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Your Scheduled Dose of Geek History

Kids educational website BrainPOP have a great animated short celebrating the life of a historical figure who was English nobility, a child of Lord Byron, a friend of Charles Babbage, a mathematician, the first programmer, and a woman.

Pay attention, Computer Engineer Barbie.  This is Ada Lovelace.  Programmer of the old school.  Yeah, back when it took a room of clockwork to add and subtract.  Back when using punch cards was the next big innovation.  Respect.

Sock it to ’em, Ada!

(via Boing Boing.)

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