handy google time zone feature

I’ve not seen this mentioned over at the Google Help page, but it understands plain English time zone requests, so asking it:

time in new york

does exactly what you’d expect: the current local time at the top of the page, and a list of links for the rest of it. Very handy, as I rarely need a full blown world clock, but just need to check it’s sane to make a call.

Now I just have to sit back and wait for the people saying: “Yup, been using it for the last 24 months”… If you have, could you tell me where you discovered it ? Just in case there’s a super-secret page of not-even-beta Google features I’m missing out on.


  1. Dave July 7, 2006

    Didn’t know about the time zone thing, but there’s lots of features in Google that aren’t obvious.
    For the terminally maths-challenged (me), you can type in equations and it’ll give you the answer; it even understands a fair number of functions: sqrt(100) gives the obvious answer.
    If you want a quick word-definition, then you can use type in “define: >word<” and it’ll look the word up on a few ‘definitive’ websites.
    I’m sure there’s others, but they’re the ones I use regularly.

  2. Marcus August 31, 2006

    In KDE (3.4 and above) you can configure the clock to show you which ever times zones you want when you mouse over the clock.

    In Gnome (which I have running on the work laptop with SLED) I can’t find an equivalent.

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