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irv
July 15th, 2010, 09:45 PM
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This Calculator is coming in GNOME 3.0.0 and will be included in Maverick Meerkat 10.10 OS.
Check out the article at http://news.softpedia.com/news/Improved-Calculator-App-in-Ubuntu-10-10-147637.shtml
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wewantutopia
July 15th, 2010, 10:07 PM
'Bout time...

Extcalc from the repos works great though. I usually imediately replace the stock one with it (in the menus at least).

irv
July 15th, 2010, 10:11 PM
'Bout time...

Extcalc from the repos works great though. I usually imediately replace the stock one with it (in the menus at least).
When I was still in the work force I used one in Windows that I really liked, but I can even remember what it was called. I am looking forward to this one, not that I need a calculator that much anymore since I retired.

wewantutopia
July 15th, 2010, 10:15 PM
I used this: http://www.graphcalc.com/ in windows and when I switched to Ubuntu I pretty quickly looked for something with similar functionality. This is extcalc: http://extcalc-linux.sourceforge.net/ in the repos.

I use a calc on the computer when doing finances.

MrNatewood
July 15th, 2010, 10:17 PM
I doubt it could compete with Qalculate

standingwave
July 16th, 2010, 06:49 AM
This Calculator is coming in GNOME 3.0.0 and will be included in Maverick Meerkat 10.10 OS.What, no RPN?

irv
July 16th, 2010, 01:48 PM
What, no RPN?

OK, I play dumb, what is "RPN"?

Duncan J Murray
July 16th, 2010, 01:53 PM
Looks good - I like the shiny new buttons.

RPN - reverse polish notation - you enter in all of the parameters, before you apply the function. So 3 + 4 is input as : 3 4 +

Dunc

coolbrook
July 16th, 2010, 01:59 PM
Awesome. The calculator shortcut is a fixture on my panel.

irv
July 16th, 2010, 02:02 PM
Awesome. The calculator shortcut is a fixture on my panel.

Yes, I think it's a tool most of us user. I know I use it when I am trying to figure out where all my money went?

Morbius1
July 16th, 2010, 02:22 PM
Let's hope that the new calculator doesn't fall prey to the bug in Windows base calculator that's been there for 15 years or so.

What's the answer to 3+4*2= ?

If a human reads the problem or if you bring up the current gcaltool it will interpret the problem as:
3+(4*2)=11

If you bring up Windows standard calculator ( at least WinXP and earlier ) it sees the problem as:
(3+4)*2=14

irv
July 16th, 2010, 02:36 PM
Let's hope that the new calculator doesn't fall prey to the bug in Windows base calculator that's been there for 15 years or so.

What's the answer to 3+4*2= ?

If a human reads the problem or if you bring up the current gcaltool it will interpret the problem as:
3+(4*2)=11

If you bring up Windows standard calculator ( at least WinXP and earlier ) it sees the problem as:
(3+4)*2=14

If you want, make sure you present you problem to the calculator the way you want. You do this by using the Advance view, and put in the problem in like: 3+(4*2) or (3+4)*2 and you will get the answer you are looking for.

Miguel
July 16th, 2010, 02:50 PM
Yeah, all very nice and dandy. Let's hope now it understands 27^(1/3). Gcalctool really hates fractions in exponents, so I ended up using either python (writing 1.0/3.0 sucks, though) or writing 27^0.3333333 which is only approximate. Furthermore, when you start using physical constants with nice exponents it craps out.

Today, whenever I need something more than 27/3435636.9, I either use my calculator or if I'm going to cut-paste stuff I'll resort to an interactive python session.

irv
July 16th, 2010, 03:23 PM
Hey, Let's have a math class today!!!!!

digitalcitizenx
July 16th, 2010, 03:57 PM
ppa for lucid here:

https://launchpad.net/~robert-ancell/+archive/gcalctool

looks great

irv
July 16th, 2010, 04:30 PM
ppa for lucid here:

https://launchpad.net/~robert-ancell/+archive/gcalctool

looks great

Thanks for the ppa, I installed it: 163622

NMFTM
July 16th, 2010, 04:51 PM
Real men open up Bash and run Python.

Miguel
July 16th, 2010, 05:01 PM
Today, whenever I need something more than 27/3435636.9, I either use my calculator or if I'm going to cut-paste stuff I'll resort to an interactive python session.


Real men open up Bash and run Python.

I *knew* there was something manly about that.

irv
July 16th, 2010, 05:17 PM
I *knew* there was something manly about that.

All you programmer are the same. Hey, wait-a-minute, I am one too, or at least I play around a little.

Miguel
July 16th, 2010, 07:03 PM
All you programmer are the same. Hey, wait-a-minute, I am one too, or at least I play around a little.

Mind you, I'm a physicist. No offence taken, though.

irv
July 16th, 2010, 07:33 PM
Mind you, I'm a physicist. No offence taken, though.

Thank you for not being offended. I have done some calculations in scripts also, but I still like to use the calculator. I just had to use it a few minutes ago. My sister-in-law own me some money, and I had to figure out the tax.