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Gadget Freak Case #263: Midi Key-tar

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Re: Language Changes Over Time
Daniyal_Ali   9/21/2014 2:18:17 AM
I agree Nancy, the word "hack" started off as something dangerous, but now it's just a term used in a context when a thing is used in a different way than it is supposed to be.

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Re: Language Changes Over Time
Nancy Golden   9/19/2014 12:03:23 PM
Thanks for your added perspective ramjet - I certainly agree: The Midi Key-tar is a fun home project so it is unlikely to become commercially available and thus remains a hack - but if some entrepeneur decided to manufactre it and mass-market it, the design would then become streamlined for manufacturing and marketing and would no longer be considered a hack...

But I also think it depends on the context. A finished mod may still be a prototype - the final product would have a "revision."

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Re: Language Changes Over Time
ramjet@metrocast.net   9/19/2014 9:01:11 AM
Originally I saw Hacking as the negative invasion of computers by unauthorized persons.

Now I see it as nuetral and I find it as a mod that is not as elegant as a finished product.

So to me now, A hack job is a quick try to see if it will work, not the finished Mod to show off to others.

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Language Changes Over Time
Nancy Golden   9/18/2014 9:15:34 PM
Very cool project - I will need to show it to my son...thanks for sharing a very cool idea for our inner musician...

Slightly off topic but it is interesting to see that "hack" has taken on a more positive connotation over the years as expressed in this article. In the 90's or even early 2000's just the mention of a hack would make our hackles rise (pardon the pun) because it had a negative connotation since back then hacks were considered prinmarily destructive (versus a patch or mod which would be positive). Today - hacks are much more neutral or even positive as in the case of this gadget freak case.

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Midi-based Keytar.
Cabe Atwell   9/18/2014 7:28:15 PM

Interesting, i'm curious if you could make a drum version of it using pressure pads? Or a whole 'keyboard' band with different keyboard instruments?


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