Millennium Tile Hints

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The Millennium Tile has a top and a bottom. The top is Denim Blue. Each line from bottom to top represents a year in which there was a significant event or a discovery that advanced computer or communications technology during the second millennium. Once you figure out the dates, your challenge is to associate them with the events.

Each line is straight binary code: circles are zeros and squares are ones. Computers use binary code to process information. Binary uses only two numbers, a one and a zero, to represent all numbers. Inside the computer, the ones and the zeros translate to electronic switches that are either "on" or "off". A binary character is called a bit; four bits make a byte. Combinations of bits and bytes make up all of the numbers, characters, and logical expressions needed to operate a computer.

Following is the binary conversion of the year of the D-Day invasion of France (1944). The top row of the table below begins at the right with "1" and doubles each digit as you go to the left. Add up the values on the bottom row that are represented by ones. The binary number for 1944 is: 11110011000.

2048 1024 512 256 128 64 32 16 8 4 2 1
0 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0

 

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