Hacker History sits down with Harish Pillay and hear about his journey. We start with curiosity that leads to hardware and ham radio. Eventually Harish is a graduate student and received a tape from the Free Software Foundation. We hear some stories about the early days of free software and how Harish was involved. We hear about the first Linux conference in Singapore and finish up with the best advice you can give a new hacker. Stay curious.

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Hacker History sits down with Abe. We hear about Abe's younger days in rural Canada. How he accidentally ended up in the Canadian army, and got to help work on a program in the army hosting capture the flag events. He eventually comes the head of security for a large Canadian city, which was full of surprises and lessons.

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Hacker History sits down with Lars Wirzenius. We hear about Lars growing up in Finland and the unique Swedish computer he started using. The GNU Manifesto changed his life. Lars witnessed the birth of Linux and helped fix some early issues. Started using Python back in 1993. He became a Debian developer, founded a backup company, worked for the Wikimedia Foundation. And now Lars is a huge fan of the Rust programming language.

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Hacker History sits down with Shecky about his hacker story. We start with Atari computers and PDP11s. Shecky tells us how sometimes the least technical hack is the best hack in a story about pwning a friend during school. He moves to photography for a while, then find himself back in the world of computing with a goal of security. The story is fascinating and ends on some fantastic advice for all of us.

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Hacker History sits down with evilmog and learns of his hacker story. We start out hearing about evilmog's antics as a youth including hacking muds, getting banned from the school network, and his first few gigs out of school until he landed at IBM doing networking. He ends up in Afghanistan doing networking where he found his hacker skills useful. We also hear about topics like hashcat, DerbyCon, Defcon, and Cyphercon. We finish up with some great advice on how to meet new folks and being a hacker is not the same as infosec.

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Hacker History sits down with Jarrod Coulter to talk about how he got into red teaming. Jarrod's story starts out in IT and eventually find us discussing how he started a red team from the ground up and some of the lessons learned along the way. Jarrod also runs the GRASSr00tz security conference and we learn how it got started.

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Hacker History sits down with Hash to hear his history. Hash tells us how he got into the world of smart meter hacking. This led to the website RECESSIM, and a YouTube channel. We hear about his journey through the world of mini computers and microprocessors. Becoming a hardware tech, fixing video games, and even designing custom hardware. Hash is a great example of someone driven by the challenge itself, which often results in becoming an expert in the space.

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Hacker History sits down with Investigator Chic to hear all about how she got into hacking. Like many of us, she didn't start out on a path focused on security, but unlike many of us, she had a hard link to the university mainframe in her house. Investigator Chic has some great advice for all of us on how to get involved and make a difference in your local hacker scene.

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Hacker History sits down with wirefall and hears his story. Wirefall started his journey trying to avoid tech. He considers his early life a series of finding out what he doesn't want to do rather than discovering what to do. He found himself in the Air Force where he figured out the future is the Internet. He eventually got into security, and become a critical member of the infosec community planning meetups and conferences. This episode is full of advice and inspiration for all of us.

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