# wow I suck at math. Let me count the ways...

Thu 04 June 2009For the longest time(my career as a sysadmin) if I would see a byte
count in gigabyte/terabyte length, I would whip out `bc -l` in a
terminal and run

Today my braing decided to wake up and think "what about powers?". so
for example, I have this string which is the size of last nights
complete backup of a work webserver

1259958130

punch in to bc (cli calculator on linux/unix)

1259958130/(1024\^3)

and you get

1.17342744953930377960

which is the same thing as:

1259958130/1024/1024/1024

1.17342744953930377960

So now you know how bad I suck at math, Powers may not even be the correct terminology.