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Subject: Re: Archos HD Upgrade

Re: Archos HD Upgrade

From: Bluechip <>
Date: Tue, 07 Mar 2006 10:23:04 +0000

>On 3/7/06, Daniel Stenberg <> wrote:
> > Allow me to add to the confusion! ;-)
>Me too ;-)
>I just want to mention the binary prefixes by IEC standards.
>Unfortunately these aren't commonly know. 1 kB = 1000 B and 1 kiB =
>1024 B.

That is hilarious ..."kibibyte" ...this HAS to be the work of a Pastafarian.

Computers work in base 2, 1's and 0's
...a Kilo in the world of computers is 2^10==1024, not 10^3==1000
Mega is still a Kilo Kilo
Giga is still a Kilo Kilo Kilo

Hard drive manufacturers are just plain WRONG!
In fact, they have been criticised for it so much that they hit a dilemma.
Do we change to fit the standard and confuse people, or stay put and
confuse people.
Just last week I built a machine for a friend and laughed (quite
literally) when I read "a Megabyte is 1,000,000 bytes" on the sticker
on the hard drive. That is their solution ...if only they hadn;t
tried to blag us in the first place, they would not have to print
clarifications on their stickers.


> > 137GB is the amount of data if one gigabyte is 1000,000,000 bytes. If a
> > gigabyte is 1024*1024*1024 bytes as in the computer world outside the silly
> > harddrive manufacturers, the limit is 128GB.
>It's not only the silly HDD manufacturers (137GB would be correct) but
>also various silly operating systems like windows who think 1 GB =
>1024 kB. And lots of computer people who haven't noticed the
>not-really-new SI prefixes. Speaking with the standardized naming, the
>mentioned disk would be 137 GB or 128 GiB.
>HTH (this time clearing the confusion ;-)
>- Dominik
Received on 2006-03-07

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