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Google, more than a Search Engine

Posted by Hari Saryono on 28 March 2009


I’m sure you know Google.com. It’s the 2nd largest search engine in the world (after yahoo), at least according Alexa rank report. I love Google more than other, although I know that sometimes Google search result is biased. Sometimes what you got in Yahoo is not the same with what you got in Google, and vice versa.

In this post, I want to show you another capabilities of Google that, maybe some of us still doesn’t aware. I hope this post useful.

1. Calculator

Do you know that Google can be used as Calculator too?. Thank God if you know it, but if you don’t, try to put arbitrary regular expression in ADDRESS BAR (see.. address bar, it’s where you write “http://www.google.com”), and in second, Google will come with the result. For example, solve this:

5*4+ln (20)*e*sin(30/180)=

Notes :

  • equal sign (=) to force Google use it’s calculator function
  • Sine function in radian, that’s why I divide it by 180

What is your result?

You can use constant number like e (natural number), h (planck number) and c (speed of light constant) in your calculation. Interesting isn’t it?

Another function in this calculator is UNIT CONVERTER. Wow. For example you wonder how many km is 1 mile?. Just put your question in ADDRESS BAR, like this

1 mile in km

You’ll got your answer. But unfortunately, you just able to convert one to one correspondence, so you can’t write : 1 kg/m3 in g/cm3. Google will interpret this expression as word.

You can convert currency. Say, you want to know how many rupiahs is 1 dollar?. Write

1 dollar in rupiah

But remember that this result is for information only. It’s not a real-time result. You should check for example http://www.xe.com for more accurate result.

2. Look for Definition

Do you remember in the WALL-E film, the Space-ship captain wondering about earth material. He didn’t know about earth, and he asked computer : DEFINE EARTH.

You can ask Google with that command too, if you don’t know the definition of  one word. Just put DEFINE: in your ADDRESS BAR, and Google will present you with the result. Try this

Define: Earth

3. Translator

Google able to translate to your language too. So, if you want to read this blog in your language, just go to http://translate.google.com, write web address to translate, choose translation direction, and bam… you got your translation.

BUT REMEMBER.. Although it’s translation good enough, but it still had many error. You should check original version for perfect interpretation

See Abs.Net in Chinese Version below

4. Looking for specific file Type

Maybe this trick is old one. You can found it in Google search trick everywhere. You can search about 13 different file type including

  • Adobe Portable Document Format (pdf)
  • Adobe PostScript (ps)
  • Lotus 1-2-3 (wk1, wk2, wk3, wk4, wk5, wki, wks, wku)
  • Lotus WordPro (lwp)
  • MacWrite (mw)
  • Microsoft Excel (xls)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint (ppt)
  • Microsoft Word (doc)
  • Microsoft Works (wks, wps, wdb)
  • Microsoft Write (wri)
  • Rich Text Format (rtf)
  • Shockwave Flash (swf)
  • Text (ans, txt)

by writing filetype: after your sentence. For example, you want to search education presentation powerpoint, write like this:

education presentation filetype:ppt

That’s ordinary trick. The other useful trick is looking for specific range of date. You don’t want your result is obsolete, right?. So, click Advanced Search, click Date, and set your desired date range. See picture below. With this method, you’ll always got fresh result.

5. Explore The Planet and The Sky

Want to buy a property in the sky?. First, you must explore which site there is a strategic one. With the help of Google, you can do this easily.  See This:

 

Click here for more information

6. Google Map

Want to explore earth through the sky. If so, use Google Map. You won’t lost. Go to http://maps.google.com

Psst, you can zoom in to see the terrain, or even your hourse

7. Google in your Cell Phone

Picture worth thousands word. Check this out

 

 

 

–oo00oo–

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