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Re: [opensuse] Re: Creating a swap file
  • From: "Theo v. Werkhoven" <theo@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 20 Jan 2007 11:26:32 +0100
  • Message-id: <20070120102632.GA13187@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Mon, 15 Jan 2007, by mgnoble@xxxxxxxxx:

> On Monday 15 January 2007 17:50, John E. Perry wrote:
> > 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.

Why only some?
Aren't shift- and logical operations part of all CPU architectures?

> >
> > 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
>
> bit - individual binary number 1 or 0

Nybble - half a byte.

> byte - 8 bits
> word - depends on the processor 16, 32 or 64 bits
>
> Mike

Theo
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