Calculator calculator calculator calculator calculator
July 25, 2009 8:54 AM   Subscribe


 
Don't forget the peptide properties calculator.
posted by overhauser at 8:58 AM on July 25, 2009


Your google-fu is strong.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 8:59 AM on July 25, 2009


Ctrl+Esc+R+"calc"
posted by mrgrimm at 9:00 AM on July 25, 2009


The BPM one is actually kind of fun to tap along to your favorite songs.
posted by starman at 9:04 AM on July 25, 2009 [1 favorite]


Cheers for the non-insult use of the "tool" tag.
posted by hippybear at 9:04 AM on July 25, 2009


Google as a calculator and converter is pretty awesome, yes. I use it on a daily basis and sometimes it surprises me how intuitive it is.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 9:10 AM on July 25, 2009


Great post, thanks.
Here are two that I've run across in my wanderings:

Nuclear Bomb Effects Computer (the classic 1962 version)

Nuclear Weapon Effects Calculator (a modern Java-based version)
posted by AsYouKnow Bob at 9:13 AM on July 25, 2009 [1 favorite]


The Graphing Calculator Story, by Ron Avitzur.
I used to be a contractor for Apple, working on a secret project. Unfortunately, the computer we were building never saw the light of day. The project was so plagued by politics and ego that when the engineers requested technical oversight, our manager hired a psychologist instead. In August 1993, the project was canceled. A year of my work evaporated, my contract ended, and I was unemployed.

I was frustrated by all the wasted effort, so I decided to uncancel my small part of the project. I had been paid to do a job, and I wanted to finish it. My electronic badge still opened Apple's doors, so I just kept showing up.
Best calculator story you'll hear all day. If not, I'll make you a sandwich.
posted by now i'm piste at 9:14 AM on July 25, 2009 [7 favorites]


Your google-fu is strong.

Snarkety snark snark. Someone got out of bed on the wrong side.
posted by scratch at 9:23 AM on July 25, 2009


Angle/Time/Video/Frame Calculator. I use this at work all the time.
posted by bxyldy at 9:40 AM on July 25, 2009


Once all these calculators drive you to drink, you can use the Blood Alcohol Content Calculator to figure out whether it's safe to drive home.
posted by localroger at 9:44 AM on July 25, 2009


Taschenrechner:
I'm the operator with my pocket calculator
I'm the operator with my pocket calculator
I am adding and subtracting
I'm controlling and composing
I'm the operator with my pocket calculator
I'm the operator with my pocket calculator
I am adding and subtracting
I'm controlling and composing
By pressing down a special key, it plays a little melody
By pressing down a special key, it plays a little melody
I'm the operator with my pocket calculator
I'm the operator with my pocket calculator
posted by pracowity at 9:50 AM on July 25, 2009 [2 favorites]




Online stopwatch
posted by acro at 10:11 AM on July 25, 2009


I've had my TI-89 forever now, and I'd like to know why there isn't a simple program I can download to replicate its functionality. Anyone know of one? Mathematica or Matlab, I suppose, but any simple freeware?
posted by alexei at 10:47 AM on July 25, 2009


The Daft Logic distance calculator is pretty cool, especially for international distances.
posted by blucevalo at 11:00 AM on July 25, 2009


I've had my TI-89 forever now, and I'd like to know why there isn't a simple program I can download to replicate its functionality. Anyone know of one? Mathematica or Matlab, I suppose, but any simple freeware?

TI-89 emulator?

Virtual TI-89?

If you are just looking for a simple graphing device, there are many out there for free.

Graphcalc (I like the use of the huge display when not using the graphing part, like an adding machine).

Lybniz (graphing only)
posted by Brian B. at 11:17 AM on July 25, 2009


I've had my TI-89 forever now, and I'd like to know why there isn't a simple program I can download to replicate its functionality.

If you don't mind taking 'replicate' a little literally you can download an emulator.

The thing is though, when you buy a TI-89 today, and yeah they still sell them, you're basically buying software. Because that hardware isn't worth anything like the $100 they charge. It can't be worth more then a few bucks. I suppose the lack of high-tech might be good for battery life, but damn.

If you really like math though learning matlab is really a good idea, though. GNU has an open source clone called octave. The GUI isn't as nice (as in, there is none) but it should be compilable with most .m files.
posted by delmoi at 11:17 AM on July 25, 2009


INT. RESTAURANT - NIGHT

Calculator pops into a chair in a swank night club. He's wearing a tuxedo. The woman across the table from him is also Calculator, but in a gown. He looks around the restaurant. Everyone is Calculator in different clothes. Calculator is panicked. The girl Calculator across the table looks at him seductively, winks and talks.

GIRL CALCULATOR
Calculator Calculator Calculator Calculator...

Calculator looks confused. The Calculator waiter approaches, pen and pad in hand, ready to take their orders.

WAITER CALCULATOR
Calculator Calculator Calculator?

GIRL CALCULATOR
Calculator Calculator Calculator Calculator.

WAITER CALCULATOR
Calculator Calculator.
(Turning to CALCULATOR)
Calculator?

CALCULATOR looks down at the menu. Every item is "Calculator." He screams:

CALCULATOR
Calculator!

The waiter jots it down on his pad.

WAITER CALCULATOR
Calculator.

Calculator pushes himself away from the table and runs for the exit. He passes the stage where a girl singer Calculator is singin sensuously into the microphone. She is backed by a '40's style big band of Calculators.

SINGING CALCULATOR
Calculator Calculator Calculator Calculator...

Calculator flies through the back door.
posted by WCityMike at 11:23 AM on July 25, 2009 [4 favorites]


Don't forget these.
posted by ActingTheGoat at 11:25 AM on July 25, 2009


By the way, speaking of Texas instruments, they suck. They are completely coasting here, they've cornered the education market and lots of schools now use TIs in their curriculum, so economically it's like they're selling textbooks. A couple dollars worth of electronics rather then a few bucks(?) worth of paper with lots of IP that they only lazily update. I mean it's 2009 and they're selling a computer with a couple hundred k of ram, a 68k or z80 CPU running at a few Mhz for $100. It makes it impossible to, say, interactively interact with graphs because it takes a few seconds to render them.

I'd love to see real graphing calculator put out for android devices or something.
posted by delmoi at 11:27 AM on July 25, 2009 [3 favorites]


707.58008
posted by Rhaomi at 12:01 PM on July 25, 2009 [2 favorites]


Your favorite calculator sucks.
/snarkulator
posted by hypersloth at 12:28 PM on July 25, 2009


Beer Math Calculator, which I find indispensable for brewing
posted by zachxman at 1:54 PM on July 25, 2009


How can you possibly have a post on calculators without a link to Jim Martindale's site? He's been collecting these links for like fifteen years people.
posted by Rhomboid at 2:17 PM on July 25, 2009


And yet, I can't seem to find a decent polar coordinates graphing calculator.
posted by Obscure Reference at 2:29 PM on July 25, 2009


I'd love to see real graphing calculator

http://www.hp.com/canada/products/landing/calculators/50g.html

You can still use RPN as god intended.
posted by prak at 2:36 PM on July 25, 2009


Nor can I find an integrated, simple, javascript-based 'How many solar panels will I (probably) need to power ${set_of_appliances}?

But that's just me being lazy. Thanks for this.
posted by eclectist at 4:28 PM on July 25, 2009


Shell Oil
posted by Effigy2000 at 4:31 PM on July 25, 2009




Indeed, 710 77345
posted by kuatto at 5:18 PM on July 25, 2009


I'd love to see real graphing calculator put out for android devices or something.

Take a look at handyCalc (free from the Android Market), it's pretty impressive.
posted by vanar sena at 11:24 PM on July 25, 2009


Fixed handyCalc link.
Intro video (youtube).

I really do recommend this calculator if you've an Android handset. The symbolic equation solver alone is worth it.
posted by vanar sena at 11:34 PM on July 25, 2009


Heh. I actually already have handycalc installed, but I hadn't played around with it very much. Mainly because I didn't have any actual math to do on the go :P It also doesn't seem to have many functions, just your basic trig and algebra. I'd like something that can do calculus and linear algebra.
posted by delmoi at 12:18 AM on July 26, 2009


Don't forget Wolfram|Alpha.
posted by jabberjaw at 9:51 PM on July 26, 2009




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