Geek Fact for January 1st

In 1992, computer scientist Admiral Grace Murray Hopper died.

Born December 9th, 1906, perhaps her best-known contribution to computing was the invention of the compiler, the intermediate program that translates English language instructions into the language of the target computer.

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In 2000, the world survived the Y2K bug.

After years of preparation for Y2K, only minor computer-related problems were reported – a problem with Hotmail, with a nuclear power plant in Japan and with apartment heating in Korea.

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