NeoBytes :) First computer 'bug' found 67 years ago

How many times have you spent hours pouring over code, looking for a bug that you just couldn't find? How many times was the problem caused by an actual insect? We're guessing that answer is never.

Sixty-seven years ago today, Grace Hopper was credited with discovering the first computer bug. While working on the Harvard Mark II electromechanical computer, the team couldn't figure out why things weren't working properly. After digging into the guts of the machine, they found an actual moth stuck between panel F and relay #70 (you know where that is, right?). The team carefully removed the winged insect and taped it into their log book, and the remains can still be seen at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C..

So everyone pull out your fly swatter and honor Grace Hopper by squashing a bug of your own today!

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She was one heck of a lady. I remember watching her on 60 minutes back in the early 80's and she had a piece of wire, when asked, she said someone asked her how far electricity would flow in a nanosecond, she calculated it would go 11.8 inches. For years, she handed out nanoseconds to students etc as a way to explain things that to most people were unexplainable. When asked about a microsecond, she had a wire bundle 900+ feet long LOL.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?f..._embedded&v=JEpsKnWZrJ8

I am proud to say that I once shook that hand of Admiral Grace Hopper. The same hand, I imagine, that pulled that bug from the relay. I introduced myself during a layover at Washington National (as it was then) Airport.

Worked on a PC that the guys described as a "cockroach farm" for obvious reasons. And there was this one time a customer claimed his pc wasn't turning on, we figured the small half burnt lizard in his power supply had something to do with it.

cut said,
Intresting. Now we know why they are called bugs.

Actually this story is well know for years...
I remember that when I was in High School, around 1995, one of my informatic's class teacher told us about this story

Aergan said,
Thunder flies (thirps) have claimed many an LCD panel at home and work.

Normally they crawl out, if they don't then tapping the screen often shifts them down.

Enron said,
So does this mean someone actually got sick from the first computer virus?
Not a virus. Virus and bug are totally different things.

gzAsher said,
Not a virus. Virus and bug are totally different things.

no ****, that's not what they sais was it!