Monday, February 10, 2014 1:21:05 AM
The blather about "first computer programmer!" particularly grates on me because it ignores the genuinely impressive thing about her work and replaces it with something that is both relatively trivial and completely untrue.
She was rather weird, though, describing herself as superhuman and opining that it was a good thing for the world that she didn't have any ambition to gain temporal power. She also referred to herself as a fairy. Perhaps she really believed she was a fairy, supernatural and superhuman. Or maybe it was just that she wrote silly things when she was drugged up. She used opium and alcohol pretty heavily, apparently.
Monday, February 10, 2014 1:07:46 AM
Bah, cut off by the fake character count again.
Wrong name of the machine.
Wrong name of the woman who talked with Babbage about the machine and the general topic of programmable computers after he'd invented it (`Lovelace` was part of her title, not her name).
Wrong about the first person to write a computer program - that was of course Babbage. The program (more accurately, algorithm for a program) on which the incorrect claim is based was written by Ada, Countess of Lovelace but it wasn`t the first one written. It wasn`t even the first one written by her. It wasn`t even the first version of that particular program (Babbage wrote the first version).
There`s a lot of things people get wrong about the subject, but that video is so bad that I hope it`s meant as a joke.
The uploader has labelled it an analytical engine, but that's wrong. The video itself, which the uploader didn`t make and apparently didn`t watch, correctly states that it`s a difference engine (at ~2:40). Also look at ~3:35, when one of the presenters is talking about a small experimental piece of a part of the analytical engine, which is the only piece ever constructed. As I said before, "Only a small part of the CPU was built (by one of his sons, much later)."
Monday, February 10, 2014 12:42:15 AM
@ Angilion ~ For something that has "never been built" there sure were a lot of them built.
Just google "Babbage's Analytical Engine" and you can even see videos of one in operation.
No, you can`t. There might be some mislabelled videos around, but that`s not the same thing.
Babbage`s difference engine has been built a number of times in recent years, but his analytical engine has never been built. His difference engine is a calculator. His analytical engine is a computer. Different thing entirely. If you read up on it a bit, you`d never mistake the two. The difference engine was the size of a chest of drawers and could be powered by hand. The analytical engine was the size of a large room and required a steam engine.