Incorrect names in Computer Storage Converter

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Incorrect names in Computer Storage Converter

Postby paul » Tue Apr 27, 2004 3:20 pm

I think that the storage names are wrong in the Computer Storage Converter. Kilobytes = Kibybyte Mega = Mebi Tera = Tebi etc, etc , etc... I thought for a minute that I was seeing things or that there were a new terminology. It's not a big thing but it can confuse some people.
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Re: Incorrect names in Computer Storage Converter

Postby convert-me.com » Tue Apr 27, 2004 3:41 pm

paul wrote: I think that the storage names are wrong in the Computer Storage Converter. Kilobytes = Kibybyte Mega = Mebi Tera = Tebi etc, etc , etc... I thought for a minute that I was seeing things or that there were a new terminology. It's not a big thing but it can confuse some people.


It is a new terminology which is an IEC international standard of 1998.
It suggests using special prefixes for binary multiplies used in data processing and transmission, i.e. kibi (1024) instead of kilo (1000) and so on.
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Postby Streaks » Mon May 17, 2004 9:11 pm

C'mon guys, how many times have you actually seen a Mebibyte used in daily transactions or listings? I for one have never seen it and I've worked for very large, U.S. based ISP's and backbone providers (UUNET). It may have been put out there in '98 but I don't see the terminology as being widely known or used.

I'm ok with it, but honestly feel that it needs to be adopted by more governing boards first before it is made official here.
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Postby convert-me.com » Mon May 17, 2004 10:35 pm

Streaks wrote:C'mon guys, how many times have you actually seen a Mebibyte used in daily transactions or listings?


You are right. Actually we've changed prefixed in computer storage from 'kilo' to 'kibi' after three different people complained about that. I guess we'll keep getting complains in any case.

So I think we'd better stick with the standard, generally I admit it is a good idea to distiguish the prefixes for 1000 and 1024.

By the way I work for a large ISP in Russia and never had actually known anything about those 'kibi' prefixes until I've been told about them in this forum.
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Postby convert-me.com » Wed May 19, 2004 6:01 pm

Another topic on our forum with the same discussion: http://www.convert-me.com/en/bb/viewtopic.php?t=223
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