Bug Character in Computer Adventures | World Anvil


Every software engineer has encountered his little guy. He pops his head around whenever an error occurs or the program isn't behaving like expected. Of course, Bug never means ill... but he does like to cause chaos and bring headaches to his favourite people which is why he loves to hang around projects and be a "helping hand".  

I know, most people don't really like it when they find me hiding in their software, but really I'm here to help! I can teach you many things too, especially things you should do to avoid me.

Oh, and why do I actually look like a bug? Well... funny story...



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The First Computer Bug by Courtesy of the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren, VA., 1988., Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
The very first computer related bug dates back to 1947. At Harvard University, people were working on one of the first computers, the Harvard Mark II and Mark III performing calculations. These computers primarily consisted of circuit boards with components soldered directly onto them.   One day, the computer was malfunctioning — the output of the calculation they had started did not match the expected result. After a couple hours of searching and looking through the machine, one engineer found the culprit. A moth had managed to fly into the computer and decided that it was a good spot to chill for a while. Unbeknownst to the moth, it had chosen a seating spot where electricity would flow through the metal points.   While the charge wasn't all that much, it was enough to fry the moth to bits. Now unable to move, the two metal points were still connected through the moth which short-circuited the system leading to the wrong result.  
Rest in Peace, little Moth.
Thanks to you, the term bug has stuck to refer to errors thrown by software or hardware or them not behaving as expected.


  Current Location

In a dark corner of new and old software

  Favourite Joke

99 little bugs in the code, 99 little bugs, you take one down and patch it around, 125 little bugs in the code.



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Dec 29, 2023 14:59 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

RIP moth. I love Bug. They are just trying to help.

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Jan 1, 2024 12:26

I know right! They're so misunderstood by people. :<

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Dec 29, 2023 17:02 by Elspeth

Poor little Moth. But what a legacy!

Jan 25, 2024 10:28

It's surprising what such a small creature and action can do, and how long it resonates in the future. ^^

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Jan 9, 2024 02:52 by Han

thank you for putting the spoiler on the moth ;w; I find it very funny that I'm reading this whilst grumbling at a software bug, though!

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Jan 25, 2024 10:30

Of course! I was also writing this article while milling over a bug I found, so I feel you. xD

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Jan 23, 2024 22:54 by Solomon Weatherby

I was giggling the whole time I was reading this especially knowing the fact that I understand this article on a personal note since I have my BA in Computer Science lmaoo. Anyways, great article shows me how we can all have a little fun writing them doesn't have to always be serious!

Jan 25, 2024 10:31

Sometimes, you just need to give something a positive and fun spin to get the information across. No one can stay mad at Bug now. x3 (Well, at least not this one ^^)

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Jan 27, 2024 15:01

I love Bug! They are so cute, but I'd appreciate if they'd showed up a tiny bit less while I'm at work :D

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Jan 28, 2024 15:51

Thank youu! <3 But I feel you, it'd be nice if Bug wouldn't appear as often during work.. although, you could blame the devs for not making good code :P

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Jan 28, 2024 16:17

Hey! I am the dev and my code is good! I blame the testers for scaring bug out of his favourite hiding spots!

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