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In 1945 a lady by the name of Grace Hopper was working on a Mark II Aiken Relay Calculator (a stone age computer). The Mark II actually employed mechanical relays to simulate circuits. She was experiencing problems with a run and her subsequent investigation revealed that a moth (yes, moth as in flying bug) had become jammed in one of the mechanical relays. Hence the term “bug†emerged and we’re still using it today. This is another good reason why we should all clean our computer cases from time to time.

Hopper also pioneered the COBOL programming language and was the first female to become an admiral in the US Navy.

I wonder how many of us here at Overclock.Net ever heard of COBOL, much less coded a COBOL program. Ok, I’ll reveal my age and raise my hand!
    
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IDENTIFICATION DIVISION.

PROGRAM-ID. COBOL-PRGM.
AUTHOR. ADROHAK.

I experimented with COBOL a little bit before I learned C.
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I learned a little COBOL from my dad as a kid...punch-cards were much more fun than floppy disks or CD's...

I still have one of those card extractors...great for cutting pizza or popping open car door locks!
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yeah, heard about the story...
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post #5 of 17
We still have more COBOL programs used to create production reports than I can count.
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heh... im reading a microprograming text book from 1978 and theres COBOL all over it, along with ALGOL 60 and 68, APL, BASIC, FORTRAN, LISP, PASCAL, RPG, SNOBOL4 and others...

any way i thought the moth got stuck in the tape drive
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post #7 of 17
Well-l-l , I actually coded punch cards in Fortran (in college) for an earthworks program...COBOL was still in the futre..hmmm
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hahaha, i didn't actually know that the "bugs" had anything to do with a old story with a lady and her bugs!!
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post #9 of 17
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True story. Check it out. Very interesting that an old woman like Grace Hopper led the way for some foundational work in computers.
    
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post #10 of 17
Hehe, I have a friend with a fried modem because a moth got inside his computer.
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