The Original Computer Bug was a Real Bug!

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The Original Computer Bug was a Real Bug!

Griffin K.

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Sometimes our computer has a bug, this means there’s some sort of glitch or error in the system, it can be annoying and problematic. The term computer bug has been used for so long, ever wonder where it actually came from?  Around 1943 the first computer was created, two years later in 1945 the world experienced the first computer bug.

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Back then computers weren’t laptops or our average P.Cs. Around that time computers were the same size as a building. In Harvard there was one of these giant computers that ran some of the functions and calculated data at the campus. The computer was not programmed with java script, or python, or even binary. The computer was programmed with a piece of paper that contained a series of patterns that told the computer how to function, the computer would stamp the card like a ticket.

 

One day after imputing another card the computer started working but didn’t do what it was supposed to do. The card was checked over twice to make sure the pattern was correct and then they tried again. The computer responded with a new sheet of paper, usually when the computer did this it was to report that a task was complete or to get an answer for a problem. This time the report was all messed up, the pattern was unreadable and clearly something was wrong. Remember how computers were the size of a building back then? Well some technicians actually opened the computer up and looked inside to see what was wrong. Inside the computer there was a small moth which was eating some of the wires! The moth was the main cause of what was going wrong with the computer.

 

The term computer bug comes from the actual bug that was inside the computer, so if your computer has a bug remember that the first computer bug was an actual bug!

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Griffin K., Newspaper Technician/Video Editor

Hi, I'm Griffin, I put together some of the videos on the newspaper and I also help if there is a problem with the website. I like to travel, go skiing,...

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