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Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

Monday, January 1, 2007
13 years ago10,186 views

Search for something like: 2007-10
google.com/search?q=2007-10

or 10 dollars in euro
or 10 km in miles

It still works in the search box of Firefox 2.

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Weird. This was definitely working last night.

It's not working from my Firefox search box either.

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

It should work.

Enter
2007-10=
and wait.

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Hmm. Any chance this means that there will be a new version of Google Calculator (not really sure how they'd change it though tbh) coming out?

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Only bad news from the Plex lately. I wonder what's happening there. Maybe (s)he's responsible for this:
adsense.blogspot.com/2007/01/h ...

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

<< Enter
2007-10=
and wait. >>

Ah yes, it seems to show suggestions for simple sums but not for conversions, etc.

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

This works as well:
10 km in miles

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Ionut, I'm writing an article since one hour about that, as I said to Haochi ^^ But hard to end an article when unexpected issues come ;-)

Use Google suggest in the toolbar or... live.com ;-)

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

What's next?
Breaking news. Pop-ups on Google.com.
Also in the news:
Google redirects to Yahoo if your query contains "if"
Google Reader hacked
Google Toolbar, preloaded with worms

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Google Dance!

Eytan Buchman [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

It was working about 5 hours ago. This is weird...This, the searchmash downtime...they probably aren't working today, right?

Mambo [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Does (did) the Web API support calculations? If so, do they still work?

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

> Does (did) the Web API support calculations?

Google's Web API reference doesn't mention the calculator feature, and since the Web API also didn't support oneboxes, I guess not...
code.google.com/apis/soapsearc ...

Mambo [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Ah, I think I must have been getting mixed-up with spelling requests.

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Anyway, the help page about calculator is still online (since 2003 ;-])
google.com/intl/en/features.ht ...

Glenn [PersonRank 0]

13 years ago #

yeah, but the calc logo image isn't there anymore, it returns a 404:


google.com/intl/images/calc_im ...

Jason Schramm [PersonRank 5]

13 years ago #

It was working last night, now it isn't. I love how they fill the site with useless tips, and remove useful ones.

Haochi [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Geez, the Y2K+7 bug is disastrous...
Try "2 plus 2 equals".

Cody [PersonRank 0]

13 years ago #

This was working for me as of noon today. When I tried it again tonight, it didn't work for me as well.

Rigel [PersonRank 1]

13 years ago #

google.ca/search?hl=en&q=2 ...

2007-10 worked in my google search on the new firefox 3.0 alpha

Rigel [PersonRank 1]

13 years ago #

Oh! I see now what's happening!

Do the search of 2007-10 first from " google.com\" matching the address exactly. The calculator doesn't work.

Now do the search of 2007-10 from " google.com/ig\" voila!

BTW: You may need to login

J├╝rgen [PersonRank 1]

13 years ago #

[put at-character here]Glenn: No the calculator image ist still there:


google.ca/intl/en/images/calc_ ...

Andy [PersonRank 0]

13 years ago #

Seems to be working ok for me:

google.co.uk/search?num=100&am ...

returns

13 centimeters = 5.11811024 inches
   More about calculator.

Search for documents containing the terms 13 cm in inches.

Ditto currency conversions, weight conversions. Perhaps it's just all been a little blip and everyone has gone into a panic?

Christoph [PersonRank 1]

13 years ago #

Seems so. Everything coming back here too.

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Yey! It's back.

Rigel [PersonRank 1]

13 years ago #

The difference here seems to hinge on some server directives such as the "/ig" google personalized homepage, and other country domains.

This could be a server upgrade by google, and the calculator will be back online for regular US users soon at the google.com search box.

For now it seems to work for me, however, it does not work in other web site google search boxes because those reference " google.com\"

Have fun folks!

or [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

works for me fine at both urls

MrSix [PersonRank 0]

13 years ago #

Works fine for me too.

Wendy Boswell [PersonRank 1]

13 years ago #

Works fine for me.

However, the synonym syntax hasn't worked for probably six months (tilde plus word). Still shows up in the Advanced operators (google.com/help/refinesearch.h ...), but it doesn't work worth beans.

Matt Cutts [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Yup, I think the calculator folks are on this and looks like it's fixed.

Wendy, when I search for ~help I see help bolded as well as "support" and "FAQ" so I think the tilde operator is working. I wouldn't expect [~help -help] to return any results (way in the past it did, but I think people started to scrape to find the synonyms).

Qin Zhi Lau [PersonRank 1]

13 years ago #

I tried the exact same equations in the article in Google, and it works fine for me.

seonewsblog [PersonRank 1]

13 years ago #

It was probably part of the "google dance". Keep on the lookout for new features in the calculator if this is the case.

Thank You

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Bug fixed... with the same old bugs... google.fr/search?hl=fr&q=d ...

Matt Cutts [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

By the way, Philipp, I believe that the tips are scheduled to be removed with our next weekly binary push (hopefully in the next few days). The substring matching was unintentional and should stop completely. They may eventually bring exact-match messages back, but I believe that they'll be looking at how to make sure that things are very targeted. I think they may also reconsider the use of the word "tip" as well.

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Another good news... brought to you by Matt Cutts. I think we need more good news to compensate for the last days.

Matt Cutts [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

TOMHTML, that one didn't bother me that much, but I mentioned it to the team for them to prioritize; thanks for mentioning it.

Ramibotros [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Philipp isn't it time to update ur post and say it works agn?

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Thanks Matt, it wasn't an obligation, you can have fun with that ;-)
"one euro each day" : google.fr/search?hl=fr&q=u ...

google.fr/search?hl=fr&q=1 ...

Pierre S [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Leave it as it is. I thinks that's too much fun to be removed if the calculations are correct. ;-)

Joe [PersonRank 0]

13 years ago #

It's the second and G-Calc is working again. :-) I tired your search and it works. To bad it does not give how the answer is found, for example:
when you do "150 seconds in minutes" Google gives you just: 150 seconds = 2.5 minutes. Oh well. :-)

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Thanks Matt – post updated!

Matt Cutts [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

TOMHTML, that's a weird currency/calculator conversion; I'll mention that one too. :)

Luca [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

[Moved from "more on google calc" – Tony]

due to a bad cut&paste, iv'e googled for "month"
google.com/search?sourceid=moz ...

surprise , the first result is the google calc:

1 month = 30.4368499 days

30.4 days?????? the average month!

a search for "day" or "hour" don't give similar result....

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

And so many fun bugs like that (even if there it's not really a bug...)
Read this thread please :
[Threads now merged – Tony]

David Hetfield [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

nice find
you also got 2 motnhs, 3 months and so forth..
google.com/search?hl=en&lr ...

google.com/search?hl=en&lr ...

google.com/search?hl=en&lr ...

Mrrix32 [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

15 years in nano seconds:
google.com/search?hl=en&lr ...
Interestingly Google tells us that:
<<The "AND" operator is unnecessary – we include all search terms by default>>
Although it DOES need it to work out (The) "answer to life the universe and everything"

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