Cracker vs Tracker - What's the difference?

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In computing|lang=en terms the difference between cracker and tracker

is that cracker is (computing) one who cracks (ie overcomes) computer software or security restrictions while tracker is (computing) a computer program that monitors something.

As nouns the difference between cracker and tracker

is that cracker is a dry, thin, crispy, and usually salty or savoury biscuit or cracker can be (us|pejorative|racial slur) an impoverished white person from the southeastern united states, originally associated with georgia and parts of florida; by extension: any white person while tracker is one who, or that which, tracks or pursues, as a man or dog that follows game.

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cracker

English

Etymology 1

From the verb to crack . Hard "bread/biscuit" sense first attested 1739, though "hard wafer" sense attested 1440. Sense of computer (cracker), (crack), (cracking), were promoted in the 1980s as an alternative to (hacker), by programmers concerned about negative public associations of (hack), . See .

Noun

(en noun)
  • A dry, thin, crispy, and usually salty or savoury biscuit.
  • A short piece of twisted string tied to the end of a whip that creates the distinctive sound when the whip is thrown or cracked .
  • A firecracker.
  • A person or thing that cracks, or that cracks a thing (e.g. whip cracker; nutcracker).
  • (Perhaps from previous sense.) A native of Florida or Georgia. See
  • (pejorative, ethnic slur) A white person, especially one form the Southeastern United States. Also "white cracker". See
  • A Christmas cracker
  • Refinery equipment used to pyrolyse organic feedstocks. If catalyst is used to aid pyrolysis it is informally called a cat-cracker
  • (chiefly, British) A fine thing or person (crackerjack).
  • She's an absolute cracker'''! The show was a '''cracker !
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=January 15 , author=Saj Chowdhury , title=Man City 4 - 3 Wolves , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=And just before the interval, Kolarov, who was having one of his better games in a City shirt, fizzed in a cracker from 30 yards which the Wolves stopper unconvincingly pushed behind for a corner. }}
  • An ambitious or hard-working person (i.e. someone who arises at the 'crack' of dawn).
  • (computing) One who cracks (i.e. overcomes) computer software or security restrictions.
  • * 1984 , Richard Sedric Fox Eells, Peter Raymond Nehemkis, Corporate Intelligence and Espionage: A Blueprint for Executive Decision Making , Macmillan, p 137:
  • It stated to one of the company's operators, “The Phantom, the system cracker , strikes again . . . Soon I will zero (expletive deleted) your desks and your backups on System A. I have already cracked your System B.
  • * 2002 , Steve Jones, Encyclopedia of New Media (page 1925)
  • Likewise, early software pirates and "crackers " often used phrases like "information wants to be free" to protest the regulations against the copying of proprietary software packages and computer systems.
  • (obsolete) A noisy boaster; a swaggering fellow.
  • * Shakespeare
  • What cracker is this same that deafs our ears?
  • A northern pintail, species of dabbling duck.
  • (obsolete) A pair of fluted rolls for grinding caoutchouc.
  • (Knight)
    Derived terms
    * crackerless * crackerlike
    Synonyms
    * biscuit * (twisted string on a whip) popper, snapper * (one who defeats software security) black hat hacker * (one who defeats software security) hacker * (white person) honky, wonderbread, whitey

    Etymology 2

    Various theories exists regarding this term's application to poor white Southerners. One theory holds that it originated with disadvantaged corn and wheat farmers ("corncrackers"), who cracked'' their crops rather than taking them to the mill. Another theory asserts that it was applied due to Georgia and Florida settlers (:
    I should explain to your Lordship what is meant by crackers; a name they have got from being great boasters; they are a lawless set of rascalls on the frontiers of Virginia, Maryland, the Carolinas and Georgia, who often change their places of abode." cracker]" in the Online Etymology Dictionary'', Douglas Harper, 2001"[http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/nge/Article.jsp?id=h-552 cracker" in ''The New Georgia Encyclopedia , John A. Burrison, Georgia State University, 2002

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (US, pejorative, racial slur) An impoverished white person from the southeastern United States, originally associated with Georgia and parts of Florida; by extension: any white person.
  • Synonyms
    * (whites) white trash, trailer trash, redneck, peckerwood, honky, (sometimes ) crack head

    tracker

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • One who, or that which, tracks or pursues, as a man or dog that follows game.
  • In the organ, a light strip of wood connecting (in path) a key and a pallet, to communicate motion by pulling.
  • (computing) A type of computer software for composing music by aligning samples on parallel timelines.
  • * 2004 , "dilvie", new.scene.org'' (on newsgroup ''alt.music.mods )
  • Trackers have broken out of the demoscene, are are(SIC) now in use by thousands of professional musicians. It's not uncommon to hear about people using trackers on DJ forums, and electronic music production communities
  • * 2008 , Karen Collins, Game sound
  • Although there were a few game companies outside the Amiga scene that used a tracker format (Epic Mega-Games, for instance), the majority used the better-supported MIDI.
  • (computing) A musician who writes music in a tracker.
  • * 1999 , "Adrian Dunn", Re: Using a scanned picture in your demo'' (on newsgroup ''comp.sys.ibm.pc.demos )
  • You can always find musicians. There are more trackers than coders, pixelers, organizers, couriers, and designers combined.
  • (computing) A computer program that monitors something.
  • # (file sharing) Server software that coordinates peers in the BitTorrent protocol.
  • (finance) A tracker mortgage.
  • Derived terms

    * startracker