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    Unit Converter

    I'm sure you people have a couple of these in your Software directory, but just in case:
    <hr>Unit Converter is a freeware tool that can take care of all your unit conversions, even when offline. It has an easy-to-use interface and contains most of the units commonly encountered while solving engineering problems. With more than 400 units, you are likely to find the units you are looking for. The application's other features include the ability to add user-defined conversions. Everything is built into a single EXE file, so no uninstaller is necessary. Its small file size makes it easy to distribute to friends and coworkers.<hr>
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    Re: Unit Converter

    Looks quite similar to the one I use Diegol - Convert, which does just about anything to anything (if it makes sense <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> ).
    Also <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>ware, of course.

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    Re: Unit Converter

    Hi Alan,

    I think I got to know about Convert here sometime in 2002. That's why I suspected most loungers would be stocked on measure converters. Another great alternative is the outstanding Babylon Translator - the free version, which is no longer available <img src=/S/sad.gif border=0 alt=sad width=15 height=15>.
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    Re: Unit Converter

    What really annoys me about these programs (even the one that I found on special offer at $29.99!) is that there is no option to use the units in their original, non-US, names, such as
    litre
    centimetre
    metre

    I don't know why this annoys me -- it just does! It wouldn't take much effort to work out your Regional Location and adjust accordingly.

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    Re: Unit Converter

    This may be way off base for what you fellas are after, but whenever I need to do a conversion, I go here (online). Of course, my needs are usually minimal.

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    Re: Unit Converter

    I'm usually rather more tolerant than your good self <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> in accepting "non-English" variations, but this is one that has always irked me too. In particular, "meter" is a measuring device in my books, while "metre" is a standard of length, and the twain should never meet. Lest we end up with a kilometer as a device for measuring kilos. And what's a voltmeter? 1 voltmeter = 1 V x 1 m? By unnecessarily using the phonetically easier "meter" in place of "metre", you've effectively just robbed the language (English and its variants) of yet another useful distinction. <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Unit Converter

    Well, since metre, litre, etc. are actually French spellings, I don't think you guys should keep claiming them! <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Unit Converter

    Well, strictly Australian is a colonial variant, so John would no doubt take umbrage at "real" English being coupled with Australian. Still, your point has merit (particularly for the umbrage component <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15> ).

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    I thought that Umbrage was a region in Italy.

    Or the village location for "an everyday story of country folk"...

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    Re: Unit Converter

    <hr>Of course, my needs are usually minimal.<hr>
    Well, I haven't used these with a definite purpose yet (save for currency equivalencies when Babylon was still "alive" and receiving online information). But as long as there is a non-zero probability of needing a conversion, even if it's once in my whole life, that's a good excuse for downloading a couple of apps. What did you think it was all about? <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>

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    <hr>By the way, I need another DL dose... <hr>Just alerted to this sight - much of the usual stuff, but should keep you off the streets for a while. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Unit Converter

    That was real nice of you... I'll be off with FreeMind for the next couple hours. <img src=/S/brainwash.gif border=0 alt=brainwash width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/bouncenburn.gif border=0 alt=bouncenburn width=31 height=31> <img src=/S/groovin.gif border=0 alt=groovin width=21 height=21>

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    Re: Unit Converter

    Per chance, I stumbled on another one - Universal Unit Converter. Does some unusual stuff like bits, bytes, megabytes etc. At 3.45MB it's a bit bloated for this kind of app though, IMO.

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    Re: Unit Converter

    <hr>Does some unusual stuff like bits, bytes, megabytes etc.<hr>
    BTW, shouldn't it be 1 MB = 1024 KB (see attached)?
    I've always thought that and the fact that 1024 is 2^10 seems encouraging to accept the above... On the other hand 10^3 might seem equally enticing, but since it's computer stuff I'd assume a binary base which seems more likely.
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    Re: Unit Converter

    I've never found a definitive answer on that one. Maybe there isn't one, since the the binary counting base you mention (x 2

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