9.) Linux (news - web sites) and Perl: With a nod to the origins of the word, these are two of the best hacks of all-time, in terms of impact. Linus Torvalds (news - web sites) hacked together Linux and made it work on the Intel platform, a big plus for companies that wanted Unix (news - web sites) performance without having to pay workstation prices. Larry Wall took two programs called 'sed' and 'awk' and put together PERL, one of the most widely used scripting tools around. Steve Wozniak's hack, the Apple I, is also worth a mention.