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Do you want to Google today?

Want to know how much a decade is in seconds? Google's new online calculator takes on tasks ranging from everyday maths to complex calculations. It is at once a metric converter, a formula-solver and a scienti.c calculator.


GOOGLE, the numero uno of search engines has been regularly adding many cool (`kewl 'to teens!) and amazing features. This time it is an on-line Calculator. Well, you may ask what is the big deal? We already have a Calculator in the computer as part of Windows operating system listed under "Accessories". But, Google's "On-Line" calculator is much more than a mere calculator. It is at once a metric converter, a formula-solver and a complicated scientific calculator!

All you have to do is to type your query in the search input field and press "enter" or click on the "search" button just like an ordinary search operation. And presto! Google morphs itself into a versatile Calculator!

Here are some of the ways in which you can use this facility:

Type "3 miles in kilometres" - It gives you just as ordered! (It translates

"metres" as "meters" since internet works (still) the Yankee way!)

Similarly you can attempt any kind of quantitative conversion like:

"1 hour in nanoseconds"

"98.6 degrees F in Celsius" etc.

You can also ask outlandish queries to Google so as to torture/test it like this:

- 1 hour * 128 kbps in megabytes

- One decade in seconds

- 45 to binary

- 2345 to hex

- 0b010101 to Octal

- The speed of light divided by three teaspoons?

- Yactometers in a yottaparsec

- 4 ohms * 23 amps

- And here is the best one!

" What is the answer to life, the universe and everything?"

(If the ridiculously simplistic numerical answer (42) that you get baffles you, it is time you got hold a copy of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" - the spoofy, zesty and hilarious novel of Douglas Adams!) .

You can get further details of these features of the Google Calculator from this URL:

http:www.google.com/help/features.html#calcutor

This facility can be stretched a bit to include definitions.

You type a phrase or an expression and ask Google to give you the definition like: "define: World Wide Web".

Google is fast becoming an omnibus portal like Yahoo!

That's because it helps people shop, read news, thwart pop-up advertisements, get stock information, publish to the Web and also network with your friends online.

Thus Google has become synonymous with the Internet and is today a generic term for web searching.

Happy Googling, folks!

S. Krishnamorthy

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