We already know that ASCII (as it was first created) only allowed for 128 possible permutations. In that case, the extra 0 at the beginning of each ASCII-converted binary byte in my name makes a bit more sense: you only need 7 bits to represent 128 different possibilities. (Remember those powers of 2? 2 to the power of 7 is 128, 7 bits used together at any given time wil…