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Hacking x for y

[ITS] Ritual phrasing of part of the information which ITS made publicly available about each user. This information (the INQUIR record) was a sort of form in which the user could fill out various fields. On display, two of these fields were always combined into a project description of the form “Hacking X for Y” (e.g. “”Hacking perceptrons for Minsky””). This form of description became traditional and has since been carried over to other systems with more general facilities for self-advertisement (such as Unix plan files).
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    1. An Apple Lisa that has been hacked into emulating a Macintosh (also called a “Mac XL”). 2. A Macintosh assembled from parts theoretically belonging to different models in the line. (1995-03-08)

  • Hackish

    jargon /hak’ish/ 1. Said of something that is or involves a hack. 2. Of or pertaining to hackers or the hacker subculture. See also true-hacker. [Jargon File] (1995-03-08)

  • Hackishness

    jargon The quality of being or involving a hack. This term is considered mildly silly. Synonym hackitude. [Jargon File] (1995-03-08)

  • Hackitude

    jargon An even sillier word for hackishness. [Jargon File] (1995-03-08)

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