Hacker is more way of life than IT knowledge and tech skills.
Obvious? Sure, all truth is obvious. But this is not what I was talking about.
There is an old Russian joke about how to hack an ATM:
- To hack an ATM, You need a sledgehammer, black mask and laptop. You wear mask, and smash ATM with sledgehammer till it totally broken, than take money and leave.
- And what laptop for?
- What kind of hacker You are without laptop?!!
Well, actually You are And here is morning story:
We have few building with complicated system of elevators. Each building have separate “smart management” system for elevators management, there at least 2 different systems present, and each of them make a noticeable mistakes for frequent elevator users.
So, I am standing in lobby, no going up elevators, all of them up, only one is empty and going down. “What the hell” – I think, – “lets go down and then up”. I am getting in and prepare to wait. At last second man jump-in the elevator, about 50, says: “Hi! Up or down?”. “Up” – I say, – “but elevator goes down first”.
So, he step on the way of the elevator closing door, and begin to rapidly press button of upper level he needs. Elevator make a try to close door, then again, then short “beep” and arrow “Down” change with arrow “Up” and we going up…
“Don’t forget to press a button”- he said.
“Nice trick, good knowledge of computers, some system bag?” – I am sure guy is somehow related to elevator systems.
“What? No! Just with this stupid elevators You have to take an control in Your hands, otherwise You will never arrive in time” – he said. – “In the [other building] this trick not working, but there is a way too…”, – and he explains me how to stop elevator in other building…
“See You around! come to visit us at [salesmen company name]!” and he left on his level.
And now I am typing this, because apparently joke should be rewritten – You don’t need a laptop to be a hacker