Friday, 11 August 2006

Fly in and out of enough airports and you'll end up dazed and confused. After flying something like a zillion miles so far this year and transiting who knows how many gates at how many airports, combined with the fact that Arizona has a history of operating on it's own unique clock like a separatist nation... Well anyhow I got to Phoenix (at least I know where I am) and realized I have no idea what time it it here. I am also too lazy to get up and find a clock (a device you'd think you'd find in abundance, but which is actually desperately missing from almost every airport).

So, Google to the rescue. Did you know Google will tell you what time it is anywhere you like? Just ask:

What time is it in Phoenix, AZ?


There ya go - It's not just about keyword search!

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Friday, 11 August 2006 14:00:37 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
"It's not just about keyword search"

Amen to that. I discussed this a little while ago on my blog on a similar note about Value added search (!C97E92F3E4DAD144!394.entry). Just doing relevant keyword searches isn't enough, and search engines are already good enough IMO. Next step is getting their acts together and bubble up answers to what I'm really searching for, like the current time.
Saturday, 12 August 2006 07:14:59 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Hmm. Oddly, that doesn't work for Boston - neither "What time is it in Boston?" nor "What time is it in Boston, MA?" will turn up a result. It must be a very selective set of cities that it will return the time for.

Sunday, 13 August 2006 05:51:51 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Nice, although it didn't work for Calgary, AB (that's Alberta, not Alabama) but did work for Toronto, ON (Ontario).
Monday, 21 August 2006 12:35:36 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
That is really awesome. I haven't tested it out yet, but will definitely be doing that soon!
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