2.8M 3.5" floppy (was: three and a quarter inch floppy?

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Sun Mar 13 07:04:04 CST 2005


On Sun, 13 Mar 2005 07:42:04 -0500, Joe R. <rigdonj at cfl.rr.com> wrote:
> At 02:18 AM 3/13/05 +0000, you wrote:
> >On Thu, 10 Mar 2005 17:26:45 -0800 (PST), Fred Cisin <cisin at xenosoft.com>
> wrote:
> >> > Except that the size of a byte is undefined on a diskette, since it is
> not
> >> > directly linked to a processor architecture.
> >> Byte is 8 bits.
> >
> >In my networking courses at university
> 
>    Where was that?

Britain. Maybe it's different over here...

> we were always taught that 8
> >bits was called an octet,
> 
>   I've heard that too but it was a LOOONG time ago. I can't even remembe
> where it or when it was.

Well, the chap who taught that course was a venerable network coder,
and I think he'd been there for as long as the department itself had.

>  because the size of a byte varies between
> >machines.
> 
>   WORD sizes varies but a byte is now considered to be 8 bits.

Ah, my mistake then. *scribbles in mental notes*



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