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The Hitchhikers Guide to giga, peta etc etc ….. AKA the A-Z of byte sized storage (thanks to @searchstorage)

November 16, 2011

November 16, 2011

By Rose Ross, @Rose_at_O

All serious Storage Hitchhikers know not to forget their towel. (For anyone who doesn’t know what I am talking about. Shame on you, all IT peeps must undergo Douglas Adams training ***)

But something else not to forget if you want to be taken seriously in data land is knowing your peta- from your exabyte. So here’s a handy little guide I spied courtesy of Searchstorage.com – PS Anyone with an aversion to long numbers should look away now:

http://searchstorage.techtarget.com/definition/Kilo-mega-giga-tera-peta-and-all-that

OK, you got me – I couldn’t find an actual fear of long numbers. But there is a fear of numbers. So my unreserved apologies to all Arithmophobics out there!

For anyone with a few hours to kill, feel free to find out all those fabulous phobias out there on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_phobias – Wonder when they introduce Bloggerphobia or Twitterphobia?

****Reference to”A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have” from Douglas Adams’ ‘Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy’:  http://www.douglasadams.com/creations/0345391802.html – If you haven’t read it. Immediately get a copy and lock yourself in a dark cupboard until you have. Then you can explain to people you work in the IT industry, before then it was just a figment of your imagination…

 

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