bre@hackerspacesbook:~# cat intro.txt
The international hackerspace movement is gaining momentum andnew hackerspaces are opening up every month somewhere in the worldto give the curious people who like to make and break things a place tomeet. Geeks and nerds are often portrayed sitting alone behind the glowof a laptop screen, but now, in many cities big and small around the world,hackers gather to solder electronics, share programming skills, teach classes,and build a community of intelligent, inquisitive, and clever people. I trulybelieve that groups of hackers can tackle any challenge they want to takeon.Each hackerspace is different. Some are bigger than others and somefocus more on hardware than software and some take on social justiceissues and politics. More and more hackers are connecting and ignitingfriendships at hacker conferences and camps. Getting a hackerspace star-ted is full of challenges and setbacks, but I hope that when you read thesestories of hackerspace beginnings, you‘ll be inspired to gather a few hackerstogether, find a space, and start scheming to make awesomeness happen!
astera@hackerspacesbook:~# cat fw.txt
It‘s been ages since we started working on this brief history of hacker-spaces time, and we wanted it finished in only two weeks - fail, I give youthat! However, the message we wanted to get across along these pages isstill the same, and will hold true for another couple of years even. And that is the message of the beginning: Hackers, get started!Whether starting up a new hackerspace, finding the right people, orgaining momentum is a task as easy as pie or a second, third and fourthdayjob all in one massively depends on surroundings, timing, people,and most above all, chance; the following examples from hackerspacesall around the world therefore shall not be misunderstood as a guideline- they are rather examples of how things could go, how challenges havebeen worked out, and of course, the awesomeness that will ensue.With this brief intro and my deepest apologies I am not gonna waste you hackers‘ precious time any longer and send you right off to the first chapter! Also: That what he said.