Female Role Models (was: Favorite NON-fiction)

David Silberstein davids at kithrup.com
Sun Feb 2 00:42:05 PST 2003

On Sun, 2 Feb 2003, Mark Tiller wrote:

>She also found a moth that was stuck in a relay (or maybe a valve) that
>was causing the computer to produce errors, thus coining the term "Bug"
>to describe a computer problem.  The moth was taped to a sheet of paper
>along with a brief description.  It's available on the net somewhere, so
>you can see a picture of the original computer bug :-)

I'm sure that she didn't *coin* the word "bug" to describe a computer
problem, since the word "bug" to describe a problem had already
existed for a long time...

See also:


   The text of the log entry (from September 9, 1947), reads "1545
   Relay #70 Panel F (moth) in relay. First actual case of bug being
   found". This wording establishes that the term was already in use
   at the time in its current specific sense -- and Hopper herself
   reports that the term 'bug' was regularly applied to problems in
   radar electronics during WWII. 

And also:


(which includes links to the actual picture of the logbook, by the

Which does not dispute anything else about her, and indeed confirms
much of it.

  (I am *NOT* Dr. Whom, Consulting Linguist, Grammarian, Orthoepist
   & Philological Busybody, but I am occasionally a reasonable
   facsimile thereof whilst the Good Doctor is absent.)