another similarity of computers to knitting that i have never seen anywere (printed anywhere) is:
to ‘multiply’ a computer take a the the bits in lower register
[color=blue](take the next X stitches)[/color]
and puts them in a storage register
[color=blue](put the X stitches onto a cable needle)[/color]
then it ‘processes’ the bits in the upper register
[color=blue](knit the next X stitches on needle)[/color]
then it retrieves the bits from the storage register
[color=blue](pick up the cable needle)[/color]
and places those bits into the upper register
[color=blue](knit the stitches from cable needle)[/color]
NOTE: the process of multiplication is almost identical to cabling!
knitting is more versitial, (computers come in 8 bit, 16 bit, 32 processors, but we knitters can knit anysize cable! (from 2 stitches (twisted/cross stitches) on!)
and while disks (who uses floppies?) come preformated now, when a disk (soft/floppy or hard drive) is being formated, what happens is the drive head runs an A/C (alternateing current) signal which results in a series of 1’s (positive) and 0’s (negative) reads. (if there is an error, (two 1’s in row, or 2 0’s in a row, there is a ‘bad sector’ (we’ve all seen that if we have cleaned a drive)
so drives are formated by ‘ribbing’ (1 (knit), 0(purl) repeated over and over!) just a knitters set up knitting (often ) by doing ribbing.