Quoting from Bob Cringley’s post:
“Once you have built your sportplane,” wrote the editor, identified only as Andy, “it must be test flown. If you have already taken flying lessons, you can hop it yourself — if not, entrust the job to a competent pilot. He’ll put it through its paces and find out if there are any ‘bugs’ that need correcting before the plane goes into active service.”
So much for Grace Hopper’s version of the story.
It turns out that “bug” was a common term for hardware glitches and dates back to the 19th century and possibly before. Edison used the term in a letter he wrote in 1878. This is no earthshaking news, of course, but simply reminds me how self-centered we are as an industry and there really isn’t much that’s truly new.
He’s referring to the computer industry (and by reference to the software industry) in the last sentence. Hilarious, but true. We really are self-centered. We also think we can solve most problems using software.