why doesn't unit converter work with bytes, kilobytes etc?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by biohazard6969, Jun 22, 2005.

  1. biohazard6969 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 23, 2005
    toronto canada
    is it just me or shouldn't a computer app used for converting units automatically have something to convert something like 16 GB into however many MB it is?
  2. emw macrumors G4


    Aug 2, 2004
    Probably because it's generally safe enough to just add or take away a few zeros to get your answer (16GB ~ 16,000MB). Sure, it's really 16384 or something like that, but do you really care?

    If you do, go here.
  3. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    Computer bytes don't work on the metric scale like meters and grams and stuff.

    Computer bytes work on exponentials of 2. 2^2 ; 2^3 ; 2^4 and so on.
    When designating the name for what these units were called for memory, the metric system was applied, but its does not work the same way that true metric counting systems work.

    Look at "emw" link he posted.

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