Top 10 greatest hacks of all time

March 27, 2008 – 9:28 pm

hack iconUser submitted list of the greatest hacks in history spanning beyond computer hardware and software

Hack: a usually creative solution to a problem or limitation

An oldie but goodie, back in 1999, Slashdot solicited its tech-savvy users to submit their opinion on the greatest hacks in History. The timelessness of the nominations makes the list still relevant.

Quick list:

  • hack graphic Orson Welles’ “War of the Worlds” broadcast
  • Mars Pathfinder
  • Ken Thompson’s “cc hack”
  • The AK-47
  • Bombes/Colossus/Bletchley Park
  • Perl
  • Second Reality by Future Crew
  • The Apple II
  • SR-71 “Blackbird”
  • The Apollo 13 Mission Rescue

Read the complete story with background on each entry here at Slashdot

Hacks are driven by a need to find a solution that doesn’t yet exist. Many products and businesses are founded on this principle, creative and bright minds have come up with many throughout history. So, throw away that manual, crack open the black box, plink down some elegant code and tinker away, who knows, you may come up with the next google-like algorithm!

Has any recent hacks in the last 7-8 years warrant a place in the top 10 now?


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