Buymusic.com launched

Supposedly buymusic.com has more tunes that Apple’s store and single cuts are only 79 cents.
(Why is it the EBCDIC character set used on IBM mainframes has a cent-sign but the 7-bit ASCII character set we all use on out machines still doesn’t?).

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2 Responses to “Buymusic.com launched”

  1. Mike Says:

    Tony
    Have a read of this. It tells why ASCII doesn’t make ‘cents’
    http://www.charlieanderson.com/centsign.htm

  2. tony Says:

    Good article for entertainment value. EBCDIC, the standard IBM uses on their mainframes (see http://nemesis.lonestar.org/reference/telecom/codes/ebcdic.html), has the cent sign and quite a few other useful symbols but leaves odd gaps between sections of letters. It runs A-I, then has some other characters interspersed, then J-R, then other characters, then the rest. It’s missing the circumflex (also known as the “hat”, typically seen over the “6” key) and has, in the same place on the keyboard, what we referred to as the NOT character (hex 5F).
    A good reference on ASCII is http://nemesis.lonestar.org/reference/telecom/codes/ascii.html.

    tony

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