Byte sizes (was Re: 2.8M 3.5' floppy

der Mouse mouse at Rodents.Montreal.QC.CA
Mon Mar 14 13:04:06 CST 2005


>>> ["byte" means the machine's addressing unit]
>> Well, it sounds reasonable, but probably isn't the most useful, as
>> it would mean that, for example, the PDP-8 had 12-bit bytes.
> Umm words...   it has six bit bytes.

By the "byte = addressing unit" definition?  It's been a while since I
had a PDP-8 (I had an -8/f but I long ago gave it to a collector much
more serious than I), but I'm fairly sure the addressing unit was the
12-bit word.

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