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Hack???!!! I am totally confused!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 31, 2011 at 7:19 PM

For we UK paleos - what might "Hack" mean? Here, we "hack" down a load of weeds or a tired old apple tee with an axe or something.

Hack me a lettuce???!!! WTF?

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on June 02, 2011
at 01:54 PM

Making, in short, is not about making. Making is about sharing. The reason we can make so much today is because the basic knowledge, skills, and tools to make anything and do anything are already on the ground, forming a loam in which our inspiration can germinate"

1568416ef28477d1fa29046218d83ddd

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on June 02, 2011
at 01:54 PM

Because, of course, today I have millions of hacks and tips and tricks and ideas at my fingertips, thanks to the internet and the tools that run on top of it. When I invent or discover something, I immediately put it on the net. And when I find myself in a corner of the world that is not to my liking, I Google up some hack that someone else has put on the net and apply it or adapt it to my needs. (cont)

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on June 02, 2011
at 01:53 PM

Oh I found a better quote from Doctrow in today's Make Blog "Thinking on my collection of hacks in those dim, pre-internet days, I’m reminded of the book fanciers of the Middle Ages who might, in a lifetimes, amass five or ten books and think themselves well-read. (cont)

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on May 31, 2011
at 09:35 PM

We "Hack" things in the U.S., too. That usage for the word is the same. "Haha, Fred got a Hack-job!" Implies that Fred got a really bad haircut, one that looks as though his wife used an axe to cut it. I believe the usage of Hack on this site would make more sense to you if you look at lifehacker.com or IKEAhacks.com

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on May 31, 2011
at 09:24 PM

Excellent point. These are exactly the usages in my dialect. Of course, language gets used and changed, and we can't control it.

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1568416ef28477d1fa29046218d83ddd

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on May 31, 2011
at 07:26 PM

From RFC 1392

hacker
A person who delights in having an intimate understanding of the internal workings of a system, computers and computer networks in particular.

It generally is used to mean making improvements in a nonstandard way, closely related to what car culture people mean when they say "tune" but with a more seat of the pants, duct taping it together kind of implication

1568416ef28477d1fa29046218d83ddd

(6235)

on June 02, 2011
at 01:54 PM

Making, in short, is not about making. Making is about sharing. The reason we can make so much today is because the basic knowledge, skills, and tools to make anything and do anything are already on the ground, forming a loam in which our inspiration can germinate"

1568416ef28477d1fa29046218d83ddd

(6235)

on June 02, 2011
at 01:53 PM

Oh I found a better quote from Doctrow in today's Make Blog "Thinking on my collection of hacks in those dim, pre-internet days, I’m reminded of the book fanciers of the Middle Ages who might, in a lifetimes, amass five or ten books and think themselves well-read. (cont)

1568416ef28477d1fa29046218d83ddd

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on June 02, 2011
at 01:54 PM

Because, of course, today I have millions of hacks and tips and tricks and ideas at my fingertips, thanks to the internet and the tools that run on top of it. When I invent or discover something, I immediately put it on the net. And when I find myself in a corner of the world that is not to my liking, I Google up some hack that someone else has put on the net and apply it or adapt it to my needs. (cont)

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on May 31, 2011
at 09:16 PM

Need to distinguish "HACK" vs "KLUDGE". A hack is an elegant, often ingenious, solution. A Kludge is an inelegant patch or workaround. Maybe I should start a site called PaleoKludge :)

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on May 31, 2011
at 09:24 PM

Excellent point. These are exactly the usages in my dialect. Of course, language gets used and changed, and we can't control it.

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on May 31, 2011
at 08:25 PM

When a low-fat vegetarian comes to this site and sees all of us weirdos, the term doubles as an easy description of the website users.

Paleo Hack == "one who writes using low-quality, sometimes erroneous information"

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on May 31, 2011
at 08:09 PM

Andrew - one year+, 100+ answers, 12 questions, and over 1,500 reputation points with all 3 medals on a site called "PaleoHacks", and you are still wondering this? What did you think you were participating in this whole time?

lol. I'm only messin with ya man. Hack = shortcut answer, or if you get really technical, any answer at all that represents a good solution to a problem or issue or question or scenario.

The most concise answer, in my opinion, would be: Hack = Solution

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on May 31, 2011
at 07:47 PM

A program or approach to cut through and organize immeasurable amounts of data. Or, any sort of trick, shortcut, skill, or method that helps arrive at a conclusion faster and more efficiently.

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on May 31, 2011
at 07:25 PM

think: shortcuts, deconstruction, re-build, customize.

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