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Matt Joyce matt at nycresistor.com
Wed Jan 9 02:51:25 CET 2013

I've always considered hacker to be descended etymologically from the
adjective "hackneyed" in deference to the amateurish nature of the

So when evaluating the application of the term I take into account
whether or not the word remains true to it's historical lineage.


On Tue, Jan 8, 2013 at 5:43 PM, charlie wallace
<charlie at finitemonkeys.com> wrote:
> it just seem more or less political. at some point a few years ago yet
> another name(maker) came in to further segregate hacker, cracker, maker,
> hobbyist, tinkerer , soldier spy etc.
> we build from raw, recycle and add functionality, thats more to do with the
> individual, not the label applied to them by someone else.
> On Tue, Jan 8, 2013 at 4:07 PM, Georges Kesseler <georgeskesseler at yahoo.com>
> wrote:
>> I see it very basically:
>> In a makerspace, you make new stuff from raw materials (design PCB, write
>> softs, build machines...)
>> In a hackerspace, you hack different functionality into existing stuff
>> (radio-toaster, CDrom robot ...)
>> But also, in a hackerspace you can as well make new stuff from raw and in
>> a makerspace you can recycle old materials.
>> So the origin is different, the result is quite the same: creativity.
>> Georges
>> On 01/03/2013 11:41 AM, Frantisek Apfelbeck wrote:
>> Hi to all,
>> I remember discussions some year or more ago which were trying to "clear
>> up" the difference between hackerspaces and makerspaces - when the "shift"
>> started to happen (if not before). If I remember correctly most of the
>> opinions were that the differences are in the amount of hardware hacking in
>> makerspaces and more software hacking in hackerspaces. For me it sounds bit
>> strange because many of either off do both and also the ratio changes with
>> time and peopl involved. I do not remember references to makerspaces as
>> being for profit. Is it now the case by definition? I still take makerspace
>> = hackerspace.
>> I wonder if it is just me or if the makerspace/hackerspace communities are
>> still virtually the same.
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