Apr 142006
 

Most people have probably heard jokes about debugging computers. The modern term refers to removing accidental mistakes made during the programming process. Historically, insects were actually found inside computers. The first recorded incident was a moth that shorted a vacuum tube. Unforunately, it can still happen in the literal sense if you’re not careful.

Most modern computers require high speed fans to cool the complicated, power-hungry components. Some reach speeds of 15,000rpm, which is pretty dangerous if anything is caught by the blades. I just witnessed some small insects being sucked into, chopped up and spit out by these high speed fans. It’s very strange to see insect parts spewed into the inside of a computer case, with some pieces stuck to the sides. I never thought about computers collecting things other than dust.

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