I am not a hacker because the word has lost it's meaning and became totally deteriorated and ridiculous.
Surprisingly most of the "not hacker" posts here catch greatly with the genuine and respected meaning of it. They don't mention the lame modern hacker definition of a security breaker. They speak about a true attraction to hobbyist programming, spending endless hour into creative computer activities that might make no sense to the average joe. In that aspect, with my endless engagement into low level programming (even if it was irrelevant with the narrow scope of today's notion of what a hacker is) I would match some of these individuals described here for sure.
Yet, as I am totally disgusted to the wrong notion of the word, I declare that I deny calling myself a hacker.
The H-word has died for me.