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Over the years I've been brave enough to get up on stage several times and play for my church, or maybe it was that I wasn't brave enough to say no. When I was 12, our church had a talent show in which a girl and I were both playing the same song. I played it better (no offense to Jessica!), and they gave me on of the five Gold Awards. Although still unhappy about that event, she now plays weekly for the church. Who does everyone remember, the kid played well once, or the one who continues to play for them even now? Jessica of course.. That shows that it is the person who stays with it who gets the eventual recognition.
I looked everywhere trying to find out how the machine worked, how the graphics were displayed, how the code was executed, how sounds were made, and what it looked like on the inside. The only part of that which I did find out was what the inside looked like, and that was only because it broke and the repairman let me watch him as he worked my precious toy. Not until I found out about the awesome database of information called the Internet, did I finally get all the technical info ever wanted.
|The Real Definition of a Hacker|
A person who enjoys exploring the details of programmable systems and how to strech their capabilities, as opposed to most users, who prefer to learn only the minimum necessary. One who programs enthusiastically (even obsessively) or who enjoys programming rather than just theorizing about programming. A person capable of appreciating the motivation for expending effort towards a seemingly useless goal. A person who is good at programming quickly. An expert and a particular program, or one who frequently does work using it or on it .... One who enjoys the intellectual challenge of creatively overcoming or circumventing limitations....
Not to be confused with the less savoury cracker:
A malicious meddler who tries to discover snesitive information by poking around.
The New Hackers Dictionary, Second Edition 1994, p.218
|Things Owned/Liked (all summed up for you)|
Games: Mario RPG, Metroid 3, Zelda: LTTP, Starfox, Mario World 2, DKC, DKC 2, Gradius 3, Mario All-Stars, Mario World, Mario Paint, Alladin, Lion King, Cybernator, Actraiser, Actraiser 2, Super Star Wars, Super Empire Strikes Back, Vortex, Superscope 6
Also liked: ChronoTrigger, Secret of Mana, Zelda 64, Starfox 64, Megaman X
Books: Tricks of the Game Programming Gurus, Intel Architecture Software Developer's Manual, Upgrading and Repairing PC's, Programmer's Guide to Microsoft Windows 95, Multimedia Developer's Guide, Teach Yourself Java in 21 Days, C++ How to Program, The Quicktime How-to Book
Star Trek Encyclpedia, Star Trek TNG Technical Manual, From Star Wars to Indiana Jones, The Best of the LucasFilm Archives, Human Anatomy and Physiology, The Official Pokémon Handbook (I think the odd creatures are cool), The Dinosaur Handbook (I think these creatures though are even cooler)
Movies: The Matrix, Star Trek 1-7, Star Wars: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, The Phantom Menace, Armageddon, Con-Air, Face Off ... (and mostly anything sci-fi that is thought provoking).