A little bit of Google goodness

I discovered a couple of things that Google can do today that I’d not come across before, and I’m pretty damn sure that at least one of them is new to Google as well as to me.

In my job I have to do a fair amount of work with the Japanese, and as you can imagine the time difference means that there isn’t much of an overlap when both the Japanese and the English are at work. Previously when I’ve wanted to find out what time it is over there I’ve had to do a search on Google for one of the many websites that will tell you what the local time is in a country. Today, however, when I searched for time in japan I was greeted with the local time in Japan. Fantastic!

The second “discovery” I made was another plaintext search - if you search for “Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s birthday” you’ll be given his date of birth above the normal search results. Unfortunately, even though I have two of them (like the queen - although Google believes she only has one), my birthdays aren’t special enough to receive the Google treatment.

But I can hardly hold that against them, can I? I love finding these little extra nuggets of goodness ready to help make simple searches that much simpler, and I’m so very greatful that they’re developed.

comments (2) | write a comment | permalink | 24 May 2006

Google Pack

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