By day, Scot Hacker (shacker) works at Energy Solutions in Oakland, creating energy efficiency software platforms in Python/Django.
Previously, Scot has worked as a webmonkey at the California College of Arts, as a Djangonaut at the Center for Investigative Reporting, on the CalCentral project @ ETS (UC Berkeley), and spent 10 years at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism and Knight Digital Media Central as a web developer, technology instructor, and webcaster.
Hacker also created the life-goal-tracking site Bucketlist.org, where people list all the things they want to accomplish before they die, tell stories about their accomplishments, and post images and video from their adventures.
shacker writes occasional bits on music for Stuck Between Stations, a site he built and collaborates on with a few friends. He has a pretty famous piece there: Can You Get to That? The Cosmology of P-Funk.
In a former life he was an active technology journalist. He was the author of O’Reilly’s MP3: The Definitive Guide, as well as Peachpit’s The BeOS Bible (both now out of print). He’s also written dozens of technology articles for PC Magazine, Byte, MacWorld, ZDNet, and others.
For a decade, shacker ran the independent web hosting and consulting business Birdhouse Hosting, where he specialized in helping find and implement web technology solutions for journalists and creative types.
Over the years he’s been an avid surfer and skateboarder, AFS exchange student (Australia 1983), music writer, technology editor, collage artist, hitchhiker, programmer, scuba diver, motorcyclist, etc.