Removed caption read: Photo # NH 96566-KB First Computer “Bug”, 1945. This is a file from the Wikimedia Commons.

I was writing a script in Photoshop to automatically re size photos and convert from RGB to CMYK (because that is some of what I do here at ChemTec), when after a few went through it stopped working. There must be a “Bug” in the program. Well, that got me thinking of how that expression started.  I did a hit for “debug the program” and came up with:

The First “Computer Bug”Moth found trapped between points at Relay #70, Panel F, of the Mark II Aiken Relay Calculator while was being tested at Harvard University, 9 September 1945. The operators affixed the moth to the computer log, with the entry: “First actual case of bug being found.” They put out the word that they had “debugged” the machine, thus introducing the term, “debugging a computer program.” In 1988, the log with the moth still taped by the entry, was in the Navel Surface Warfare Center Computer Museum at Dahlgren,Virginia.

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