Posted by Renee Schmidt

SheBytes on Bytes.  We break it down!  The world around us is filled to the brim with techie jargon. It’s hard to have a conversation today where someone isn’t talking technology.

Common phrases include:

  • “Do you think BBM is better than iMessenger?”
  • “I just got VOIP!”
  • “Is Google + still in Beta?”
  • “You can now get one gig for next to nothing”

It is beyond the scope of this sole post to inform and explain all of these different areas of technology; which is ultimately the goal of all of SheBytes. That being said, one of the most crucial things to have a firm grasp of, to have an intelligent tech conversation today, is the concept of memory storage.

Incidentally, the blog you are reading right now; SheBytes itself is closely related to memory:

The Bytes portion of SheBytes is more than just a cute and clever play off of the word bite. A byte is “a unit of digital information, in computing”.

An awesome article from breaks down the most important measurements of memory. I highlight the cool and crucial facts with an example of storage capability for each, below:

  • Byte: One character
  • Kilobyte (kB): 1 thousand (1,000) bytes: One joke
  • Megabyte (MB): 1 million (1,000,000) bytes: One small novel
  • Gigabyte (GB): 1 billion (1,000,000,000) bytes: One broadcast quality movie
  • Terabyte (TB): 1 trillion (1,000,000,000,000) bytes: 50,000 trees made into paper and printed on

So, the next time you hear somebody talking about the rapid developments in memory storage, don’t be afraid to chime in!