# Oh, Those Terrible Units

There are some numbers and units. Numbers are numbers. Units are units. Numbers informs how many. Units inform about two things:

- how many
- of what

## The SI Base Units

Name | Unit Symbol | Quantity |
---|---|---|

metre | m | length |

kilogram | kg | mass |

second | s | time |

ampere | A | electric current |

kelvin | K | thermodynamic temperature |

candela | cd | luminous intensity |

mole | mol | amount of substance |

## IT Base Units

Name | Unit Symbol | Quantity |
---|---|---|

bit | b | number of bits |

byte | B | number of bytes |

bits per second | bps | number of bits per second |

Have you seen the difference? BYTES and BITS?

## The Word Of Truth

- 1 BYTE = 8 BITS
- 1 B = 8 b
- bit represents logical value (True or False), (0 or 1)
- there is nothing smaller than 1b
- you cannot have half of a bit - what is the half of False?

## SI Prefixes

name | sumbol | factor |
---|---|---|

kilo | k | 10^3 |

mega | M | 10^6 |

giga | G | 10^9 |

tera | T | 10^12 |

peta | P | 10^15 |

exa | E | 10^16 |

These symbols are used for avoiding too many zeros. So instead of `1000m`

you can write `1km`

and instead of `1000000B`

you can write `1GB`

. This is another problem. Normally `1 kilobyte`

= `1024 bytes`

. Yea, the IT world is wierd. For distinguishing between `10^3 = 1000`

and `2^10 = 1024`

someone created some binary system:

name | sumbol | factor |
---|---|---|

kibi | Ki | 1024^1 |

mebi | Mi | 1024^2 |

gibi | Gi | 1024^3 |

tebi | Ti | 1024^4 |

pebi | Pi | 1024^5 |

exbi | Ei | 1024^6 |

Now we’ve got 1024B = 1KiB and so on.

## The Problem

Why am I writing all that? Because I don’t understand why many people in the IT world, including many programmers, still don’t know that this is important to write according to some standards. This is like a language: you have to use the correct grammar so others have the chance to understand correctly what you say.

## Some Examples From Web

`1KB`

– this means`1 Kelvin Byte`

– I have no idea what it means. Author could think about:`1kB = 1000B`

or`1KiB = 1024B`

.`1mb`

– funny…`1 milibit`

, this is`0.001 of bit`

. Bit is a logical value, basically it means`True`

or`False`

,`0`

or`1`

. How can you have`0.001 of True or False`

? Maybe someone wants to write`1MB = 1,000,000B`

?`1mB`

– another funny, not found so often. This means`1 milibyte = 0.001B`

. But`1 byte`

is`8 bits`

. So this is`0.008 of True or False`

.`1gb`

– sorry, I have no idea what the`g`

is.`1gB`

– the same as above.`1kb`

– often author wants to write`1kB`

because`1kb = 125B`

– quite unusual number of bytes.

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