From Whence Came the Term 'Bug?' You'll Be Surprised, Too
These photos and text excerpts are from the U.S. Navy website (public domain content)
Commodore Grace M. Hopper, USNR,
Special Assistant to the Commander, Naval Data Automation Command.
Speaking during groundbreaking ceremonies for the Grace M. Hopper Regional Data Automation Center, at Naval Air Station, North Island, California, 27 September 1985.
Photographed by PH2 Michael Flynn.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph, NHHC.
The First "Computer Bug"
Moth found trapped between points at Relay # 70, Panel F, of the Mark II Aiken Relay Calculator while it was being tested at Harvard University, 9 September 1947. The operators affixed the moth to the computer log, with the entry: "First actual case of bug being found". They put out the word that they had "debugged" the machine.
In 1988, the log, with the moth still taped by the entry, was in the Naval Surface Warfare Center Computer Museum at Dahlgren, Virginia.
Courtesy of the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren, VA., 1988.
Posted August 29, 2013
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