Friday Computer Trivia Answer

Earlier we had a contest. Many answers of part one of the contest, On May 13th the posting about increasing the processing speed using RAID drives.

Link to Post “Speeding Things Up

A side note, we have just tested out the use of Solid State Drives (SSDs) and the performance over the high speed hard disks drives seem to have improved. A a good thing about this is that power consumption is quite a bit less and heat inside the PC case is quite a bit lower so you can have more SSDs in a RAID configuration without having to add more cooling to the PC case.

But no one answered how Lord Byron contributed to modern computing.

So here’s the answer in brief.

Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace (10 December 1815 – 27 November 1852), born Augusta Ada Byron and now commonly known as Ada Lovelace, was an English mathematician and writer chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage‘s early mechanical general-purpose computer, the analytical engine. Her notes on the engine include what is recognised as the first algorithm intended to be processed by a machine; thanks to this, she is sometimes considered the world’s first computer programmer.[1][2]

Ada was the only legitimate child of the poet Lord Byron (with Anne Isabella Milbanke, 11th Baroness Wentworth). She had no relationship with her father, who died when she was nine. As a young adult, she took an interest in mathematics, and in particular Babbage’s work on the analytical engine. Between 1842 and 1843, she translated an article by Italian mathematician Luigi Menabrea on the engine, which she supplemented with a set of notes of her own. These notes contain what is considered the first computer program — that is, an algorithm encoded for processing by a machine. Ada’s notes are important in the early history of computers. She also foresaw the capability of computers to go beyond mere calculating or number-crunching while others, including Babbage himself, focused only on these capabilities.[3]


Here is a link to a really interesting youtube video of Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine


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