the Hacker attitude

Guiding principles for IT work

For as long as I can remember, I have had the Hacker attitude as part of my about-box on LinkedIn. Originally minted by Eric S. Raymond, the Hacker attitude is described in terms of five principles:

  1. The world is full of fascinating problems waiting to be solved
  2. No problem should ever have to be solved twice
  3. Boredom and drudgery are evil
  4. Freedom is good
  5. Attitude is no substitute for competence

These five have been part of my guiding principles in what I do. In particular, the second one is a big part of why I write this blog. Some of what I write is reproduced elsewhere by others, and some isn’t. That, however, is very much beside the point – namely that ensuring that the information is available to anyone who might want it is a good thing.

As an IT support and operations professional, it is sadly true that we all too often are unable to truly solve an issue – or for that matter prevent an issue to reoccur. Having a known – and documented – solution helps ameliorate this fact.





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