You’re correct. Yes, I was aware of Ada Lovelace, but what fascinated me about this is that it was the first working computer program that was used.
Nobody heralds it. I mean people herald efforts even before Ada Lovelace; the predecessors of Babbage were programmable knitting machines and the like fed by paper-tape.
But here’s the first program of our era that was used. There’s no mysterious mythological mechanical beast of a machine to inspire our imaginations about the forward thinking man who never completed his work and his beautiful programmer friend.
Rather, it’s just a simple program that did something that’s in a DIRECT LINE to us today. No gap. Part of the same lineage.
that’s what makes this stand out for me.