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How to use byte in a sentence
Was I becoming a ones-and-zeros, bits-and-bytes version of my mother?
They are more complicated than the president's sound bytes suggest, and raise very little money.Obama's Budget: Has He Gone Too Far, or Not Far Enough?|Megan McArdle|April 5, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He talks to Lloyd Grove about why talking points and sound bytes inspired him.
The maximum data-transfer rate at Manitoba over a 2000-foot twisted pair cable is 50k bytes/sec.On-Line Data-Acquisition Systems in Nuclear Physics, 1969|H. W. Fulbright et al.
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The word bit is short for binary digit. A bit consists of one of two values, usually 0 or 1. Computers use bits because their system of counting is based on two options: switches on a microchip that are either on or off. Thus, a computer counts to seven in bits as follows: 0, 1, 10 , 11 , 100 , 101 , 110 , 111 . Notice that the higher the count, the more adjacent bits are needed to represent the number. For example, it requires two adjacent bits to count from 0 to 3, and it takes three adjacent bits to count from 0 to 7. A sequence of bits can represent not just numbers but other kinds of data, such as the letters and symbols on a keyboard. The sequence of 0s and 1s that make up data are usually counted in groups of 8, and these groups of 8 bits are called bytes. In origin byte is simply a respelling of bite, a byte being the number of bits that a computer can take at one bite, so to speak. The spelling change was intended to avoid confusion in written documents, since bite becomes identical to bit if the e at the end of bite is accidentally dropped. To transmit one keystroke on a typical keyboard requires one byte of information (or 8 bits). To transmit a three-letter word requires three bytes of information (or 24 bits).