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My intention here is to explain some things that are frequently misunderstood in the field of computing. Usually, these will involve something technical, and will be of concern to programmers and others who use computers in ways that are beyond the end-user level.

A Bit About Digital, Part II

Posted 07-08-2012 at 04:47 PM by theNbomr (Ramblings from the soapbox of theNbomr)

In Part I, we started to describe how computers use a binary system of storing and manipulating digital data. This is a continuation of that subject.

What we see isn't really what we have.

When we read text on our computer screen, we often see numbers like 0 and 1, just as I've used many times in this text. It may come as a surprise to some that when we see the glyph on the screen that we recognize as a zero, it is actually put there because the underlying byte that...
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A Bit About Digital

Posted 07-08-2012 at 04:45 PM by theNbomr (Ramblings from the soapbox of theNbomr)
Updated 12-19-2012 at 10:08 AM by theNbomr

A Bit About Digital

This essay is to clarify some common misunderstandings about how digital data is created, stored and used.

In the beginning.
By now, we've all heard that computers 'only use ones and zeros', and mostly we've come to accept the apparent contradiction without really understanding what it means. The statement is true, if not somewhat over-simplified. The use of only 'ones' and 'zeros' is another way of saying that digital devices are binary in...
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