Years, months, and daze

Earlier today I was poking around in the Calculator app that’s included with Windows 7. (Hey, it was a slow day.) The lowly Calculator app remained unchanged from Windows 3.0 in 1990 up through Windows Vista, but it’s been overhauled for Windows 7.

New options at the bottom of the View menu cause Calculator to sprout special purpose calculators to the right of the familiar keypad. These calculators perform all types of unit conversion in addition to calculations such as mortgage payment and fuel economy.

But the one that caught my eye today was the Date Calculation panel. Hmmm, how many days since I was born? I was astonished to see that the answer is 19,999 days! Tomorrow my odometer rolls over as I celebrate the big Two-Oh. Oh, oh, oh.


If you want to check your age—or see how much older I am than you—open Calculator and then choose View, Date Calculation or press Ctrl+E. In the meantime, I’m going to party like it’s 19999.

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