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You know you've been hacking too long when...
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The set-up line for a genre of one-liners told by hackers
about themselves. These include the following:
* Not only do you check your e-mail more often than your paper
mail, but you remember your network address faster than your
postal one.
* Your SO kisses you on the neck and the first thing you think
is "Uh, oh, priority interrupt".
* You go to balance your chequebook and discover that you're
doing it in octal.
* Your computers have a higher street value than your car.
* In your universe, "round numbers" are powers of 2, not 10.
* You have woken up recalling a dream in some programming
* You realise you have never seen half of your best friends.
[An early version of this entry said "All but one of these
have been reliably reported as hacker traits (some of them
quite often). Even hackers may have trouble spotting the
ringer." The ringer was balancing one's chequebook in octal,
which I made up out of whole cloth. Although more respondents
picked that one out as fiction than any of the others, I also
received multiple independent reports of its actually
happening, most famously to Grace Hopper while she was
working with BINAC in 1949. - ESR]