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Stands for "Year 2000." However, this term is more often used to refer to the "Millenium Bug." This bug is a little creature that lives inside older computers. When the year 2000 rolls around, the little bug will self-destruct, blowing up the computer it was residing in. The chain of explosions across the world will be catastrophic, causing global panamonia and LA riots. Also associated with Y2K is the end of the world, which is without doubt, foreshadowed by the dredded Millenium Bug. So, on January 1, 2000, you'll want to make sure you have at least a 5 year's supply of food and water, roughly half a million dollars in cash, and at least 200 acres of land somewhere in Montana. Of course, it doesn't really matter, considering the world will have ended anyway.


We're past the year 2000 and the world is still going! No Armageddon, no major computer explosions, no nuclear holocaust, even no L.A. Riots... Wow, I guess Y2K wasn't really that bad after all (surprise, surprise). Sorry about those of you who bought 200 acres of land in Montana. =)


Yahoo! is one of the Internet's leading search engines. It is also the largest Web portal, providing links to thousands of other websites. These links include sites from the Yahoo! Directory as well as news stories that are updated several times a day.

Besides being a portal and search engine, Yahoo! offers several other services as well. Some of these services include:

Yahoo! Finance - stock quotes and financial information

Yahoo! Shopping - online retail and price comparison services

Yahoo! Games - online games playable over the Internet

Yahoo! Groups - organized discussions among Internet users

Yahoo! Travel - travel information and booking services

Yahoo! Maps - maps and directions

Yahoo! Messenger - instant messaging
Yahoo! Mail - free Web-based e-mail


A yobibyte is a unit of data storage that equals 2 to the 80th power, or 1,208,925,819,614,629,174,706,176 bytes.

While a yottabyte can be estimated as 10^24 or 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes, a yobibyte is exactly 1,208,925,819,614,629,174,706,176 bytes. This is to avoid the ambiguity associated with the size of yottabytes. A yobibyte is 1,024 zebibytes and is the largest unit of measurement.


A yottabyte is the largest unit of measurement for computer data. It consists of 1,208,925,819,614,629,174,706,176 bytes (or 2 to the 80th power). It may also be estimated as 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes (which is 10 to the 24th power).

Fortunately for those of us finite beings, yottabytes are not used very often. The prefix "Yotta" comes from "Iota," which is the ninth letter of the Greek alphabet. However, it seems more fitting that "yotta" refers to a "lotta" bytes.


Example: "Have you seen the video of the dog riding a skateboard on YouTube yet?"

YouTube is a video sharing website owned by Google that allows users to watch other people's videos and publish their own. It allows both professional and amateur users to post videos, which can be viewed by anyone in the world with an Internet connection. Videos uploaded to YouTube are available at and may also be posted on other websites. When a YouTube video finishes playing, the user is presented with a list of related videos that he or she may find interesting. This can make watching YouTube videos an addicting hobby.


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