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The basic unit of Internet Time is the beat, 1/1000 of a day.

This is what you'd get if you divided a day into 10 decimal-hours and then divided each decimal hour into 100 decimal-minutes.

But, Swatch didn't call them decimal-hours and decimal-minutes. They called them beats. So what do you call 0.1 (1/10) beat? And what do you call 100 beats?

This page shows what happens if you apply standard metric prefixes.

For information on how I got this information, see the links at the bottom of the page.


Term & Symbol
Factor
Meaning
Yottabeat Yb 1024 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000
Zettabeat Zb 1021 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000
exabeat eb 1018 1,000,000,000,000,000,000
Petabeat Pb 1015 1,000,000,000,000,000
Terabeat Tb 1012 1,000,000,000,000
Gigabeat Gb 109 1,000,000,000
Megabeat Mb 106 1,000,000    (approx. 2.75 years)
Kilobeat kb 103 1000     (1 day, by definition!)
Hectobeat hb 102 100     (approx. 2.5 hours)
Dekabeat dab 101 10     (approx. 15 minutes)
Beat b 100 1    (approx/ 1.5 minutes )
decibeat db 10-1 0.1     (approx. 8.5 seconds)
centibeat cb 10-2 0.01     (approx. 0.8 seconds)
millibeat mb 10-3 0.001     (approx. 0.08 seconds)
microbeat ub 10-6 0.000,001
nanobeat nb 10-9 0.000,000,001
picobeat pb 10-12 0.000,000,000,001
femtobeat fb 10-15 0.000,000,000,000,001
attobeat ab 10-18 0.000,000,000,000,000,001
zeptobeat zb 10-21 0.000,000,000,000,000,000,001
yoctobeat yb 10-24 0.000,000,000,000,000,000,000,001

 


Also on the Net

Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (BIPM)Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (BIPM): The international organization that ensures world-wide uniformity of measurements and their traceability to the International System of Units (SI).  (www.bipm.fr/enus/)

SI Base UnitsSI Base Units: Gives the definitions of the basic units of measurement, including the second.  (www.bipm.fr/enus/3_SI/base_units.html)

SI PrefixesSI Prefixes: Shows the prefixes and their symbols for standard metric units.  (www.bipm.fr/enus/3_SI/si-prefixes.html)

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