James Selvakumar’s Blog

February 25, 2008

Can you do this in Windows?

Filed under: ubuntu — James @ 2:21 pm

Today i happened to use the ubuntu calculator application to do some minor calculation.
I was trying to calculate the size of a file in megabytes.(which i intended to download)

This is what i wanted to calculate:

Normally, in windows, I use to do something like this:

1. Type 496890302

2. Type/press “/”

3. Type 1024

4. Type/press “/”

5. Type 1024

6. Type/press “=”


6 steps for a simple operation….!!

And how about this…?

Step 1:

Step 2: Type/press “=”

Unknowingly, I’ve been doing this many times so far in windows. What a waste of time..?

And one more thing..
When you take a screenshot in windows (by pressing alt+printscreen), it’s just copied to clipboard. Then you need to open an application like “Paint” or “IrfanView” to save the screenshot to a file. And the default format used by “Paint” (in my case) is “bmp”. Because of that, the size of the 4 windows calculator screenshots i posted above is about 2.9 MB.

When you take a screenshot in ubuntu (by pressing alt+printscreen), it prompts you to save the screenshot to a file. And it uses the “png” format to save the screenshots. As a result, the 2 ubuntu-calculator screenshots i posted above are about 45 KB only.

(Yes, it’s true that if I save using “png” format in windows by using some good tools like IrfanView, then i can get reduced file size. But in this post, i tried to explain the default behaviour of both operating systems)



  1. I’m not a Windows fan, but I can do it… if you made a comparative analysis between both basic or advanced calculator it would be fair.

    In your pretty ugly Ubuntu, you should try Fedora, you use the advanced calculator but in your also ugly Windows you made use of the basic calculator. In both advanced calculators I can do this by typing/pressing/pasting it… and I also can do this in the basic calculators by pasting “496890302/(1024*1024)” (without quotes). The only problem I saw is that in both windows versions you will see the brackets result, not the typed/pressed/pasted formula like in the Linux calculator, you need to press the = bottom or type enter to see the complete result.

    Yes, it’s really annoying to open an app like paint every time you made a screenshot in Windows, but you also can save it in png, and of course this is in the Save As option.

    Comment by Luis Medina — March 21, 2008 @ 2:50 am | Reply

  2. Thanks for your comments. I agree that it’s a mistake comparing “apples” and “oranges” here. But even then, i feel the linux variant much better.

    And regarding the png format, yes paint does provide an option, but that’s not “default”. And for many users who don’t even know what a png format is, this shall make a huge difference.

    Just curious about the fedora thing. I too love fedora. Would you don’t mind sharing what made you to love fedora? And could you point me some good tutorials on getting started with fedora.

    Thanks for your valuable comments.

    Comment by James Selvakumar — March 21, 2008 @ 12:15 pm | Reply

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