A magic spell cast over a computer allowing it to turn one’s input
into error messages. tr.v. To engage in a pastime similar to banging
one’s head against a wall, but with fewer opportunities for reward.
Archive for June, 2012
“The straightforward and easy path was to join the proprietary software world, signing nondisclosure agreements and promising not to help my fellow hacker….I could have made money this way, and perhaps had fun programming (if I closed my eyes to how I was treating other people). But I knew that when my career was over, I would look back on years of building walls to divide people, and feel I had made the world ugly.”
— Richard Stallman (Open Sources, 1999 O’Reilly and Associates)