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Re: potato bugs...(ugh)

from the secret journal of Oliver Elphick (olly@lfix.co.uk):
> As I understand it, program bugs are so called because one of the very
> first computer errors was caused by an insect getting into the circuitry.
> Understandably, the computer builders weren't all that well instructed in
> entomology.  I don't know if the exact species of the offending creature
> was ever recorded.

As I remember from Steven Levey's Hackers, it was a moth trying to mate with
a vacuum tube. And I doubt it was one of the very first 'bugs'.

Jacob Kuntz
Technology Director
The Real Estate Company

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