29 Years of the Digest ... founded August 21, 1981
The Telecom Digest for May 16, 2011
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Date: Sun, 15 May 2011 10:05:03 -0500 From: Jim Haynes <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: History Early Data transmission technical considerations Message-ID: <r-udndYKQtUCdlLQnZ2dnUVZ_rKdnZ2d@earthlink.com> On 2011-05-13, Jim Bennett <email@example.com> wrote: > The earliest known use of "bit" in a published paper was by Shannon in > 1948, but he didn't coin the term. That honor goes to J.W. Tukey [a > Massachusetts boy], who proposed that "bit" was an acceptable [and > clever] contraction of the term "binary digit." > Was he also the one...binary digits are associated with logs to the base 2, and someone suggested 'nit' for a digit resulting from logs to the base e, and perhaps 'dit' for decimal digits? ***** Moderator's Note ***** Dit-dah-dit-dah-dit, dah-dit-dah Bill Horne Moderator
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