# Happy Programmer Day, September 12

September 12 is the 256th day of the year so it is celebrated as International Programmer Day.

The number 256 is distinct to programmers. Represented by an eight-bit byte 256 equals 2 to the eighth power.  This digit makes it the highest power of two that is less than 365. When translated to binary code, the day reads 1 0000 0000.

Way back in the 7th grade, I got my only D on a report card in math. We were studying Base 6 that quarter and I could not get my heard wrapped around Base 6 or even what the significance of Base 10 (which is out normal way of counting) was. I eventually learned Base 6 and Base 2 (which is binary).

Flash forward a decade and a half to library school. I took my first computer class where the professor tried to drill the binary system (a computer is either off-0 or on-1). Because of my 7th grade D, I was the only one in the class that understood what he was talking about. I became a systems librarian and while never a programmer, I had a reasonably easy time understanding the theory behind how computers worked. Sometimes you initial failures can be the source of your later triumphs.

Now to count to 10 in binary

01

10

11

110

111

1000

1001

1010

1011

1 0000

What is 11?

## 19 thoughts on “Happy Programmer Day, September 12”

1. It’s all Greek to me.
😃🤣😂

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1. Greek? Not sure if Binary is Greek or not .

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2. I don’t follow your counting. I thought counting to 10 was:
0
1
10
11
100
101
110
111
1000
1001
1010
So 11 would be 1011.

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1. Correct Priscilla. You can count in binary. 🙂

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1. I should have looked at my original list, Priscilla, and not how you changed it. You got me after my bragging on how I could count in binary. 11 is 10001

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2. You were right. According to Google DECIMAL NUMBERS IN BINARY
0 0
8 1000
9 1001
10 1010
11 1011

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1. Oh, thank goodness. I’ve been racking my brain trying to figure out what I was missing!

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1. Some days are more difficult than others. I must have left my brain with the other political party.

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3. It made mine hurt when I got that D. I had no idea what was going on in math. At least I was never quite that stupid about that topic again. Most of us are educable or at least trainable.

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4. Programmer Day is usually September 13th. It’s only on the 12th because we’re enduring a leap year.

Q: Why did the Programmer confuse Halloween and Christmas?
A: Because Oct 31 = Dec 25.

Everybody laugh.

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1. Thanks for the programmer joke and the additional information. Are you a programmer?

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1. I’m a just poet who makes money by programming computers.

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5. Goodness I haven’t got a clue….I was actually just thinking the other day trying to get my head around how all we do on computers stems from a couple of numbers!

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6. Don’t feel bad. After bragging I could count in binary, I publicly proved myself wrong. It’s scary how much of our private life (like where we go and who we like) are now in a corporate database somewhere.

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7. Does it count if I used to be a software engineer, 20 years ago? 🙂 (May end up getting back into it again…)

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8. I was a systems librarian so no judgement.

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