I like the word hacker. It tends to describe me but not in the conventional meaning of the word. I don't crack computer software and access the inaccessible. Yes I have tried but my results were dismal failures. I lack the knowledge, trade - craft or whatever it is that makes a hacker a cracker. With me it's just repetitive hack hack hack but no crack. I've seen dogs chasing their tales that are more successful than me. So, yes I am a hack and the verb for hack is hacker but not to mean what it usually means.
I decided I'd try my hand at network computing. Using my old PC that I'd given to mother who gave it back in disgust, I removed windows and installed Ubuntu. So far so good. But, what do you do with Ubuntu if you don't have an internet connection? Not much that's what.
Ubuntu is a freeware version of Linux. OK, so Linux is a freeware version too, of Unix.
Anyway, I bought a wireless router on ebay and thought I'd connect my modem to the router and then use the old PC, now set up in the garage to access the net. Either you don't understand what I'm saying or you can hear the sounds of hack hack hack in the air.
I've been trying to install the wireless router on my PC (relatively new one) but found that PC wouldn't recognize router no matter which configuration I tried, hack hack hack, the EZ installation program on the CD just gave up. I tried using the Windows XP built in function to detect wireless modem even when it was connected by wire...hack hack hack without success.
I tried updating the drivers that came with the installation CD and that opened up another can of hacking worms. Having downloaded the drivers I couldn't find out how to install them.
Windows Help tells me to get windows to first detect the new hardware and then the drivers will install...hack hack hack...back to square one.
So, just to give myself a break, I tried fixing wifey's car which refuses to start even after having a brand new battery installed ..hack hack hack sounds in the air again and I replaced the alternator with a new one (new as in direct from the auto wreckers yard) only to find car died after a jump start...hack hack hack...
maybe it needed a different alternator so I fitted a second one, again from the same impeccable source as first one without any success.Car is still immobile, router is sitting in drawer doing nothing much.
Now you understand the life of a hacker.