I've come across tees on Thinkgeek that featured binary and not know what to make of it. Sometimes, I wouldn't understand jokes on XKCD either because it had binary.
XKCD + Thinkgeek = Geeky
Geeky + (- Binary) = - Geeky and no understanding
Tell me you got that.
This is a super basic tutorial on reading binary. Anything more advanced, you won't find it here. Yet.
But if you have more beginner's tips to add to this, please feel free to do so in the comments. I'd love to learn more.
Anyway, two things you have to understand:
1. Binary codes come in 1s and 0s where 1 is On/Include and 0 is Off/Exclude.
2. Binary codes are calculated with multipliers of 2 and are read from the right to left.
E.g. 64, 32, 16, 8, 4, 2, 1
*It can also be calculated by bases of 2 which yields the same results. Whichever floats your boat.
E.g. 27, 26, 25, 24, 23, 22, 21, 20
Keep in mind both points.
Now, once I show you this picture, you will magically know how to do simple binary readings.
A binary code of 01000010 equates to the sum of 66:
If 66 actually refers to something, you could look it up and decipher all the other codes to get a message which I will show you now.
To relate it with text, you'll be looking at the ASCII control characters and printable characters. Read about it on wikipedia for more information. I can't be bothered with the nuts and bolts of it now.
I've only included the printable characters because it's more relevant in this example.
What you do is calculate the decimal from the binary and then refer the decimal to the table for your alphabet and/or symbols.
From the example above, our binary is 01000010. The decimal is 66. So the alphabet it's referring to is "B".
Simple right? I know!
You'll notice that the chart shows 7 bit binaries aka 7 numbers (E.g 100 0010). But I like 8 bits (E.g. 0100 0010) cause it's an even number. Some committee decided to stick with 7 bits because it was more cost-efficient.
*Calculate, then hover for answers.
I can't believe I wasted a few hours on this crap.