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World's 1st Computer Bug

When an insect made computer history

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.'
World's 1st Computer Bug thanks to Grace Hopper

Finding small flaws in the first computers

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.

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The computer is a moron. - Peter F Drucker

Germ: A little bug with influence - Daffynitions joe-ks.com

Computer viruses should count as life. - Stephen Hawking

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

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

Ecrastinate: Checking your e-mail just one more time - Daffynitions joe-ks.com

Hardware: the parts of a computer that can be kicked. - Jeff Pesis

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

Gigantic: The biggest, scariest bug in your dog's fur - Daffynitions joe-ks.com

Sleep is so cute when it tries to compete with the internet. - Will Ferrell

The Internet is a telephone system that's gotten uppity. - Clifford Stoll

Iconomic: Making do with fewer icons on your computer desktop - Daffynitions joe-ks.com

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

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

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

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

Keyboard Plaque: The disgusting buildup of dirt and crud found on computer keyboards - Daffynitions joe-ks.com

I almost sent you a real birthday card but thankfully my internet connection came back. - Unknown

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

Bookie: 1. A fellow who makes his living off bet bugs; 2. A pickpocket who lets you use your own hands. - Daffynitions joe-ks.com

The Internet is so big, so powerful and pointless that for some people it is a complete substitute for life. - Andrew Brown

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

Just as we could have rode into the sunset, along came the Internet, and it tripled the significance of the PC. - Andy Grove

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

Antelope: 1. Why Grandpa won't forgive Uncle; 2. Event involving two bugs who fall in love and run away together. - Daffynitions joe-ks.com

If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25 cars that got 2,000 MPG. - Bill Gates

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

The protean nature of the computer is such that it can act like a machine or like a language to be shaped and exploited. - Alan Kay

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

The Internet is the most important single development in the history of human communication since the invention of call waiting. - Dave Barry

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

Boat Anchor: 1. Thrown out when you need it, and taken in when you don't; 2. An old computer so useless that it needs to go to sea. - Daffynitions joe-ks.com

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

Cell phones, mobile e-mail, and all the other cool and slick gadgets can cause massive losses in our creative output and overall productivity. - Robin S Sharma

Making duplicate copies and computer printouts of things no one wanted even one of in the first place is giving America a new sense of purpose. - Andy Rooney


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