Is a picture worth 001111101000 words?

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Is a picture worth 001111101000 words by Richard Weisser.Nearly all of our amazing modern technology is based on the most rudimentary premise imaginable:

A switch is either “on” or “off” An electrical pulse is either present or not. The status of the charge is generally assigned a value. No charge is a “zero.” If a pulse is present it is a “one.”

Engineers translated successions of zeroes and ones into binary code For example, the decimal number 1000 is 001111101000 in binary! At first, eight bits of code were processed simultaneously. The typical CPU now processes 64 bits of code on each cycle.

So what does all of this have to do with pictures?

What we call a “photograph” these days is actually nothing more than a collection of ones and zeroes. There isn’t any film. The pictures are NOT on the card. There are only static charges of electricity.

Without a device than can interpret the zeroes and ones and make sense of them there are no pictures.

And if one thinks that these translation technologies will be available for ever I have three letters in mind that may change your mind:





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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Richard: You are once again correct; technology is constantly changing and what is today, will , or may no longer be present tomorrow,

Aug 28, 2014 11:55 PM #3
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional

Eric Boucher ...

Funny, but I think about stuff like that a lot. Some would call it AADD because my mind wanders on its own accord. Thanks for the support.

Rob Arnold ...

It is mind blowing! I mean, it's really cool how it all works but how in the world did people figure all of this out?


Aug 29, 2014 12:02 AM #4
Jenna Dixon
DRA Homes | Cobb County Real Estate - Marietta, GA
Empowers You With a Better Real Estate Experience

VHS was the fairly recent past and we seem to now be moving away from DVD and CD to exclusively electronic files.  Glad I never was a collector of such media!

Aug 29, 2014 01:20 AM #5
Tom White
Franklin Homes Realty LLC (615) 495-0752 or - Franklin, TN
Franklin Homes Realty LLC, Franklin TN

Richard, there are so many things that I don't get. I was just reading how the eye works to "see" the images you are describing. Talk about a WOW! We are amazing creations and our brains incredible!

Aug 29, 2014 01:30 AM #6
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I remember learing this in school during some kind of a large group gathering.  Some outside person gave a talk on how this worked. Hasn't changed much.

Aug 29, 2014 02:41 AM #7
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I have always been intrigued by the idea of binary code - all those zeros and 1s. At first glance it seems difficult to fathom they would have so much power in the computer world.  I worked at a software development company for 8 years, but still have the fascination!

Aug 29, 2014 03:26 AM #8
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


It is a fascinating topic, all those numberss that we take for granted...And yes, a picture is worth a million words in my opinion.  A

Aug 29, 2014 03:31 AM #9
Dale Bledsoe
Crown Key Realty - Tracy, CA
Realtor in Tracy, California

Nice post. I spent a fair portion of life working for a large consumer electronics company that was and is at the forefront of digital technology. I spent a lot of time, a real lot of time, explaining Digital to Analog (D/A) Converters and Analog to Digital Converters. First 16 bit, then 18 bit them 1 bit converters. We realized after some time and great effort that no one gave a C_ap except us.

Aug 29, 2014 05:07 AM #10
Rene Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
Marketing in the Digital Age

Richard.... What a great read! I love it and I love science.VHS indeed! What a great reminder. And let us not forget that zero is both a number and the numerical digit used to represent that number in numerals. I never gave it much of a thought until I got into computers and programming. ~ Have a great holiday weekend!

Aug 29, 2014 09:48 AM #11
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Richard, My newest corporate laptop no longer offers a CD/DVD player.  If I want tunes, I need to either rip my CDs to audio files (not likely) or go to Pandora (more likely).  I don't know that any form of technology can be considered safe for long term. 

Aug 29, 2014 12:52 PM #12
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

I'm still amazed that the photograph I take with my camera is somehow transforned into binary code. How is that done through a lens? Definitely above my pay grade.

Aug 29, 2014 01:33 PM #13
Christopher Lotte
Red 1 Realty - Lithopolis, OH
Central Ohio Realtor, 614-390-9243

hey ,

that is worth more than a 1000 words literally.

I love how these photograpers turned photos into a powerful arts that eyes can read what it meant.

Thumbs up!

Aug 30, 2014 12:49 PM #14
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Richard, everything I'm reading today translates into music somehow.  Todd Rundgren's, "Born to Synthesize" and The Alan Parson's Project, "I Robot" song in the album of the same name came to mind. However, it was the Moody Blues "In the Beginning" that started my magnetic tape journey.  You had me at VHS!    

Aug 31, 2014 08:46 PM #15
Katina Hargrove 352-551-0308
Stake Your Land Realty, Inc. - Eustis, FL
Broker/Owner, GRI,SFR, REALTOR®

Good morning Richard, I am just on my first cup of coffee:) Great topic!

Aug 31, 2014 10:43 PM #16
Mary Stewart
Keller Williams Atlantic Partners/Southside - Jacksonville, FL

Richard-Thank you for making us stop and THINK! Trvhnology vhanges by the minute.

Sep 03, 2014 10:49 AM #17
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Just today my Aunt came by my office and dropped off some photos from my childhood.  While I don't make "prints" of the home digital photos I still make them of family photos all the time.

Sep 05, 2014 03:17 PM #18
Jim Paulson
Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) - Boise, ID

Guess this goes to prove there are 11 types of people that understand binary:

  1. Those that understand it
  2. Those that don't

This geek says "thanks 1x10 to the power of 6" for posting this.

Sep 06, 2014 02:17 AM #19
Jim Paulson
Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) - Boise, ID

Richard Weisser regarding your comment #4, I am told I don't have AADD but I suffer from a severe case of ADDOSS (Attention Deficiet Dissorder Ohhhh Shiny Syndrome)

Sep 06, 2014 02:23 AM #20
Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

    I still have a cassette player, a VHS recorder, two phonographs (including one that will play 78's).   I also have an 8-track player (for a car) that is in a drawer somewhere!

Sep 22, 2014 11:19 AM #21
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I have all those Disney videos - VHS - from when my daughter was little - its hard to get rid of them thinking of all the fun I had watching things like Beauty and the Beast with her - but I need to remember the machines to play that technology are disappearing fast - now it's binary code! Wow

Nov 08, 2014 09:27 AM #22
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