World’s 1st Computer Bug

When an insect made computer history

Finding small flaws in the first computers



U.S. engineers have been calling small flaws in machines “bugs” for over a century.
Thomas Edison talked about bugs in electrical circuits in the 1870s. When the first
computers were built during the early 1940s, people working on them found bugs in
both the hardware of the machines and in the programs that ran them. By 1945
the term was used for any defect: In the March 3rd 1945 “Billboard Magazine”,
a review (p11) notes: “There are still a number of bugs to shake out, but
if we were a sponser, we’d buy it fast.”

Credit for popularizing the term is generally accorded to computer pioneer
Grace Murray Hopper, who was working on the primitive Harvard University
Mark II Aiken Relay Calculator. On the 9th of September, 1947, when the machine
was experiencing problems, an investigation showed that there was a moth trapped
between the points of Relay #70, in Panel F. The operators removed the moth and
affixed it to the log. The entry reads: “First actual case of bug being found.”
The word went out that they had “debugged” the machine, and the term
“debugging a computer program” was born.
Although Grace Hopper was not there when it actually happened, it was
one of her favourite stories.
World's first computer bug

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Midnight bugs taste best. - Unknown

You can't write poetry on the computer. - Quentin Tarantino

Oh, so they have internet on computers now! - Homer Simpson

I took the initiative in creating the internet. - Al Gore

Computer logic is no substitute for human wisdom. - Unknown

Time sneaks up on you like a windshield on a bug. - John Lithgow

Man is still the most extraordinary computer of all. - John F Kennedy

Never trust a computer you can't throw out a window. - Steve Wozniak

The computer is down. I hope it's something serious. - Stanton Delaplane

There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home. - Ken Olson

Some days you're a bug, some days you're a windshield. - Price Cobb

To err is human - and to blame it on a computer is even more so. - Robert Orben

For business, our Internet love affair was a gift from the gods. - Gary Vaynerchuk

To err is human, but to really foul things up you need a computer. - Paul Ehrlich

Sometimes you're the windshield; sometimes you're the bug. - Mark Knopfler

Some days you're the bug. Some days you're the windshield. - Price Cobb

The internet turns 30 minutes of homework into 2 hours of homework. - Unknown

Valentine's day without your love is like a year without the Internet. - Santosh Kalwar

On the keyboard of life always keep one finger on the 'escape' key. - Unknown

A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing. - Emo Philips

Please leave my computer alone. The only cookies I want to get are the ones I can eat. - Heather Wolf

I don't believe in e-mail. I'm an old-fashioned girl. I prefer calling and hanging up. - Sarah Jessica Parker

Learning by doing, peer-to-peer teaching, and computer simulation are all part of the same equation. - Nicholas Negroponte

You go to your TV to turn your brain off. You go to the computer when you want to turn your brain on. - Steve Jobs

Every two months, I would get an email, 'Skeleton Twins update: still don't have the money!' - Bill Hader

I use a computer. I don't know if that qualifies me as a techie, but I'm pretty good on the computer. - Leonard Nimoy

The Internet has turned what used to be a controlled, one-way message into a real-time dialogue with millions. - Danielle Sacks

They've finally come up with the perfect office computer. If it makes a mistake, it blames another computer. - Milton Berle

Man is the cheapest 150-pound nonlinear, all-purpose computer system which can be mass-produced by unskilled labor. - NASA

Word-of-mouth marketing has always been important. Today, it's more important than ever because of the Internet. - Newt Barrett

From sixdegrees to Friendster to Facebook, social networking has become a familiar and ubiquitous part of the Internet. - David Kirkpatrick

Until Facebook came along, there was hardly anywhere on the public Internet where you had to operate with your real name. - David Kirkpatrick

The difference between the right word and almost the right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug. - Mark Twain

My favorite thing about the Internet is that you get to go into the private world of real creeps without having to smell them. - Penn Jillette

Just think how far we've come in the 20th Century. The man who used to be a cog in the wheel is now a digit in the computer. - Robert Fuoss

The day I made that statement, about inventing the internet, I was tired because I'd been up all night inventing the camcorder. - Al Gore

I'm fairly adventurous with my eating. I've tried kangaroo, and Moreton Bay bugs, which are a kind of lobster, are so good. - Brian O'Driscoll

A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history - with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila. - Mitch Ratcliffe

For the past 10 years, corporations have been trained that they should use all the different media. But the Internet is becoming the umbrella. - Larry Weber

The problem with the internet is that it gives you everything - reliable material and crazy material. So the problem becomes, how do you discriminate? - Umberto Eco


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