What’s that in inches?

What’s that in inches?
Mac Tip #219/02-November-2005

In New Zealand we switched from pounds, shillings and pence to decimal currency in 1967. Almost 40 years later I doubt anyone mourns for trying to divide or multiply by twelve or twenty, let alone handle farthings, ha’pennies and guineas.

At some point we also switched to litres, kilograms and various other decimal measurements. Unfortunately for me, I will always remain 5 foot 6 inches tall and have absolutely no concept of what that is in metres.

Convert units of length.

Convert units of length.

Help is at hand though with Apple’s trusty Calculator. Look in the Applications folder and double click Calculator. Enter the number 5 — you can just type 5 on your computer’s keyboard or you can click the 5 key on the Calculator keypad.

Next visit the Menu bar and choose Convert — Length. Set the pop-ups to convert from Foot to Meter and click OK. Store that in memory by clicking the M+ key on the Calculator keypad.

Now we repeat the routine but convert 6 inches to metres. Store that answer as well and finally click the MR key on Calculator to retrieve the final answer: 5 foot 6 inches is 1.6764 metres.

Update exchange rates.

Update exchange rates.

While feet and inches remain constant, currency fluctuates. If you want to convert New Zealand dollars to US dollars you can add an extra step. Note that the Convert menu has an item at the bottom to update exchange rates. First connect to the Internet and then choose to update the rates. Hmmm, NZ$10 is worth US$7.02 as I write this.

By the way: if you use Tiger you’ll find Calculator is one of the applications that was significantly upgraded over earlier versions included with Panther and before.

Note: click on the thumbnails for a larger version of the screenshot.

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One Comment;

  1. Miraz Jordan said:

    L emailed:

    Well, I didn’t know that! very useful – eg for me re speed limits on the road. However the weights & masses weren’t any good for cooking comparisons which is by volume or in NZ by weight, US by volume (most US cooks don’t use scales).

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