720RPM 3.5" FDDs?

Dan Gahlinger dgahling at hotmail.com
Sun Feb 1 17:53:55 CST 2009


alright, who the hell is the moron that changed
kilobyte to kibibyte and megabyte to mebibyte?

i mean, come on people, we had a good system for like 2 decades, leave it alone!

oh, IEC, should have known.... ugh.

Dan.

> Date: Sun, 1 Feb 2009 15:29:38 -0800
> From: cisin at xenosoft.com
> To: cctalk at classiccmp.org
> Subject: RE: 720RPM 3.5" FDDs?
> 
> On Sun, 1 Feb 2009, Dan Gahlinger wrote:
> > actually it's not an even million.
> > a megabyte is 1024*1024 bytes
> > (1024 K), a mb is a million bytes, but an MB is 1,048,576 bytes
> > 1K = 1024 bytes, not 1000 bytes.
> 
> I agree wholeheartedly with Dan about a megabyte (MB) being 2^20 bytes
> (1024 * 1024,  1024K,  1048576).
> 
> 
> But, we have to be careful about the abbreviations.
> Some would insist that "mb" would have to be "milli-bit"!
> 
> 
> Those who "have to" have 1000 * 1000 as their unit, would like us to us
> "Mebi-Byte" as the name for 1048576.
> 
> 
> And of course, we need a name for the Unscrupulous IBM Marketing unit.
> ("UIMU"?)
> I do not accept that there is ANY possible rationale that would justify
> 1000 * 1024 as being a valid unit of measure.  Particularly when the same
> UNSCRUPULOUS MARKETING units use 1024 * 1024 for RAM.
> 
> --
> Grumpy Ol' Fred     		cisin at xenosoft.com

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