weather at Vauvert, France

Translate- it works!

Like to follow this blog...? After a few 'unwanted' e-mails I'm afraid you will have to become a fo

For your information.

After a few 'unwanted and unnecessary e-mails I'm sorry, but to place a comment you will now have to become a 'FOLLOWER" - People can be and are nasty creatures.
At the bottom of this Blog I've put 4 links - on the right hand side - They will take you to various news sites from various countries. Keep up to date.....! The same links are just below.
Due to poor health, I have decided to use this site mainly, and the site below for some of my postings....just click on it and choose the article to read from the list!
I'm to be found on 'Facebook' as 'Ian Mitchell' and......
I've started using "Twitter" (mr le Marquis) much more, and you can be a part of it. On all my Websites you'll find, somewhere (generally at the top of the page) "Twitter Updates"- This gives you links to click on which will take you to interesting things....Try it!
This site is OPTIMIZED for use with Google Chrome. It may be that users of Internet Explorer will have difficulties to read the text - change to Chrome or Firefox - they're better and safer anyway.
All photos and articles are available as free downloads for individuals. Commercial users please contact:
To view/download a photo in original size, click on the photo and the page should open- This does NOT always apply to the photos in the side bar, with the exception of the Slideshow.
To make it easier for you (you may have to go to 'listen live' etc):
A General link - choose from various radio news stations in English....
Or in French:
Or in German.....

A little trip through life

Come and take a little trip with me - through my life and with a few other people as well.....You can listen to the music if you don't like the photos....!
Jan/ian (Mr le Marquis - Iwmpop ) Personal Slideshow: Ian’s trip from Le Creusot, Burgundy, France to Nîmes was created by TripAdvisor. See another Nîmes slideshow. Create your own stunning slideshow with our free photo slideshow maker.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

what....? pardon......? oh really.....?

I found this gem on a site I visit. It amused me and so cheered me up.
Hope it does the same for you! If you've got the answer - please let me a language I can understand!

Computers 101

My computer has a 200 GB hard drive. What’s GB stand for? What’s a MB? How much data can my computer hard drive hold?

If I asked you how many ounces are in a cup, you would be able to say that there are eight ounces in a cup and that would be it. And it should be that way for your hard drive question, right?

In a perfect world. We’re talking about computers, remember?

Let’s start with a list of prefixes:

kilo = meaning 1,000. (one thousand)
mega = meaning 1,000,000. (one million)
giga = meaning 1,000,000,000 (one billion)
tera = meaning 1,000,000,000,000 (one trillion)

So in answer to your question: GB is short for Gigabyte. MB is short for Megabyte. With a 200 Gigabyte (GB) hard drive, you have 200 billion bytes of data storage. If you had a 200 Megabyte hard drive, you have 200 million bytes of data storage.

Except that you don’t. You actually have more. (Huh?) Here’s how and why.

A byte (which stands for "BinarY digiT Eight.") is a way to measure data storage. The first computers could only send 8 bits of data at a time, so it was natural to start writing code in sets of 8. Eight bits of data then became known as a byte. (By the way, a bit is represented with a lowercase "b," whereas a byte is represented with an uppercase "b" (B). So Kb is kilobits, and KB is kilobytes.)

Computer data is measured using the Binary Code System (counted by factors of two: 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, etc), but the prefixes are based on the metric system! Hard drive manufacturers decided it would be easier to just go according to the way the metric system is supposed to work and – rather than give the exact amount of data storage – decided to round the numbers off, hence 1,024 bytes became 1,000 bytes.

Here’s the low end of the data measuring scale:

1 bit = a 1 or 0 (b)
4 bits = 1 nybble (which is ½ of a byte, meaning that two nybbles equal one byte (well, it depends on what you’re byting)
8 bits = 1 byte (B)

(Note that the very lowest measurement of data storage that a computer can recognize is a bit.)

And here’s how the scale progresses:

And more:

A couple of FYI’s:
All of the hard drives in the world combined do not add up to even one Zettabyte.
No computer in the world has yet to achieve a yottabyte of data storage.

So really - how much data can your 200GB hard drive hold?

You do the math. :)


Wow, that was really informative! Don't forget to rate or add to this tip here!

No comments: