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Here you will find eight (8) configurations for an item knows as a Computer Bug. Each of these is mounted on a wood platform. Items 1-3 and 6-8 are made from a 74C245 digital I/O chip. All but #4  are equipped with antennae (for sniffing out software locations). 1-3 and 6-8 also are equipped with a non-operational LED for a tail (for finding dark code).  All are equipped with goggle eyes (for finding open code), and several of the 8 apparently can cause hairy problems.  Bug #4 is a real hot item made from a heatsink and just waiting to burn up code. Bug #5 is made from a Chips and Technology motherboard chip. #5 is larger than the rest because it can cause big trouble. Each item shipped will be very similar to those pictured, and includes a small gift container with a lid. Please make a choice from the Options List so that we will know which item to ship to you.


History: The term Computer Bug was coined by Grace Hopper when she served in the U.S. Navy as a computer operator/specialist working on one of the first large scale computers. These early computers were gigantic in size and operated with electronic components called Vacuum Tubes. A vacuum tube is a sealed chamber without air containing a heated filament (source of electrons), a grid (a control element), and a Plate (the attracction for the electrons). The Plate is ususlly connected to a high voltage source such as 250 VDC. When the grid is set to allow electrons to pass through it, the tube conducts electricity and is therefore in the ON position. If anything should cause a short circuit under the tube base where the wires are attached, the tube will fail to operate. While troubleshooting a computer failure, Grace Hopper found a moth that got attracted to the heat of the filament under the tube base, got fried by the high voltage, and thereby caused a short circuit. When she discovered it, she said, "I found the problem! It was a bug!" Hence, the term "Computer Bug" was coined.

Computer Bug

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