Month: December 2014

On Computer Bugs

Little-known (and apocryphal) trivia: The first recorded computer “bug” was a processing error caused by a dead moth that had been caught inside a relay, blocking the switch.

The insect existed, and in point of fact has been preserved as part of the collection at the National Museum of American History, but the term “bug” was in common use for many years before the moth was found in 1946. Here are some other bugs that have been found and preserved as a part of my own collection:


Heisenbug: Only materializes when you’re not looking for it, but is impossible to recreate under observation. (more…)