Odd "endianness" [was Re: RE: Base 64 posts to the list]

Dave Wade dave.g4ugm at gmail.com
Mon Dec 5 13:14:05 CST 2016

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> Subject: Re: Odd "endianness" [was Re: RE: Base 64 posts to the list]
> On 12/05/2016 12:17 PM, Chuck Guzis wrote:
> > Or how about architectures not using a word length that's an integral
> > number of bytes?
> You mean like any 36-bit machine?

Honeywell L66 & DPS8 used to have 36 bit words which originally contained 6
x 6-bit characters. 
When they extended the machines to work with ASCII they put 4 x 9-bit
characters which I seem to
remember they called 9-bit bytes..


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