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 for hack mode
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  hack mode
   n.
  
      1. What one is in when hacking, of course.
  
      2. More specifically, a Zen-like state of total focus on The Problem that
      may be achieved when one is hacking (this is why every good hacker is part
      mystic). Ability to enter such concentration at will correlates strongly
      with wizardliness; it is one of the most important skills learned during {
      larval stage. Sometimes amplified as deep hack mode.
  
      Being yanked out of hack mode (see priority interrupt) may be experienced
      as a physical shock, and the sensation of being in hack mode is more than a
      little habituating. The intensity of this experience is probably by itself
      sufficient explanation for the existence of hackers, and explains why many
      resist being promoted out of positions where they can code. See also {
      cyberspace (sense 3).
  
      Some aspects of hacker etiquette will appear quite odd to an observer
      unaware of the high value placed on hack mode. For example, if someone
      appears at your door, it is perfectly okay to hold up a hand (without
      turning one's eyes away from the screen) to avoid being interrupted. One
      may read, type, and interact with the computer for quite some time before
      further acknowledging the other's presence (of course, he or she is
      reciprocally free to leave without a word). The understanding is that you
      might be in hack mode with a lot of delicate state (sense 2) in your
      head, and you dare not swap that context out until you have reached a
      good point to pause. See also juggling eggs.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  hack mode
  deep hack mode
  
      Engaged in hacking.  A Zen-like state of total
     focus on The Problem that may be achieved when one is hacking
     (this is why every good hacker is part mystic).  Ability to
     enter such concentration at will correlates strongly with
     wizardliness; it is one of the most important skills learned
     during larval stage.  Sometimes amplified as "deep hack
     mode".
  
     Being yanked out of hack mode (see priority interrupt) may
     be experienced as a physical shock, and the sensation of being
     in hack mode is more than a little habituating.  The intensity
     of this experience is probably by itself sufficient
     explanation for the existence of hackers, and explains why
     many resist being promoted out of positions where they can
     code.  See also cyberspace.
  
     Some aspects of hackish etiquette will appear quite odd to an
     observer unaware of the high value placed on hack mode.  For
     example, if someone appears at your door, it is perfectly okay
     to hold up a hand (without turning one's eyes away from the
     screen) to avoid being interrupted.  One may read, type, and
     interact with the computer for quite some time before further
     acknowledging the other's presence (of course, he or she is
     reciprocally free to leave without a word).  The understanding
     is that you might be in hack mode with a lot of delicate
     state in your head, and you dare not swap that context out
     until you have reached a good point to pause.  See also
     juggling eggs.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (1996-07-31)
  

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