On Bug and Bugs #socs

Today’s prompt, “bug,” made me think of the TV show Crossing Jordan, where one of the characters, Dr. Mahesh Vijayaraghavensatanaryanamurthy, was called Bug. With a name like Vijayaraghavensatanaryanamurthy, I’d probably call him Bug, too. Why did they call him that? Because he liked bugs. A lot of the stories had him using bugs to determine when someone died.

Ravi Kapoor as “Bug,” from the show Crossing Jordan (source: IMDb.com)

I always thought that Crossing Jordan left way too many loose ends when the series ended. It was a good show with a stellar cast, the episodes were well-written, it could be very funny, but it always seemed like when they didn’t know how to resolve something (e.g. the mystery surrounding Jordan’s mother’s death), they just left it hanging. Maybe if the show had continued they would have resolved them, but alas, they didn’t. Oh well.

A bug is also a problem with software. If you expect that filling in a screen and pressing a button will take you to another screen, and instead it causes your device to shut down or the wrong screen to show up, that’s a bug. Software is typically full of bugs, but you might never see them. They might affect a single program behind a screen that you never use, or might only make their presence known under certain conditions. Which is why, when you report a bug to a software developer, they ask for what you were doing when you encountered it, and also ask for the software environment you were running under and even what device you were using. It might be specific to a specific device, release of the operating system, browser etc.

I worked with someone to whom I would take any software I developed for her to try out. She was especially good to work with, because any time I thought my code was flawless, she could break it, sometimes in spectacular fashion. She’d find the one weak spot in the code, even though she really wsn’t trying, and while she could explain what she did, she had no idea why it broke. People like that are fantastic.


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14 thoughts on “On Bug and Bugs #socs

  1. I never watched the show but with a name that long I’d want a nickname, as well. Don’t like computer bugs and I can usually clean up after them, however, had to dump a desktop several years ago that got taken over by a virus. I have a backup laptop that I don’t sync with my other computers just in case. Also, have a virus program installed (for what that’s worth).

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    1. Norton Ghost will take a snapshot of your hard drive so that you can restore the hard drive if a virus takes over. Always good to back up regularly, just in case…

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  2. We had bugs on our computer..laptop that is now gone to laptop heaven..or hell however one wants to put it. I never watched Crossing Jordan.

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  3. I’ve never seen that show. That’s probably the longest surname I’ve ever heard! I’m impressed with anyone who can de-bug software, I haven’t a clue what I’m doing most of the time.

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    1. Debugging is generally learned “on the job,” typically trying to figure what another programmer did to cause the error. If you’re lucky, the programmer still works there, but most of the time you’re on you’re own.

      I’ve seen Indian surnames that were longer. No kidding.

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  4. Oh, my, yes, I’d call that doctor a short name like ‘bug’ too! I’m like that with computers, I always find something that doesn’t work right, but I have no idea what I did or how to fix it. Fun post, John, hope you have a great weekend!

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