Friday, September 29, 2006

A real Bug

On 9th September 1947 the operators of the Mark II Aiken Relay Calculator found that a Moth trapped in a relay was causing the computer to malfunction. It was the first reported case of a computer bug.

Although we are now used to use the word bug (thanks to some big companies) exclusively for software bugs, this picture shows that real bugs do still exist.

Some people discarded the explanation of being a 1mm long thrip trapped in the scanner, saying that it's just a cover-up and that actually there is a 50-meter insect wandering through Germany. See that for yourself

Other interesting things can also be seen using Google-Maps, try zooming in 23°10'33.68"N 82°12'51.58"W or in 53°32'19.41"N 1°20'47.87"W

For other cool stuff you can visit this blog and the FARK forum.

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