"It's Not a Bug, It's a Feature"
jester at PANIX.COM
Thu Nov 6 20:51:24 UTC 2003
On Thu, Nov 06, 2003 at 12:12:08PM -0500, Fred Shapiro wrote:
> I'm trying to trace the earliest usage of the computer saying "It's not a
> bug, it's a feature." The earliest on Gooja is Jan. 25, 1983. The
> earliest on Nexis is Mar. 21, 1985 for a wire service story and July 1989
> for a print publication. Can anyone supply earlier evidence (pre-July
> 1989 in print or pre-Jan. 25, 1983 for any kind of source)?
1981 _CoEvolution Quarterly_ (Spring) 30/1 Feature...See BUG. "That's
not a bug, that's a feature!" A bug can be changed to a feature by
This is, to my knowledge, the earliest published version of the
Jargon File, which was later published as the Hacker's Dictionary
in various slightly varying names and editions.
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