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    Wednesday, January 31, 2007

    Hacks: Homemade in the 21st Century

    People have always been looking for shortcuts. Efficiency often leads to innovation and progression. With the technological wave of the lst century, a new consumer has been highlighted (thanksTime!). DIY has evolved into a huge trend in society known now as hacks. While hacks started on phones with phreaking and jamming in the 70s, its now seen in everything from computers to cars. Consumers are taking products and ideas and building on them, making them better and giving them away for FREE. Flick is an excellent photo program but its fanatics have compiled a hacks list here. Sites like lifehacker and hackaday have immensely popular simple edits for various technologies. Consumers are no longer satisfied with just making their products as is. DIY means being more emboldened to modify them to their own standards, needs and uses. It also means sharing with others. Maker Faire is a newfangled fair that brings together science, art, craft, and engineering in a public forum. Here consumers not only get to celebrate hacks on existing technology, but innovate sectors. In the future look for hacks to become as prevelant as software programs themselves. This blog incorporates a dozen hacks which wasn't thought to be possible when the program was conceived. As long as consumers dream for a better product, there will always be those ready to service those dreams with a shortcut.

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