[AusNOG] [SAGE-AU Discuss] [RESULTS] Straw poll: what is your email message size limit?

Paul Brooks pbrooks-ausnog at layer10.com.au
Tue Mar 26 17:32:16 EST 2013

On 26/03/2013 16:33, Scott Howard wrote:
> On Mon, Mar 25, 2013 at 9:38 PM, Narelle <narellec at gmail.com 
> <mailto:narellec at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     Bytes are 8 bits. Always were, always will be.
> Umm.. no. Not "Always were".
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byte because I'm too lazy to justify it myself. You 
> won't need to read past the first paragraph.

...which is why early RFCs always referred to an 'octet' as the 8-bit wide entity. 
Bytes were generally whatever the word size of the architecture was 6, 8, 10, 12 bits 
occasionally. Until 16-bit architectures came in, and 'word' was used for the 16-bit 
native size, leaving 'byte' for the half-word size.
Octets are 8 bits. Always were, always will be.
But we digress, and its not yet Friday.


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