Hackers. They're the dark forces that the media loves to portray as lurking behind the bedroom curtains of suburban houses, subverting corporate greed and plotting the downfall of civilisation as we know it.

Or, if you prefer, they’re people who just like to take things apart to see how they work and to see if there’s a way to make them better.

Most hackers are probably somewhere in between these two idealistic extremes, but hacking as a concept has become intriguing to many. It’s almost sexy these days.

But, like most things in life, the truth is a little less sexy. Real hacking is probably a lot more like what you find at wonderhowto.com, where they hack civilisation itself, but in a good way.

They tackle everyday problems with a little lateral or cryptic thinking and present brilliant little tutorials to get the best out of technology and the world around us.

It’s hacking, but not by the nefarious, masked hoodlums of modern folklore. No, these are just people trying to lift the veil of modern living so the rest of us can glimpse what lies beneath.