Davis Hacking Society

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What is it?

[WWW]Hacking Society was dedicated to fostering the geek community, through the shared experience of [WWW]"Hacking". It was around for a little while, but is inactive currently (Oct. 2006).

Who is it for?

Attendees of Hacking Society are often known to believe that collaboration is the key to success in any endeavor and that it is communities that make computers worth using, and that programming is an art form as opposed to class work or resume fodder. This chapter of Hacking Society also lacks the LUG affiliation which means users of all languages, operating systems, and editors are welcome.

What do you do there?

What can I do to help?

The most important thing you can do to help Hacking Society succeed is show up and contribute. A missed meeting here or there isn't going to hurt anyone's feelings but if programming is something you love doing (or would like to learn to love doing) you should show up as often and for as long as you can. And when you're not showing up, you could print out one of these [WWW]snazzy [WWW]fliers.

The Future

To the hackers and geeks of Davis, CA:

I have in some sense been the driving force behind Davis Hacking Society, and while my personal experiences at individual meetings have been productive and inspiring, the lack of attendance has hurt my pride more than once. Lack of time and energy and a perception that people didn't really understand the point of DHS has prevented me from making it as great as I know it can be. But now I'm being removed the equation, on May 15th I start a new job in Cupertino, CA and will be unable to regularly attend DHS meetings. So this is a letter to the hackers and geeks not just of the wiki but of Davis, CA, hacking society was never meant to be my pet project, I never wanted to be the leader of a group, I just wanted the group to exist, so I did what I could to help it exist. Perhaps I was wrong about Davis, perhaps the community just isn't there, but I find it truly bewildering that community that could build and nurture something like DavisWiki could possibly lack the community spirit. Perhaps I never explained what DHS was properly, but that's because I don't know what it's supposed to be, it's not supposed to be a rigidly defined group with strict agendas and time keeping, Hacking Society was never meant to be more than a time and a place and reason for people with a common interest to get together. And that is what it has been, for me and Philip and occasional others. Perhaps I didn't deal with criticism as well as I should have, perhaps I alienated people, whatever I did wrong, or just didn't do, it's now up to you the people if it's worth doing right. I hope in my failure you can find the secret to success. —DavidReid


I went there 2006-02-16 6:00PM, waited an hour, but NOBODY showed up. Not Philip, not David.SteveDavison

That's strange, I recall being there at 6:30PM. Hmmm. We must have just missed.SteveDavison


I move that the meetings be moved from Cafe Roma to Delta of Venus. They serve food there, have beer, and have Wi-Fi.SteveDavison


Lots of conversation about this topic that was lost to the ether can now be found at Davis Hacking Society/Talk. Hopefully this will recreate interest in what is a really great idea and maybe more people will start showing up. - ZacMorris


Since nobody was at yesterday's (2006-04-27) DHS meeting, and the founder (Davis Reid) has moved away from Davis, I move that we disband the DHS and consider it absorbed into the LUGOD social meetings. They do have active meetings (10-12 people attend the socials), and it's at nearby Delta of Venus. All in favor? —SteveDavison

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