This day in Hack a Day history: January 1st 2005


A new feature that we’re playing with is an occasional look back at this day in Hack a Day history. While we’re still hotly disputing exactly what, when, and how to show, we thought today would be a great day to introduce the idea.

So, in on this day in Hack a Day history we’re reaching back to our very first January 1, which was 2005.  There are some interesting things to consider when reading this post. At this point in time, we were still sort of  a growth off the side of engadget like [Kuato] from the 1990 version of Total Recall.  We were less than a year old and still hadn’t completely developed our style, we didn’t really share much information about the project, and yep, the very first comment is “not a hack”.




Better USB Wireless Security. January 1, 2005. 

It is fun to see the lowercase style in effect, and jarring to see the lack of [] around a name.  The old black and white pictures are a fun memory.


  1. Eric says:

    This is not a hack. (Sorry Caleb, can’t help it.)

  2. c3p says:

    not a hack

  3. I miss the old grayscale images on Hackaday posts with the tape superimposed.

    • Caleb Kraft says:

      they were iconic, but really limiting. Color makes a huge difference in how a project catches your eye.

    • Greenaum says:

      Surely they were a deliberate choice! They had colour on PCs in 2005! All this ultra-short-term nostalgia is really getting wierd. Specially at the end of the year with the TV showing “I Love The Last 15 minutes” and “100 quadrillion greatest Twitter posts of all time”

    • Eric says:

      I’m working on a browser script addon to bring them back. in the meantime I have this bookmarklet;
      javascript:(function(){var newcss=”.size-full, .size-large { border:white 5px solid !important;max-width:590px !important;filter: grayscale(100%)!important;-webkit-filter: grayscale(100%)!important;-moz-filter: grayscale(100%)!important;-ms-filter: grayscale(100%)!important;-o-filter: grayscale(100%)!important;}”;if(“\v”==”v”){document.createStyleSheet().cssText=newcss}else{var tag=document.createElement(“style”);tag.type=”text/css”;document.getElementsByTagName(“head”)[0].appendChild(tag);tag[(typeof"string")?"innerText":"innerHTML"]=newcss}})();

  4. Teck-freak says:

    fear I wouldn’t call it a Hack too

  5. biozz says:

    i have been a reader seance exactly janurary 1st 2006 XP
    i was like 14-15ish

  6. Jeremy Cook says:

    Sounds like a great idea Caleb! Also, nice Total Recall reference… Not sure if I need to watch the latest version.

  7. bacare says:

    wow, i’ve been lurking here that long.
    p.s. i still type like this (have since 89) it drives the grammer nazi’s crazy ;)

  8. steve says:

    While I agree on not using the lower-case style, I wonder about the [], I’ve never liked them.

  9. DosX says:

    I have no memory of this place….
    (╯︵╰,) sometimes I wish I was born a few years earlier, but hey It all worked out for the best.
    Looking forward to the great hacks of 2013.

    Side Note…This Website = Home.

  10. Haku says:

    BTW I still don’t like the new layout, picture & text for the summaries are too big, the link to read/post comments should be at the bottom of the summary text because after scrolling down to read the text I have to scroll back up to click the bloody link!

    I want the more compact version back!

    Even the comment entry box is smaller than the detail entry area for email/name/website!

  11. soundman98 says:

    dissapointed the delorean has nothing to do with the subject at hand.

  12. vonskippy says:

    “While we’re still hotly disputing exactly what, when, and how to show,”

    Haters gonna hate.

    Just kidding, I just can’t pass up a chance to rag on the dumbest statement EVER used on the Internet.

  13. NewCommentor1283 says:

    the article linked through to, may or may not be a hack(2005.01.01),
    BUT, this article(2013.01.01) is DEFINATELY not a hack! lol

    its an article about an article on the same site XD

    ~happy new years with lots of tenological information~

  14. TigerUp says:

    Happy new year hackaday :) my NYE time circuits:

  15. willaim says:

    “jack says:
    January 1, 2005 at 4:54 pm
    who cares if it is a hack the creator of this website wont want to keep putting his time and effort in to doing all this if every one is being gay about it so just shut up and try the hacks out and have fun with them instead of pretending to be a hardcore hacker”

    Boy I’m glad that didn’t happen. It still holds true …Jack is wise

  16. Galane says:

    Why [do] you put the brackets around [names]? Looks like a failure to properly import bbcode.

    • [Squirrel] says:

      I think it’s to separate [people] from everything else. With some of the weird [usernames] that people have, it could occasionally cause some confusion.

    • Doug says:

      I have the same question Galane.
      This bothers me more than any of the “not hacks” that are posted here. What is the purpose of bracketing the names? It is usually pretty apparent when there is a name in the sentence, and every time I read a post it makes me think that they are substituting the actual person’s name with something else (i.e. names were changed to protect the innocent).

      • Trav says:

        To [me] it’s an original HaD thing. I like the separation of the names, although I think I would rather have them in green italics or green brackets. I prefer the brackets to nothing. it makes the names stand out and gives more props to the person that did the hack.

  17. sangram says:

    I Love Innobuzz……

  18. Nutrino says:

    The delorean… has someone else already sung in their head, “gonna go hack in time…”

  19. notmyfault2000 says:

    I’m surprised I haven’t seen anyone point out the little grammar problems in the post. Come on commentators, you disappoint me!

    • NewCommentor1283 says:

      there always was, and always will be bad grammer andor spelling on the internet.

      it’s the fact that people think they can actually change the grammer used on the internet by correcting people that confuses me. people can not be hacked if they do not want to.

      in real life, the people making the correction would be ignored and people would walk away from them.

      in real life, if you follow people around andor join a group discussion in public JUST to make spelling/grammer corrections, you get ostracised faster then you can finish your correction

      in real life they would learn from thier mistakes that people hate being corrected on thier grammer andor spelling. because noone would let them back in thier group, ever. they know full well they made mistakes. and nothing you can say will make then pratisce different.

      i hope i brang a little noledge too tha table. hahaha XD

      • NewCommentor1283 says:

        PS: im sure most of all the readers on here are using google translate in order to read.

        … in which case EVERY correction you make is completely useless and lost in translation. im sure your correction (after translation) is MORE garbled then the original

        for example, english->itialian->english:

        “I’m surprised I did not see the point in any grammatical problems in small post. By commentators, let me down!”

        or english->swedish->english:

        “I am surprised that I have not seen anyone point out the small grammatical problems in post. Come commentators, disappointed me!”

        or english->french->english:

        “I’m surprised I have not seen anyone about grammar glitches in the post. Go commentators, you disappoint me!”

        so apparently most of he world thinks we(englishppl) are nuts!

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