Musings of an anonymous geek

November 15, 2005

I stand corrected

Filed under: Me stuff — m0j0 @ 9:27 am

Well, you’re never too old to become even more geeky. I was informed yesterday by coworkers that my 32nd birthday is, indeed, significant, because it will take another 32 years before I am again at an age that is a power of 2. Another email said “Happy 2x2x2x2x2nd birthday”.

For my non-geek family members, most numbers used or reported by computers are a power of two. For example, 1MB = 1024 bytes, and 1024 is 2^10. The reason for this is because computers process binary, or “base 2”, which is a way of representing numbers using only digits 0 and 1. There’s more to it than that, but not much 🙂

1 Comment »

  1. that is scary

    Comment by angry architect — November 16, 2005 @ 11:43 am | Reply

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