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March 23, 2009 AT 11:57 pm

Tuesday 24th March is Ada Lovelace day Ladyada day! Get 10% off “ladyada” electronic kits!

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Today is Ada Lovelace Day, organized by Suw Charman-Anderson.

Here’s what Suw had to say…

Ada Lovelace Day is an international day of blogging to draw attention to women excelling in technology. Women’s contributions often go unacknowledged, their innovations seldom mentioned, their faces rarely recognised. We want you to tell the world about these unsung heroines. Whatever she does, whether she is a sysadmin or a tech entrepreneur, a programmer or a designer, developing software or hardware, a tech journalist or a tech consultant, we want to celebrate her achievements.

Who is Ada Lovelace (also known as Ladyada)?

Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace was born on 10th December 1815, the only child of Lord Byron and his wife, Annabella. Born Augusta Ada Byron, but now known simply as Ada Lovelace, she wrote the world’s first computer programmes for the Analytical Engine, a general-purpose machine that Charles Babbage had invented.

Ada had been taught mathematics from a very young age by her mother and met Babbage in 1833. Ten years later she translated Luigi Menabrea’s memoir on Babbage’s Analytical Engine, appending notes that included a method for calculating Bernoulli numbers with the machine – the first computer programme. The calculations were never carried out, as the machine was never built. She also wrote the very first description of a computer and of software.

Understanding that computers could do a lot more than just crunch numbers, Ada suggested that the Analytical Engine “might compose elaborate and scientific pieces of music of any degree of complexity or extent.” She never had the chance to fully explore the possibilities of either Babbage’s inventions or her own understanding of computing. She died, aged only 36, on 27th November 1852, of cancer and bloodletting by her physicians.

Ladyada is also the name of Limor Fried, the engineer around these parts… so in celebration of Ladyada day, we are having a sale!

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3 Comments

  1. Bert Vermeulen

    Looks like that discount code isn’t working… it says it’s expired.

  2. fixed!

  3. There need to be more woman into technology. in my workplace alternate viewpoints are extremely valuable, and woman seem to be able to think outside the box more easily then men.. Keep it up Ada.

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