[mythtv-users] Recording Bitrates fpr PVR 350

Michael T. Dean mtdean at thirdcontact.com
Thu Dec 22 12:39:18 EST 2005

Scott Alfter wrote:

>Christian Borchmann wrote:
>>what are usefull settings for recording dayli episodes of cartoon with a
>>u choose a bitrate form 2500-3500.
>Disk space is cheap.  I just record everything at 6 Mbps and call it a day.
>With ~340 GB (real gigabytes, not "salesman's gigabytes") across three drives,
>I've never run out of space.
1 gigabyte = 1GB = 1,000,000,000 bytes
1 gibibyte = 1GiB = 1,073,741,824 bytes

(gibibyte as in "gigabinary")

So, a "salesman's gigabyte" is a "real gigabyte."  I think you're trying 
to say you have ~340 "real gibibytes."

The lawyer who sued the hard drive manufacturers for false advertising 
should have sued Microsoft, instead, since it was MS Windows that made 
those bytes disappear (by calling X gibibytes X gigabytes).  Either 
that, or the hard drive manufacturers should have countersued MS for 
libel/slander (but, who can afford to sue MS).



BTW, if you want a really annoying one, check out the prefix for the 
binary version of an exabyte (10^18 bytes).  The exbibyte (2^60 bytes) 
is hard to pronounce and makes a "learned technology professional" sound 
like a babbling idiot.  (And, no, I didn't misspell it.)  The others are 
just fun, though--the looks you get when you use the words in 
conversation are priceless.

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