Where did Bytes Come From?

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Where did Bytes Come From? - Computerphile

Why do we have 8 bits in a byte? Professor Brailsford on the origins of the humble byte.

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Dude's picture

So what is it in human language?

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a bit is the smallest piece of memory, a binary value, 1 or 0

a 'byte' is a small group of bits

early on, companies fluffed around using 'words' which are like bytes but larger

IBM came up with an 8-bit byte & 4-byte word

everyone adopted that

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