Just So You’ll Know

The history teacher in me caught hold of this post from Next Web.  I never do get all that deep into my RSS reader.  Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten captured the information from a Neatorama post, The Wonderful World of Early Computing.  What drew Zanten’s attention was the first computer bug.

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Apparently we call them bugs because Grace Hopper found the first computer “bug”: a moth stuck between the relays on the Harvard Mark II on September 9, 1945. These early computers were attracting lost of moths who got stuck between the light-bulbs inside the machines. At times there were so many relays malfunctioning that they had a fill time bulb changer working to fix find all the ‘Bugs’ stuck between relays.

Read the Next Web post to learn more about Hoper and the Early Computing post for a lot of information about the early days.

I must confess that I miss talking about abacuses and Jacquard’s Loom in computer literacy.

It seems that Grace Hoper is also credited with coining the phrase…

It is easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission.

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Author: David Warlick

David Warlick has been an educator for the past 40+ years. He continues to do some writing, but is mostly seeking his next intersect between play, passion and purpose, dabbling in photography, drone videography and music production.