general queries

Hi guys (& gals too, just to be politically correct ;-)),
I have 2 questions:-
*What do the AA or AAA stand for in batteries?
*Why is a byte called so?
Be grateful if someone can solve these queries,
thanx a lot! Ciao!!!

“Historical note: The term was coined by Werner Buchholz in 1956 during the early design phase for the IBM Stretch computer; originally it was described as 1 to 6 bits (typical I/O equipment of the period used 6-bit chunks of information). The move to an 8-bit byte happened in late 1956, and this size was later adopted and promulgated as a standard by the System/360. The word was coined by mutating the word `bite’ so it would not be accidentally misspelled as bit.” – Jargon file, entry byte

Looks like you’re going to get answered with quotes today, quizzer. Welcome to the SDMB.

Cecil gave some info in a column long ago that should answer your first “querie”:

Conclusion: it doesn’t “stand for” anything (in the sense that CIA “stands for” Central Intelligence Agency). It’s just a code.

Hope this helps.