tens of kilobytes

Subject: tens of kilobytes
From: "Jane Carnall" <jane -dot- carnall -at- digitalbridges -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2001 14:31:50 +0100

The SME sent me some information about the SM he's E of:

On 2G networks, a "large" amount of data is 10s of K.

I know exactly what he means: over 2G networks, transferring even 50K of
data can take 40 seconds - a noticeable amount of time for you to sit
watching your mobile phone. But I knew that before I read the line above,
which is why I understand what he means - I think.

I don't like the expression "10s of K" - not even transliterated to "tens of
kilobytes". I'm not sure it's instantly understandable (though if I'm wrong,
I'm happy to keep it as is) unless you already know what he's talking about.
Is it? Is there another way to say that you don't want to transfer more than
a 2-figure number of kilobytes? (2-figure number of kilobytes strikes me as
worse than "10s of K", so forget I said that.)

Any offers?

Tens of thanks,

Jane Carnall
Technical Writer, Digital Bridges, Scotland
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