The Origins of Error

How does any super-villain get their name? A foundational event, of course.

Like any good mythos.

At first, software developers started writing code. Their code ran on gigantic slow computers made of relays that were housed in buildings and required dedicated power plants to run them. They also had less processing power than the usual calculator watch you buy for ten bucks. And then the first bug happened. A moth flew into the computer, then crossed the contacts in a relay when it switched, getting squished in between, and preventing the current from flowing. The first bug was actually a moth, a kind of bug.

This wouldn’t be the end of it.


Philosophical disagreement: The first historical bug was a citron, not an insect. Yeah, lemons were more or less the first bug ever thrown 😉

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