017. file:babbage difference engine (counter detail – rear side)jpg. today\u0027s geniacs and maniacs might be called babbages if an englishman named charles babbage hadn\u0027t had money problems. manually cranking the babbage difference engine to achieve the lightning machine speed of around one cycle per second! the machine is an amazing example of . this is an encryption device commonly referred to as an enigma the enigma was a rotor-based code machine used by various branches of the german military . babbage-creation. trial portion of the difference engine no 1, completed 1832. supercomputers.