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Y2K:
Y2K, the short version of what Y2K meant the predicted crash of computers in the year 2000. This never happened, although it had to do with the way binary code (computer processor instructions) is written i.e. with 1’s and 0’s. The fear of computers crashing in the year 2000 was not overstated, considering the factors of the binary code structure. In simple language, when the code for the computer was written, it was started with a “1” and not a “0”. Many experts suggested that when a “0” year came round, the code would not update itself and all previous code written would be lost. This would cause all computers in the world to crash, and played havoc with the fear-mongers. The outcome had many around the world staring at their computers during the 1999-2000 New Year celebrations. Some with glee over their IRS documents going bye, bye (next problem prediction year is 2038).

YouTube:
YouTube is a Google owned, open source, video sharing website, for amateurs and professionals alike. Anyone on the Internet may view YouTube videos that come from the whole world and are of every subject known, from nature, to music, to space exploration. These videos are for sharing all kinds of subjects as well as family records and can be shared or kept private. These videos are shared on other websites like your own. See Open source software in this Glossary.

YiB:
YiB, Yobibyte, a yobibyte is 1,024 zebibytes and therefore makes it the largest unit of measurement. A yobibyte is a unit of data storage that is 2 to the 80th power and to avoid the ambiguity associated with the size of yottabytes equal exactly 1,208,925,819,614,629,174,706,176 bytes. Although the unit called a yottabyte can be estimated as 10^24 or 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes, the yobibyte however must be exact. Do you think if we added a few more zeros anyone would notice.

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