Octal

Chuck Guzis cclist at sydex.com
Thu Aug 31 21:00:48 CDT 2006


On 8/31/2006 at 6:41 PM Billy Pettit wrote:

>Does anyone remember using any other notations?  There must have been many
>more.

Bendix used U-Z.

For a very "classic" (or is it "antique") base-16 numbering system, check
out the 1863 proposal by John Nystrom:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_W._Nystrom

I'd heard that the "proper" Latin form of the word was "sexadecimal", but
that IBM wouldn't hear of using any concept that started with "sex", so
they substituted the Greek hex-.  Thus "hexadecimal" is really a
macaronism, having a Greek first part and a Latin second part.

Cheers,
Chuck





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