# 10 definitions by mistweb

## baud

bits per second; rate of information transfer, hence 'baud-rate'; see Information theory; also kilo-baud (kb)- thousands of baud, mega-baud (Mb) - millions of baud.
A 56 kb modem can send data at 56,000 bits per second down the wire.
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## Kilo

If we're not taling computers, then it's got a small k and means a thousand of whatever follows, eg 1 km = 1000 m, 1 kg = 1000 g etc.

If we are talking about computers or other binary systems, then it refers to 1024 times, and it gets a capital K, e.g 1 Kb = 1024 b, 4KB = 4096 B etc.

Honest, confusing but true.
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## bit

Binary digIT - the least amount of information there is, i.e. yes or no, true or false, on or off. Eight bits make a byte
What is the bit-rate of that modem? How many bits per second does it handle?
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## malarky

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## shebang

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## BiCapitalization

Some people would say camel case, but actually camels only have humps in the middle likeThis. People are now calling bi-capitalisation PascalCase, cos in the old days we used to use it for names of things in the computer language called Pascal.
The integer variable NumberOfDogs should be set to zero here.
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## bandwidth

The width, in Hertz, of the pass-band of any equipment that can process information. Most computer data transfer works at base-band (unlike radio transmitters, which usually operate on some higher wave band) so the bandwidth is usually equal to its baud rate.
Our network has a 10 MHz bandwidth, so it can pass an absolute maximum of ten million bits per second, i.e. it works only up to 10 Mb (ten mega baud)
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