to zorch—and with hundreds of other entries in between—The New Hacker's Dictionary is a comprehensive compendium of the remarkable slang used by today's computer hackers.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780262680691
 
The price comparison is for this edition
from Mit Pr (August 30, 1991)
9780262680691 | details & prices | 400 pages | List price $12.95
This edition also contains The New Hacker''s Dictionary, The New Hacker's Dictionary
About: This new edition of the hacker's own phenomenally successful lexicon includes more than 100 new entries and updates or revises 200 more.

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