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timeforcake: A pair of Google tips & five links

ERIN PHEILspecial to the daily

Yes, Google provides a million and one services. Google conducts web searches for you, lets you send e-mails via Gmail, tracks your website’s analytics, and lets you create, edit, and store documents online. Were you aware that Google is also more than happy to serve as your … calculator? There’s no Google Calculator application. There’s no Google Calculator page. Just drop your math equations right into the Google search box and hit the Search button. Can’t figure out the answer to 5 times 10? Just type “5*10” into Google, hit the Search button, and the Google Calculator answer will appear in bold at the top of your results page. (Wait – did you really not know what 5 times 10 was? Really?)The Google Calculator even knows quite a few things that the normal, everyday calculator could only wish it knew. Type the following math questions into the Google search box (and then hit the Search button, of course) to see what I mean …How many seconds in a decade?How much is a Googol?What is the loneliest number?What is once in a blue moon?How many feet are in a smoot?

Sometimes Google cares about the same things you do, sometimes it doesn’t. Have a look and see what I mean: Google just isn’t as sensitive as you. In fact, it’s completely case-insensitive. It doesn’t matter if you type your searches in capital letters, lowercase letters, Title Case, or a completely random MixTUre of capital and lowercase letters. It’ll give you the same results no matter what case(s) you use.Google isn’t the grammar geek you are. It really doesn’t care about most of the punctuation you include in your web searches. Yes, you may be proud of your commas, periods, question marks, semi-colons, less-than signs, greater-than signs, and brackets. But Google couldn’t care less about them, really. It just ignores all of ’em.Google isn’t as wordy as you. Google very much prefers that you get to the point. In fact, Google won’t pay attention to anything you’ve typed beyond the 32nd character in its search box.

1. http://tinyurl.com/y9v9cuh – Very, very neat post comparing past to present by juxtapositioning 25 nostalgic photos with 25 present-day photos.2. http://tinyurl.com/ybhfane – This Intel energy monitor will tell you the cost of running your appliances. (Well, it will … just as soon as it goes from prototype to purchasable product.)3. http://tinyurl.com/ornxcd – The seven deadly sins of blogging.4. http://tinyurl.com/yavqwdf – The Getting Started Guide to Google Analytics. Everything from signing up to installing to learning how to read your reports.5. http://www.boingboing.net – This is just a really cool, kick-a** site you should visit every now and then. It offers a constant stream of information that’s funny, informative, witty, thought-provoking, unusual, fascinating and entertaining.eRin pheiL is the owner of timeforcake (www.timeforcake.com), a web design and development studio in Frisco. She can be reached via e-mail at erin@timeforcake.com.


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