Suddenly a flashback to my days at GVU center, Georgia Tech. I happened to know a few good hackers there. That was 1993-94. The inspriation of those ppl on me are quite positive. From that time, I knew they were using FreeBSD, C, C++ and Python, and they built the kernel from the source code. I was doing some Tcl/C stuff on SunOS myself. After so many years, I still feel their hacker spirit smelling like flowers in springs. I admit I missed the days like that.
After 94, I've met lots of smart ppl at work. However they are not hackers, they are more into how to design things right and efficiently, instead of curuosity driven playing with toys. Since I got paid for working for big bank, big names, it is the career path I took. Bascially working among most of company drones with accasionaly bumped into some smart ppl but no hackers any more. However I am still curiosity driven, such as learned Python, Jython and loz of other things along the road. It is painful sometimes you work with drones since you need to talk in the language they can understand. Surprisly, I am a very good teammate and get along with everyone. I think it is because I know they want me as a helper, touble shooter, a developer. But I know deep inside me I like to be a great hacker, who is always curious and learning about things that I dunno about.
This year (2004) has been quite an interesting year for me in terms of updating loz of IBM product experience such as DB2, WAS 5, WSAD 5, MQ 5.3. It is like hacking sometimes, you need to read loz of docs, play with loz of toys, then suddendly had an idea or two on how to do things better. That drove me to wrote a tool for WAS, an article for DB2.
The years at GIT really helped me to develop a long term attitute towards my career. And those guys really inspired me to create more fun at work.