Bytes On A Computer

a: Computer bytes ~
b: standard light switch

What: Think of a standard light switch; the circuit can have two states. It's either closed with electricity flowing trough it or open so no charge can flow. Each byte that makes up a number stored in a computer is ultimately nothing more than a series of tiny electrical switches, with on (closed) and off (open) values. The computer interprets a series of other consecutive on/off values into something interesting for us humans, such as a letter or a number. If the tiny little switch=0, it's off If the tiny little switch=1, it's on

Writer: Timothy Boronczyk
Date: Nov 30 2009 3:01 PM

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