[thelist] What is a k? What is a gig?

Ben Henick persist1 at io.com
Mon Jun 4 10:34:18 CDT 2001

On Mon, 4 Jun 2001, Erik Sabowski wrote:

> correct me if i'm wrong, but i think that sometimes 1K = 1000
> meg...usually when dealing with hard drives. i seem to remember hearing
> the HD manufacturers use the 1K = 1000 meg conversion cause it makes the
> HD seem bigger than using 1K = 1024 megs.
> If you look at the fine print in alot of computer ads these days, some of
> them say "1 GB = 1 billion bytes," which is, of course, not 100%
> accurate...

Depends on who you ask.

According to some standards 1GB *is* one billion (ten to the ninth
power) bytes.

Even though 1KB is still 1024 bytes, and 1MB is still 1,048,576 bytes.


It's all about standards, I tell you.

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If you're using PHP, the following statement will fix the problem:


...where $original_entry is the HTML you're dumping back into your form
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