Byte v. Bit / by Nick Kamboj

A bit is the fundamental building block of data.  A bit has 2 states.  A bit can take a value of 0 or 1.  One can also think of a bit as a switch.  It has an off position (0) and an on position (1).  When 8 of these bits are placed together, they result in what is known as a Byte.  For example, 00000001 is a byte.  As well as the number 10110001.  Any combination of 8 bits is always referred to as a Byte.  The significance of all of this is paramount.  

Although the mathematics and computer science behind binary systems is beyond the scope of this blog; each Byte can be translated to a number.  And each number can indicate to either hardware or software to do something.  For example, the first Byte that was given as an example, 00000001 could prompt a car engine to start, or a light bulb in a room to turn on.  However, the second byte string given 10110001 could tell a software application to display a picture of a flower on the screen.  For ALL computer information that is retrieved, sent, updated and deleted is done so by the manipulation of Bits and Bytes.