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Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace (née Byron; 10 December 1815 – 27 November 1852) [^]
In almost every computation a great variety of arrangements for the succession of the processes is possible, and various considerations must influence the selections amongst them for the purposes of a calculating engine. One essential object is to choose that arrangement which shall tend to reduce to a minimum the time necessary for completing the calculation.
Many persons who are not conversant with mathematical studies imagine that because the business of [Babbage’s Analytical Engine] is to give its results in numerical notation, the nature of its processes must consequently be arithmetical and numerical, rather than algebraical and analytical. This is an error. The engine can arrange and combine its numerical quantities exactly as if they were letters or any other general symbols; and in fact it might bring out its results in algebraical notation, were provisions made accordingly.
The Analytical Engine might act upon other things besides number, were objects found whose mutual fundamental relations could be expressed by those of the abstract science of operations, and which should be also susceptible of adaptations to the action of the operating notation and mechanism of the engine… Supposing, for instance, that the fundamental relations of pitched sounds in the science of harmony and of musical composition were susceptible of such expression and adaptations, the engine might compose elaborate and scientific pieces of music of any degree of complexity or extent.
«One day it will have to be officially admitted that what we have christened reality is an even greater illusion than the world of dreams.» Salvador Dali
Long ago, for an Air Force base not too far away, I helped develop a simulation of the F-16 STOL Maneuverability and Technology Demonstrator aircraft flight control system in the language that bears her name, Ada. I also wrote a white paper for a research effort entitled Automated Verification and Validation Test Case Generation for Ada. Very interesing stuff, in both cases.
To muse on what she might have accomplished had she been of our time...
"I intend to live forever - so far, so good." Steven Wright
"I almost had a psychic girlfriend but she left me before we met." Also Steven Wright
"I'm addicted to placebos. I could quit, but it wouldn't matter." Steven Wright yet again.
Some robots in the industry still use a derivate of hyperterminal (connect, transfer program, backups, some management functions and the possibility to execute things per command line)
If something has a solution... Why do we have to worry about?. If it has no solution... For what reason do we have to worry about?
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Ah, fond memories of reading the caller id data from a pbx serial port! I actually made a nice little phone log application out of it, tracking the call activity of a dozen or so collectors. I gave it away and let the owner eventually make some money from it.