The conversation of what the term “hacking” actually refers to keeps getting brought up in class, so I thought I would go back to the source of my information, which was a collection of writings called The Jargon File. Upon hunting them down I had a good time rereading all the old stories of “hackish ingenuity” that students at Caltech and MIT played out during rival football games and other such events. The best definition I could find of what a hack was is that it is “an appropriate application of ingenuity,” a definition which includes all the internet rompings of people just trying to have a little fun and a little control, or the malicious attacks of people finding vulnerabilities in security systems, or the clever ways people change or use real life objects to better their daily activities. Another alternate definition presented that angled more towards the fiendish side was “a clever practical joke.” The Jargon File is an excellent resource for educated information about what hacking is and how it began, and it is chock full of apocryphal hacker folklore. The Jargon File maintains a distinction between the more proper use of the word hack in which it simply means working on programs, and the more loose or informal connotation of a clever workaround (with no distinction being made for the complexity of the solution) to a hurdle in any technological situation.