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We often hear about hackers and hacking in the media in a pejorative way. It's time to reclaim the word! The Urban Dictionary defines hacking as:
"To program a computer in a clever, virtuosic, and wizardly manner. Ordinary computer jockeys merely write programs; hacking is the domain of digital poets. Hacking is a subtle and arguably mystical art, equal parts wit and technical ability, that is rarely appreciated by non-hackers."
What are we talking about here? Hackers built the Internet and the World-Wide Web. Hackers wrote the Linux kernel, which now powers over 900m Android devices worldwide. In this talk for Software Aliiance Wales I look at what it means to be a hacker, and how to develop your hacking skills.