Saturday, January 7, 2012

Why computer errors are referred as bugs?

Bug: A computer bug is an error or defect in computer hardware or software that causes the computer or the computer program to malfunction. 

A moth (Bug) 
Do you know why defects in computer hardware/software are called as "Bug"? 
Here goes the answer 
The first computer bug is said to have been a moth that was found squashed between the points of an electromechanical relay in the Mark II computer in 1945. This moth caused the entire computer to shut down. When the moth was removed, it was affixed to the computer's log with a scribbled note that read, "First actual case of bug being found." When the computer operators removed the moth, they claimed to have "debugged" the computer, thus introducing the term "debugging a computer program." 

From then onwards, all software programming defects are also termed as "Bugs" 
By the way, this first bug is now housed in the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian. 

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