Female Role Models (was: Favorite NON-fiction)

Mon Feb 3 03:52:43 PST 2003

I stand corrected.

-----Original Message-----
From: David Silberstein [mailto:davids at kithrup.com] 
Sent: 02 February 2003 08:42
To: Draegara List
Subject: RE: Female Role Models (was: Favorite NON-fiction)

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.)