Converting world timezones with DuckDuckGo and Wolfram Alpha from the browser address bar

I just can’t stop loving this.

By typing !wa time of some timezone in some other place in DuckDuckGo search box you get Wolfram Alpha results what the clock will look like some other place and in your local time. Example (with DuckDuckGo browser search integration, install from their homepage):

Screen Shot 2013-03-28 at 5.03.59 PM

This is the most excellent when agreeing on international meetings. Because if you do timezones in your head you will end up getting it wrong (summer time shifts, etc.) Also I have tried every other world time tool out there, starting from bought iPad and Mac App Store apps. I tried HTML5 apps. I tried Android apps. They all sucked.

Wolfram Alpha just rocks. And DuckDuckGo makes it accessible for me literally within one second, as I have my browser running all the time when I am working. If I ever meet a person who created this I’ll buy him a beer.

Also see my earlier DuckDuckGo power user tips.

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2 thoughts on “Converting world timezones with DuckDuckGo and Wolfram Alpha from the browser address bar

  1. One obvious and simplier alternative to wolfram seem to be simple unix “date” command, which is also quite liberal in what it accepts:

    % TZ=CET date -d ’10 AM PDT’
    Wed 3 Apr 19:00:00 CEST 2013

  2. Hi Mike,

    But unfortunately time command cannot do geolookup and timezone mapping based on town, city, state or country.

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