14067Re: [midatlanticretro] PC Authority / Slashdot old computer coverage...
- Sep 1, 2009Nobody denies there WAS a literal bug in the computer. The problem is
she's widely and falsely credited with coining the term itself, despite
the term going back to the 1800s.
> One of my history books has a picture of the Mark I logbook with the
> moth taped to the page but I can't find it right now. However, the story
> is directly attributed to Hopper in Portraits In Silicon, Slater, p.223.
> Grace Hopper was instrumental in the creation of the first compiler
> (A-0) for the UNIVAC I. This was long before FORTRAN. She just about
> invented high-level languages. She was a member of the committee that
> defined COBOL. Whether she coined the term "bug" as related to a defect
> in a computer program is open to discussion but she was willing to
> accept it.
> evan@... wrote:
>> >>> working for Grace Hopper on that project.
>> Oy ... Grace Hopper and her stories again ...
>> Hopper was a decent computer scientist and had much to do with getting
>> COBOL started. That's it.
>> Last year I was at Infoage one day and some visitor INSISTED that Hopper
>> really did "discover" the "first bug".
>> What actually happened is that Hopper JOKED about her techs finding a
>> real bug inside a computer, and a bunch of people including media took
>> it seriously. "Bug" was used since Thomas Edison's day.
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