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Comments, Queries, and Debate: The Final Word on "The Bug"

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000129746D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Sep-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Oct-07
Document File: 1 page(s) / 13K

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Software Patent Institute

Related People

Jon Eklund: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

National Museum of American History Smithsonian Institution Washington, D.C 20560 USA

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Copyright ©; 1992 by the American Federation of Information Processing Societies, Inc. Used with permission.

Comments, Queries, and Debate: The Final Word on "The Bug"

Jon Eklund

National Museum of American History Smithsonian Institution Washington, D.C 20560 USA

Jon Eklund, of the National Museum of American History (NMAH), Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., has written to clear up the problems concerning the machine, and the date on which the famous Grace Hopper bug was found. The NMAH has the famous logbook in its collections and is now taking steps in an attempt to preserve this famous bit of our history. >!-- /wkABS-->

Dear Dr. Lee: Until your messages reached me last week I hadn't realized that there were misconceptions about the logbook and the bug. I agree with you that they should be cleared up and I hope the following will do the job.

The date of the bug entry is September 9,1947, as recorded on page 92 of the log book. This is unproblematic, since the logbook is complete and chronological from 6/5/47 (though they didn't necessarily do runs every day). There are no entries either on the front cover or inside it. The book is a garden-variety, off-the-shelf Harvard Coop production. The only writing on the cover is "Daily Log Book -- Mark II" in faded red pencil.

The bug entry states the time as "15:45." The previous entry is "15:25" and says "Started Mult + Adder Test." Following the...