The Hacker’s Song



I’m a hacker and I’m OK

I work all night and I sleep all day.



I wrote some hacks in APL,

each on a single line.

They’re mutually recursive,

and run in n-squared time.

(chorus)

Oh, he’s a hacker and he’s ok,

He works all night and he sleeps all day.

I’m a hacker and I’m ok,

I work all night and I sleep all day.



I wrote two hacks in Macro,

with UUO’s galore.

One plays Nim on the console lights

while the other zeros core.

(chorus)

I wrote a hack in SNOBOL

with FORTRAN subroutines.

It spits out trashy stories

for ladies’ magazines.

(chorus)

I wrote some hacks in InterLisp,

they barely fit in core.

The swapper thrashed its guts out,

So now it runs no more.

(chorus)

I wrote a hack in microcode,

with a goto on each line.

It runs as fast as Superman,

But not quite every time.

(chorus)

I wrote some hacks in Ada,

and still can’t run them yet.

Do you suppose we’ll see that day?

On it I would not bet.

(chorus)

I wrote a hack for UNIX,

when it was still in vogue.

It knows the tricks to PacMan,

and plays mean games of Rogue.

(chorus)

I wrote some hacks, distributed,

across our neat gateway.

Each one of its 10 functions

kills RIG in a different way!

(chorus)

I wrote some hacks in Mlisp,

to edit files of root.

It writes them back no-execute,

and now it won’t reboot!

(chorus)

I wrote some hacks to manage jobs

with PLITS and IPC.

Its very first activity

was firing the faculty.

(chorus)

I wrote some hacks with P and V

to synchronize my life.

Now I can’t use the bathroom,

I’m deadlocked with my wife!

(chorus)

I wrote a hack(in theory),

it may not ever halt.

But if it does, just watch out…

[Fatal Error: Infinite Page Fault]

(chorus)

I wrote a hack with hough transforms

for the folks at DoD.

It’ll guide their fancy missles

to Washington D.C.



I’m a hacker and I’m OK

I work all night and I sleep all day.

I’ll have a system of my own someday,

that’ll run my code in a hacked up way.

–tvr

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