Bugs, Bugs, Glorious Bugs

The computers of yesteryear were enormous, complicated beasts, filling entire rooms with delicate electronics and whirring tape drives. Renowned computer scientist Grace Hopper, on retrieving a moth from a relay in one such giant, taped the offending insect into her log book and remarked that she had found a "bug" in the computer. Well, computers may have changed a lot since the 1940s, but some of the terminology hasn't. Whether it's as major as a program crashing or freezing or as minor as a missing icon, any problem that you find with a piece of software is still referred to as a bug.

You've almost certainly come across a bug before—no software, whether commercial or open source, is ever perfect. The difference with ...

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