Austin, TXUSA 78731
September 19, 2012
I am a technical writer, author of over 300 articles about business, technology, and culture.
I am all of the above. After I laboriously made a user manual exactly right, my boss had me put it back the way it was. When I came home, my wife could see that I was upset and asked what was wrong. I told her what happened. I took down a dictionary. "Hack," I read, "a writer who works for pay without regard for personal or professional standards." She replied, "That's OK, honey, most writers have to -quit- their jobs to become hacks." That said, I once wrote a Fortune Cookie in 22 bytes of hex, a pretty good hack.