Not to be mistaken for Hackers - (1995 movie)
A broad concept applied to a person who has the hobbyist spirit to tinker.
This is a large topic which I have plenty of notes on which will eventually find themselves here.
A "hacker-type" is an individual who displays characteristics of or is in the early stages of being a "Real Hacker" (see Capitalization).
From "programmer" to "hacker" ∞
"Becoming a hacker" is an unreasonable goal, but understanding how great programmers think and learning their habits can help one on one's own journey. At the very least, it's important to learn from the mistakes of others.