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Re: [opensuse] Re: Creating a swap file
  • From: "John E. Perry" <j.e.perry@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 15 Jan 2007 20:50:28 -0500
  • Message-id: <45AC2F64.6050101@xxxxxxx>
Joachim Schrod wrote:
> Hans Witvliet wrote:
>> And btw, "B" is for bytes (octets) and "b" for bits
>> The term "Byte" comes from by-eight.
> Do your have any reference for that?
> A byte is the basic addressing unit of memory, that's all.

Well, my instructors in the early '70's told me that a byte was
analogous to "bite" -- not the smallest "bit" accessible, but smaller
than the full-size "word" of most architectures of the time. And some
architectures do allow you direct access to a bit.

bit: smallest piece
bite or byte: manageable chunk to chew on
steak or word: full-size portion

(the culinary examples are my own)


John Perry
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