Author Topic: Current speed display modes are confusing  (Read 489 times)

Offline driver8

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Current speed display modes are confusing
« on: February 14, 2018, 03:54:53 pm »
When I double-click repeatedly, it cycles through the following values:

KB
KiB
MB
Kb
Mb
KB
MB
KiB
Kb

before looping. As you can see, several are repeated, and some that look the same do not seem to display the same values. I'd just like some more clarity on what is actually being displayed.

Offline spamwerbung

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Re: Current speed display modes are confusing
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2018, 02:32:35 am »
I don't know for sure which is which but they seem refer to Bytes/s and Bits/s respectively, and those with the i seem refer to the "new" Kibi/Mibi xx in reference to the 1024 (2^10) quantities used by computers rather there official usage as metric 1000 (10^3) quantities outside computers. So 1 Kibibyte = 1024 Bytes while 1 Kilobyte = 1000 Bytes if you apply the correct metric quantities. See here :)

You may also have noticed from your hard drives that they always have less than the printed storage capacity. If you look closely on the drive you may find that the manufacturers use the metric quantities correctly and may state somewhere something like "1 Gigabyte = 1.000.000.000 Bytes". ;)

Offline driver8

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Re: Current speed display modes are confusing
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2018, 10:15:43 am »
I understand that stuff, spamwerbung. The issue is that cycling through shows multiple display modes labelled the same but showing different numbers.

Offline Rdl

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Re: Current speed display modes are confusing
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2018, 12:23:26 pm »
The real order is:

KiB
MiB
Kb
Mb
KB
MB
variable KiB->MiB
variable Kb->Mb
variable KB->MB

However, I agree it's confusing to blindly switch modes.

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Re: Current speed display modes are confusing
« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2018, 10:59:03 pm »
I've added right mouse button click menu where you can select mode.