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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Tech History: How the term 'debug' came about

Today, the term 'debug' means to identify software or hardware errors. But why the word 'debug' and what do bugs have to do with computers anyways?

Well, history shows what really happened.

Back in Sept 1947 the US Navy was testing it's newly built Mark II Aiken Relay Calculator for ballistic tables. Located at Harvard University, this electromechanical computer was nothing to what we use today. The machine was over 20ft in length and wieghed over 5tons.

Both Mr Howard Aiken and Mrs Grace Hopper were working on the machine when she found a moth stuck in one of the relays, impeding the operation of the machine.

So now you know "the rest of the story" ;-)
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