There’s more to life than hacks, of course. Hacks are seductive,
but they need to be exceptions, rather than norm. Many better
engineers I’ve worked with taught me the value of hard, methodical
work; writing code that’s simple to understand and easy to
maintain, be it days or decades later.
But that first little assembly program put in my mind a very
powerful notion: that there’s always a way out. Always a solution.
That if you care enough, put in enough time, and take ownership of
the messy consequences, you can sometimes bend — or, in my case
un-bend — the rules of the universe.