Oh, how much I want every piece of software to use IEC binary units! I hate that in school, probably 100% of us learned that 1 KB is 1024 B, which is wrong (at least for a long time it was, if not from the beginning)! And the legacy of SI prefixes still lives on with many programs and OSes till this day. And in the modern time, these nasty prefixes can and do confuse a lot of people. The larger the amount of bytes, the more the difference between IEC unit and SI unit.
I think everyone knows that when you buy an external storage device that advertises, for example, 2 TB of storage, then many people get “angry” as they see in their file/disk manager that the amount of free space is actually about 1.86 “TB”. But there only thing that is incorrect is the unit which is being displayed. 2 TB is indeed about 1.86 TiB.
I’ve started a list of software that uses the correct units for measuring the size of digital stuff (files, links, directories; I also like to see download/upload speeds in Mebibyte/s, rather than Megabit/s). So far, I only wrote this:
- git (rounds to 2 digits, with whitespace between value and unit)
- syncthing .net (rounds to 1 digit, with whitespace between value and unit)
- crates .io (rounds to 2 digits, with whitespace between value and unit)
- nvim-tree.lua (rounds to 2 digits, with whitespace between value and unit)
(“Not to brag”, but I was responsible for the last two. :P)
So, by the size of this message, I hope you can understand how much I’m grateful for the fact that you are on this list. Thank you!
P.S. I’ve just started using it, and it is already so useful and free (in all meanings)!