A good way to remember big-endian is to think of the situation as the "NUXI problem". That is, if you had four single-byte characters stored in memory to spell "UNIX" on a 32-bit system, it would be spelled as NUXI in memory.

The x86 processor is little endian, while the PowerPC processor is bi-endian (meaning it can be either little-endian or big endian).

Endian compatability is one of the big considerations in writing portable software. Moving between different processor platforms can be hard because of this storage convention. It's getting easier however, as most new chips are adopting the little endian convention.