I am a hacker….the OLDE TYME kind – the kind who likes to take things apart to see how they work and then put them back together to make them work a little differently. Us old time hackers are still around – still fiddling with pcs, and pdas and whatnot to make things out of other things. Where once, I used to take solid state radios apart, I am kinda limited now to things that are out of warranty. One of my favorite gifts to myself this year was a subscription to Make Magazine an actual paper publication from O’reilly that in their own words “…celebrates your right to tweak, hack, and bend any technology to your own will” : in a word it’s COOL. Hardware hacking is still alive and well. The internet is loaded with hacking sites : Engadget will help you hack your Roomba, Hack Furby will let you do just that. if you REALLY get ambitious: hardware hack everyday. even NPR got in on the act with this report NPR : iPod Radio Owners Create Pirate Stations – DIY iPod Pirate Radio Staion.
Don’t get discouraged if you don’t want to turn your toaster into a tea bag dunker …everything is hackable. I just bought my cats a new $3 scratching post, but it’s not well designed, so tonight I take it apart and retool it to MY specifications. . I am also hacking a Samsonite train case (makeup case), into a home for my small electronics. Think of it like open-source hardware. 8)