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Google Calculator + Free text entry

For those of you who don’t use Google Calculator – you should.  It’s amazing.  I use it all the time for conversions.  All you have to do is enter the units you’re converting into a google search, and one of the top results will be the Calculator interpretation of your search.

For instance, when SCPing files, I wanted to estimate how long the transfer would take for x gigabytes.  I noticed that, on average, I was getting about 11 MB/s.  I could do the conversion to GB/h by hand if I wanted to, but there’s really no reason to when Google does such a good job.

11 (MB / s) = 38.671875 GB / hour

There are hundreds of converter programs around the Internet, but what makes Google’s so powerful is that it’s smart enough to interpret your plain text queries; you don’t need to waste time selecting units from drop downs, or anything like that.  This same power of free-text entry and parsing applies to a lot of google products, especially Google maps.

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