I'm James Hague, a recovering programmer who has been designing video games since the 1980s. This is Why You Spent All that Time Learning to Program and The Pure Tech Side is the Dark Side are good places to start.
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It Made Sense in 1978Whenever I see this list of memory cell sizes, it strikes me as antiquated:
Now it's 2010, and it's silly to think of a 16-bit value as a basic enough unit of data to get to the designation "word." "Long" is similarly out of place, as 32-bit microprocessors have been around for over 25 years, and yet the standard memory cell size is still labeled in a way that makes it sound abnormally large.
The PowerPC folks got this right back in the early 1990s with this nomenclature:
Occasionally you need to reevaluate your assumptions and not just cling to something because it's always been that way.