Friday, November 08, 2013

Cavalock and The Rise of The Hackivists

Our local government wasn't the only one who had their hands busy dealing with all things Internet, fortunately it wasn't hackers that I spent most of my online time with. I was emailing the tech support folks at Blizzard to fix my account so that I could get into the Beta version of their next big game Hearthstone, Heroes of Warcraft.

Like I said, it has been quite a tech-y last few weeks for me. After four years, my little red Nespresso machine has finally decided to give up on me. Luckily Nespresso has a trade-in offer where you get S$120 off the new machine once you hand over the old one when they deliver it to your home, yup, they do deliveries too. Plus they gave 16 free capsules!

And I finally got the official Lego iPhone case for my iPhone 5S! Got the iPhone 5S on the first day of launch without even having to queue cos I only wanted the boring space grey colour one that apparently no one else wants. I actually held off getting the iPhone 5 cos I couldn't find a Lego case for it. The tactile surface of my old iPhone 4 Lego case gave it such an easy and comfortable grip.

Anyway, back to the hacking, I find it rather amusing that the local government press has decided to call the hackers "hackivists". I have never heard of that word until today. Now I like to consider myself pretty well read as I do pick up the occasional copy of WIRED magazine that is if I happen to be at the dentist's waiting room once a year. But seriously, what's wrong with the more familiar 'hackers'? Is it like calling flooding "ponding"? I'm thinking maybe the older senior folks in the newsroom remember the 1995 film Hackers starring a young Angelina Jolie. Hackers were good guys in the movie so maybe they had come up with a new word for evil hackers. So the next time, if there's a news story about evil joggers, they'll be "jogivits". Nasty bus drivers could well be "bus drivivists" in disguise. Any others?


Anonymous said...

And the blogivists like you too! :)

Anonymous said...

Anonymous (used as a mass noun) is a loosely associated international network of activists and hacktivists

Cavalock said...

Well, the local papers have gone back to calling them 'hackers'. ;)