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Bryan Chaffin
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June 15, 2018 6:10 EST PM  

I've got a great tip for anyone who ever needs to do a Metric conversion—it's easy to do right from Spotlight on your Mac. In my experience, Spotlight is largely ignored by many Mac users. It's a very useful tool, however, and this tip is a great example of that. All demos were done in…


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furbies
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June 15, 2018 10:18 EST PM  

A small nit pick ? It's spelt "kilometre"

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Bryan Chaffin
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June 15, 2018 11:06 EST PM  

Not on this side of the pond. 😂


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tonyp
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June 15, 2018 11:30 EST PM  

I'm puzzled by the term 'English'. Since America seems to be the only country in the world that doesn't use the metric system, shouldn't it be "American–Metric Conversion"?
Thanks for the tip, though. It will be very handy converting online recipes that have lbs and ozes.


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June 16, 2018 1:43 EST AM  

Works in IOS Spotlight as well.


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Lee Dronick
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June 16, 2018 7:44 EST AM  

I’m puzzled by the term ‘English’. Since America seems to be the only country in the world that doesn’t use the metric system

I am guessing because we got most of the measurement system from England. I suppose we could rename it to the American, or Fun Measurement System, but whatever we call it I hope that we stick with it instead of giving in to the dark side of Metric. There is no poetry, no soul in the Metric System.


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geoduck
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June 16, 2018 9:23 EST AM  

OK this is a very handy tip. Especially that it works in iOS Spotlight. Thanks.


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Jamie
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June 16, 2018 11:44 EST AM  

That is super handy, thanks Bryan. 🙂


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Frank V
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June 16, 2018 2:45 EST PM  

You can do the same for currency conversions, just type 100 GBP and you get equivalent amount in EUR, USD, CHF, JPY and CAD.

Sorry Bryan, not for Bitcoins. 😉


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Bryan Chaffin
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June 16, 2018 4:46 EST PM  

That tip is coming on Monday! I use it all the time, too, mostly for TMO stories. And yeah, not Bitcoin prices... 😀


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stanbh
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June 17, 2018 1:46 EST AM  

I found out you don't have to type quite so much to get those measurement values. Instead of Kelvin, for example, just type K. Centimeters can be just cm, so "in centimeters" (which you didn't really use) doesn't have to be so laborious or time consuming. It even takes BTUs.


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